Nonprofit State Theatre Benefit Raises $500,000

NEW BRUNSWICK—On May 19, the State Theatre Benefit Gala 2012, featuring Michael Feinstein, honored Aetna and long-time State Theatre patrons, Russ and Stephanie Deyo; and presented a Leadership in the Arts Award to Mason Gross School of the Arts. The Gala raised $500,000 for the nonprofit performing arts center. Proceeds from the gala event support the State Theatre’s acclaimed artistic and educational programs.

Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, five-time Grammy®-nominated entertainer performed selections from the great American songbook with his 5-piece band including “Hello Dolly,” “Hooray for Hollywood,” “Luck Be A Lady,” and “What Kind of Fool.” Feinstein closed the show with a rousing performance of “New York, New York.”

The State Theatre Benefit Gala 2012 recognized three honorees this year—corporate honoree, Aetna; patron honorees, Russ and Stephanie Deyo; and Leadership in the Arts honoree, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University for its artistic achievements.

“All three honorees have made remarkable contributions to the arts and the New Brunswick community and we were thrilled to honor them,” commented Mark W. Jones, State Theatre President & CEO.

More than 500 patrons attended the Black-Tie Dinner Dance at New Brunswick’s The Heldrich Hotel. Among the attendees were community, arts, business and civic leaders from central New Jersey and around the state.

The State Theatre Benefit Gala 2012 committee included (Trustee Vice Chairman/Gala Co-chair) Ann H. Asbaty of Randolph; (Trustee/Gala Co-chair) Efrem B. Dlugacz of Princeton; (Trustee/Gala Vice Chair) Timothy W. Harbison of Hillsborough; (Vice Chair) Connie Harbison of Hillsborough; Madiha Boraie of Milltown; (Trustee) Sam Boraie of New Brunswick; Mary Agnes Brodowski of Yardley, PA; Diane Garback of Manasquan; (Trustee) Doug Garback of Manasquan; Cathy Gombas of East Brunswick; (Trustee) Bill Herman of Clifton; Carolyn and Dave Horn of Skillman; (Trustee) Andrew J. Markey of Basking Ridge; (Trustee) Sherard Murphy of Piscataway; Ashley Petrasek of North Brunswick; (Trustee) Susan Podlogar of Flemington; Lisa Rapolas of Somerset; Claudia Saviano of Boundbrook; (Trustee) Ralph Saviano of Boundbrook; Preeti Shankar of Neshanic Station; (Trustee) Raj Singh of Piscataway; Maggie Stavrianidis of Somerset; and (Trustee) Peter Stavrianidis of Somerset.

The Emerald Gala Sponsors included: Aetna and Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.

Diamond Gala Sponsors included: CIGNA; Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; and PSE&G.

Platinum Gala Sponsors included American Benefits Consulting, LLC.; Robert and Joan Campbell; John J. and Regina Heldrich; KPMG; Mercer; and Towers Watson.

Gold Sponsors included: Aon Hewitt; Ballard Spahr, LLP; Boost Rewards; Boraie Development; Contemporary Graphics; The Garback Agency / Prudential Agency Distribution; IKON; Lowenstein Sandler PC; Magic 98.3; Magyar Bank; MetLife; Partners in Care; Prudential; Raymond James Financial; Reed Group; Ralph and Claudia Saviano; Alma Scott; The Star-Ledger; and Warren and Wendy Zimmerman.

Platinum Underwriters included: Russ and Stephanie Deyo; Efrem Dlugacz, and Andrew J. and Betty Markey.

Gold Underwriters included: ARAG; Ann and Lou Asbaty; Gilbane Building Company; Connie and Timothy W. Harbison; Edward and Mary Hartnett; Bill Herman; Carolyn and Dave Horn; New Jersey Press Media Solutions – A Gannett Company; Pacific Resources Benefits Advisors; Susan and Brent Podlogar; Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital; Michael and Caryl Wagner; Donna and Jack Walcott; Take Care Health Systems, a Walgreens Health and Wellness Company; Anne and Robert Wilson; and Xerox.

Silver Underwriters included: David J. Bershad; Robert and Elaine Ciatto; Louis and Sharon Cyktor; Kevin and Susan Egan; JoAnn Heisen and David Lenihan; PNC Bank; Lisa and Ron Rapolas; Trion, A Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC.; and Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA.

State Theatre, a premier nonprofit venue for the performing arts and entertainment. The theater exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through education.

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