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André Leon Talley

JOIN ANDRÉ LEON TALLEY AT THE WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION OF NJPAC’S SPRING LUNCHEON

Celebrated fashion industry scribe André Leon Talley shares stories about his extraordinary career on Tuesday, May 7 as the special honored guest of the Women’s Association of NJPAC’s Spring Luncheon & Auction 2019, a festive gathering held annually for the benefit of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on its Prudential Hall stage.

An important figure in African-American culture, Talley will candidly discuss growing up in the segregated South and his journey to the peak of the fashion world, serving as a protégé of Diana Vreeland, Andy Warhol and Anna Wintour. He is a former director of Vogue magazine and a judge on the television show “America’s Next Top Model.” Talley’s life was featured in Kate Novack’s critically acclaimed 2017 documentary “The Gospel According to André.”

Talley is the author of “A.L.T.: A Memoir” and “A.L.T. 365+.” He has edited “The Little Black Dress” and “Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style” and is working on his second volume of memoirs, “Chiffon Trenches.”

The WA, which this year commemorates the 25th anniversary of its founding, also has announced that singer, actress and arts advocate Yvette Glover will receive the Ronnie Goldberg Award 2019 for “Outstanding Contributions to the Women’s Association and NJPAC.” Her award will be presented by her son, Tony Award winning tap dancer and choreographer Savion Glover (“Shuffle Along,” “Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk”), who is NJPAC’s Dance Advisor and a member of its Board of Directors.

“The quarter-century of good works achieved by the Women’s Association of NJPAC puts extra glow into this year’s Spring Luncheon & Auction, one of our favorite events among many,” said WA President Marcia Wilson Brown. “Our legacy was built by nine adventurous women into a 2,500-member powerhouse of talent that supports the mission of the Arts Center and the importance of cultural literacy in the community. We’re celebrating the 25th anniversary by continuing to foster meaningful partnerships, enhancing our visibility, and participating in innovative programming.”

The WA is the largest single fund-raiser for the Arts Center. Co-chairs for the 22nd annual Spring Luncheon & Auction are community leader and philanthropist Deborah Q. Belfatto and Professor Faith Taylor of Montclair State University’s Feliciano Business School and founder of Resiliency Center.

A networking reception and silent auction kicks off the event from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the lobby of elegant Prudential Hall, followed by the luncheon and program on its stage until 1:30 p.m.

A student of NJPAC’s arts education programs, acclaimed 17-year-old jazz vocalist Alexis Morrast gives a special performance at the Spring Luncheon & Auction. Much like another Newarker, the “Divine” Sarah Vaughan, Morrast also is a title holder from “Amateur Night at the Apollo” (winning twice) and captured first place in television’s “Showtime at the Apollo,” hosted by Steve Harvey. A singer from the age of 3, she was named Hot House Jazz Guide’s “Best Up and Coming Young Artist” in 2017.

Attended by hundreds of guests dressed in colorful, garden-party attire, the WA’s springtime tradition features a raffle drawing and mobile bidding on must-haves like luxury vacations, high-end designer accessories, and tickets to the hottest concerts. Past speakers have included author Grace Bonney and celebrity model Ashley Graham.

Presenting Sponsor of the Spring Luncheon & Auction 2019 is RWJBarnabas Health. Underwriters include Prudential, The MCJ Amelior Foundation and United, the Official Airline of Spring Luncheon & Auction 2019.

The deadline for reservations is April 19. To register online, click to NJPAC.org/SpringLuncheon or email womensassociation@njpac.org for additional information.

About the Women’s Association of NJPAC
The Women’s Association of NJPAC (WA) is celebrating 25 years and over $52 million raised to support NJPAC and programs that enrich the lives of our current and future generations of cultural citizens. When the WA was established in 1994, its organizers could be counted on two hands. Since that time, the WA has grown – to some 2,000 members strong today – to help NJPAC achieve its dreams. Many of the most influential and powerful women in the state lend their time, talent and treasure to support arts education for our young, champion Newark’s remarkable evolution, and advance NJPAC as a home for world-class artistry. For years, the WA has worked with the Arts Center to fulfill its mission to innovate, educate, collaborate and advocate. For more information, visit wanjpac.org. Follow the WA at @njpacwomen, #WAluncheon and NJPAC.org/women.

