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NJPAC's Spotlight Gala 2018

The Women’s Association of NJPAC’s Spotlight Gala 2018

The Women’s Association of NJPAC’s Spotlight Gala 2018 kicks off NJPAC’s season and benefits NJPAC and its arts education programs. Event is on Saturday, September 29 @ 5:30PM – 11:30PM at New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Festive Black Tie Attire.

The Women’s Association of NJPAC has been raising money for NJPAC and creating magical moments for friends of the Arts Center for nearly 25 years now. The WA’s annual Spotlight Gala is always the party of the year in New Jersey–not just for the spectacular entertainment, but for the remarkable party that surrounds it.

This September, we’re going to out-do ourselves with a celebration of the musical legacies of Lena, Billie and Sarah, a one-time-only performance, features special surprise guest Valerie Simpson and music greats Cyrille Aimée, Southside Johnny, Raul Midón, Alice Smith, and Bernie Williams, performing songs made famous by jazz divas Lena Horne, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan. Hosted by six-time GRAMMY®-winning bassist Christian McBride and his Big Band!

Funds raised through this remarkable evening will send teaching artists into schools, put instruments into the hands of schoolchildren, and keep world-class artists on NJPAC’s stages.


Barry H. Ostrowsky
President and CEO, RWJBarnabas Health
2018 Founders Award for Commitment to NJPAC, Newark and the Arts

Gala Co-Chairs

Mindy A. Cohen
Vice President, Women’s Association of NJPAC

Kevin P. Conlin
Chairman, President & CEO, Horizon Blue Cross Shield of New Jersey

$1,000/individual ticket; tables of 10 guests each starting at $15,000. To purchase tickets or table sponsorships with a credit card, Click Here!


Hip New Jersey attended the One World Water Lantern Festival at Liberty State Park, Jersey City on July 20th. The festival brought people together to decorate and launch their lanterns as well as enjoy food, and music.

The festival had a full day of events and fun for all in attendance! With plenty of games, live performances from local bands and food trucks, there was something for everyone. There were also local vendors at the event for people to shop at.

In addition, guests were able to decorate and customize their lanterns however they wanted. Guests could see different designs  ranging from dedications to family, friends and loved ones to patterns resembling the lanterns from Tangled and so much more! Then came the launching of the lanterns into the water for a magnificent display, lighting up the water between New York and New Jersey.

Despite one of the  dates being postponed, the festival overall enjoyed huge success. Over 3,000 people were in attendance. People said the festival is beautiful with all the lanterns in the water and how unique the event truly is. The lanterns were made with wood and rice paper, making the festival environmentally friendly. The staff also makes sure to clean up all the lanterns after the festival is over.

The purpose of this event is to bring people together and promote peace and love among all of them. Furthermore, it was a time to celebrate hope, healing and happiness through the different experiences of everyone involved.

For more information on this event and others like it across the country, click here!