July 4th 2018 Recap – Hip New Jersey

Another July 4th has come and gone!  Here is a list of some  unique Independence Day events around the state in #HipNJ

50 Star Fire Show Experience, Jersey City

Snoop Dogg was the headline performer for the Fifth Annual Jersey City 4th of July Experience. In addition, the festivity had a carnival, continuous entertainment, beer gardens, and food trucks. The show ended with the world-renowned fireworks company Grucci launching fireworks from multiple barges on the Hudson River.

Pier 13 Freestyle on the Hudson, Hoboken

Pier 13 Hoboken hosted the First Annual Freestyle on the Hudson. This event featured live Performances by TKA and George Lamond along with Musical Guests Anthony D, Anthony Pags and Anthony Dilauri.

Montclair 68th Annual July 4th Parade, Montclair

This year Montclair hosted its 68th annual July 4th parade with exciting performances and live entertainment. There was a parade followed by a Family Picnic in Edgemont Park and a fireworks display in the evening at Yogi Berra Stadium on the campus of Montclair State University.

Oceanfest, Long Branch

It is known as the biggest seasonal event on the Jersey Shore and regarded by some as the biggest in the entire state. Now on its 28th year, Oceanfest celebrated Independence Day with a wide variety of live performances, strolling entertainment and also magic shows. They ended off the night with another fireworks show that they claim is the best in all the Jersey Shore!

Morven Museum & Garden July 4th Jubilee, Princeton

In honor of Independence Day, Morven hosts an event to celebrate our American heritage. This year, the event included a meet and greet with George Washington and Annis Boudinot Stockton as well as demonstrations of early American domestic acts. In addition, people had a chance to create parade flags and pinwheels, listen to live bluegrass music and enjoy a variety of food trucks! 

Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular – State Fair Meadowlands, East Rutherford

The State Fair Meadowlands had their Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular at Met Life Stadium. They had a fireworks show visible from anywhere on the State Fair Midway. Live performances included The Steve Bayner Hypnotist show and the Extreme Illusions & Escapes. They also had pig racing, sea lions, a cycle circus, petting zoo and a variety of magic shows.

Summit’s 71st Annual Fourth of July Celebration, Summit

Summit’s Fourth of July celebrated 70 years with traditions including the Children’s Decorated Bicycle Parade and the Grand Fireworks Display. With the coming of another year, the Food Truck Festival was expanded and welcomed a variety of new vendors. Entertainment featured The Infernos on the main stage. Carnival rides and children’s entertainment also occurred into the night along with the opportunity to bounce all night long!

Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular, Wildwood

Wildwood had their annual Fireworks Spectacular yesterday on the Pine Avenue beach. Visible from almost anywhere on the Wildwoods Boardwalk, it was a great time to enjoy the rides, games and stores along the boardwalk in between the special fireworks display!

Reading of the Declaration of Independence, Morristown

Morristown had their annual reading of the Declaration of Independence on the historic Morristown Green. There was also a sing-a-long with Gordon Thomas Ward, a musket salute and guided tours of a Colonial-era graveyard. 

Livingston’s 82nd Annual July 4th Celebration, Livingston

Finally, Livingston’s Celebration took place around Memorial Oval on Robert Harp Drive in Livingston, NJ. It included an Auto Show, Swim Karnival, Pony Rides and CBS-FM Music & Prizes. In addition, there was Pickleball, Cricket Game & Exhibition and KidZone Rides. They also offered family food and live bands in their Beer & Wine Café. They ended the night with their fireworks display.

Elena Marmo on WaterAid

Elena Marmo of WaterAid joined Lisa Marie Latino in the #HipNJ studio to discuss her work with the amazing organization.

WaterAid is an international development organization, working in over 35 countries. They provide access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene.

The Parsippany native tells Latino that there are 844 million people across the globe that do not have access to clean water. “That’s about one in every ten people,” she states.

Marmo has visited Colombia and Cambodia to help spread the mission of WaterAid. They hope to provide clean water to everyone, everywhere by 2030. “We’re on our way, but we’ve still got some work to do.”

In May, students from Montclair State University, Rutgers University and Ramapo University will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money and awareness for the cause. To learn more, click here.