SOPACnow 2019

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SOPACNOW spring 2019

A publication of South Orange Performing Arts Center

Dance Brings Exhilaration to SOMA Students Courtesy of AileyDance Kids A prestigious national grant of $75,000 from The Hearst Foundations in 2018 allowed SOPAC to launch a three-year sequential Dance Residency in the South Orange-Maplewood School District. With the support of James Manno, Fine and Performing Arts Department Supervisor, SOPAC partnered with AileyDance Kids (a program of the renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) to bring teaching artists into the district’s middle schools. The pilot year culminated in February (2019) with an outstanding student performance at SOPAC which included an excerpt from Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece, Revelations.

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From the Executive Director Dear Friends, Our thirteenth season has brought some significant and exciting changes to SOPAC. Most notably, we embarked upon a three-year partnership with the South Orange/Maplewood School District to bring Alvin Ailey’s educational dance residency program to the middle schools of our two communities. Neither school offered dance as part of their curriculum, and SOPAC was able to help fill a critical gap. This was made possible by a grant of $75,000 that SOPAC received from The Hearst Foundations, which funds high-caliber programs on a national level. We will continue to expand SOPAC’s footprint by serving the artistic needs of children in our community and region. That is my vision for SOPAC and my commitment to the future of the organization. Our fund-raising efforts will largely be focused on achieving this goal. We have continued on our trajectory of bringing our communities and region the highest-tier artistry on our main stage (the newly named Jennifer & Tony Leitner Performance Hall), which included five sold-out performances in a row at the beginning of our season featuring Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patty Griffin, Justin Hayward and a double header of the Indigo Girls. We have also focused intently on diversifying our programming and presenting artists who reflect the interests of our increasingly changing communities. From Scottish Pipers to high octane Bluegrass, from local up-and-coming Jazz luminaries to the greatest Folk and Pop artists of the last fifty years, our thirteenth season has been replete with interesting and dynamic performers. And next year is shaping up to be an extraordinary season that will turn heads and drop jaws (check out Graham Nash on September 25th for starters!) It’s gonna be great! We have launched a new initiative called Membership2020. We will strive to have that many members by the end of the 2020 calendar year. Membership provides myriad benefits, including presale access to the best seats at SOPAC and discounts on purchases, in addition to other perks. It also helps support your favorite performing arts center’s efforts to achieve its most charitable work. AND…it helps us underwrite the costs of bringing you the stellar artists that you have come to love hearing and seeing on the intimate SOPAC stage. Please become a member if you aren’t one already at None of the foregoing could happen without your financial support, attendance, volunteerism and advocacy. We are so grateful that for the fifth year in a row, we have been named Favorite Small Performing Arts Center through the Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards. That happened because you believe in us and our place as a superb, boutique performing arts center in North Jersey. Thank you for making SOPAC your home for the arts. Sincerely,

SOPAC Wins 5th People’s Choice Award 2019 marks the 5th year in a row that SOPAC has been voted “Favorite Small Performing Arts Center” in the annual Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards. We are very proud, and grateful to our loyal supporters who cast their votes in the January 8 – February 20 voting period. Arts organizations throughout the state vied for top honors in the friendly competition, but SOPAC’s patrons made all the difference in getting out the vote. Winners were announced in March at a special reception in the ArtPride NJ offices in Burlington.


PEOPLE’S AWARDS CHOICE WINNER South Ora nge Perform ing Arts Center (SOPAC)

all Perform Discover Jersey Arts is a statewide ing Arts Ce nter program of ArtPride NJ. It fosters awareness of the arts in New Jersey and provides services to help arts institutions market their offerings to a wider audience. Take a moment to visit their website at and become a member. It’s free, and they’ll keep you informed of special offers and events. Favorite Sm

(L to R) Allison Tratner, NJSCA Executive Director; Celeste Post, Dee Billia, Kristin Svorinic, SOPAC Marketing Team; Adam Perle, ArtPride NJ President & CEO

Save the Date SOPAC’s Gala Saturday, November 2, 2019 We’re already planning for the Fall Gala at SOPAC. It’s the perfect time of year to celebrate all the great things happening at SOPAC and the people who make it happen. You’ll enjoy great entertainment, delicious food, interesting and unusual silent auction prizes and much more. Make sure your name is on the invitation list. E-mail with your contact information today.

Mark E. Packer Executive Director 2 Spring 2019 SOPACNOW


Tell Them I’m Still Young A world premiere drama by New Yorker Julia Doolittle, Tell Them I’m Still Young brought laughter, tears and more than a little emotion to record-breaking audiences for the American Theater Group in a January production. It also brought Emmy Award-winning Andre Braugher and Tony Award-winning Michele Pawk to the stage in what can only be described as tour-de-force roles for these acclaimed actors, who both live in South Orange. Actors Janice Amaya and Seth Clayton rounded out the small cast, and made their moments shine. Allen, a professor, and Kay, a poet, have lost their only child in a tragic accident. The pain and grief rend the fabric of their marriage as they take refuge in other activities that distract them from facing their lives without their beloved daughter. As they struggle to reconcile their guilt, they also struggle to save their marriage.

“ Tell Them I’m Still Young — a new play by Julia Doolittle…has a remarkable final scene featuring its two primary

Braugher, of Homicide: Life on the Street fame, intends to bring the play into Manhattan next year.


The Bridges of Madison County comes to the SOPAC stage June 20–30. With a soaring score, and based on the best-selling novel, The Bridges of Madison County portrays a passionate and moving love story.


The Bridges of Madison County JUN 20-30

SOPAC Gala 2018 The stars shone brightly on the 2018 Gala honoring South Orange’s legendary Dionne Warwick, Samuel Convissor, Dan Arrighi and Sam Joseph.

Achievement Award to a standing ovation. Lifetime friend Leslie Uggams presented the award. judy collins, dionne warwick and leslie uggams

Ms. Warwick’s history in the music business is studded with Grammy Awards, 75 charted hit songs and over 100 million records sold. Her musical partnership with Burt Bacharach and Hal David produced some of the most iconic songs of the ’60s and ’70s. She graciously accepted the Lifetime


Activist and philanthropist Samuel Convissor is a longtime supporter of SOPAC and has sponsored the Juilliard @ SOPAC series for several years. His love of classical music and encouragement of young artists brings some of the finest young musicians to the SOPAC stage.

2018 Honorees Sam Joseph, Dan Arrighi, Sam Convissor

Dan Arrighi and Sam Joseph have been pillars of support for SOPAC from its earliest days. Dan served on the Board for many years, and Sam brings his expertise to several committees. Their philanthropy and dedication to SOPAC is instrumental in forging a strong foundation for SOPAC’s success. Spring 2019 3

member spotlight

Member of the Year Carl Wolf Plays to Win Carl is a SOPAC ambassador extraordinaire. In 2018, Carl personally solicited approximately $100,000 in donations and ticket purchases for SOPAC’s first annual Texas Hold ’em Tournament and Casino Night and is on track to do the same in 2019. Carl has a way about him that makes it hard to say no, and he pleads the case for SOPAC extraordinarily well! The funds for this annual event go a long way towards supporting SOPAC’s education initiatives and annual programming, and we are truly indebted. Carl Wolf is a passionate business man, health enthusiast and arts benefactor. He has over 35 years of experience in the management and operations of companies in the food industry and is currently serving as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of MamaMancini’s Holdings, Inc. His MamaMancinis brand meatballs can be purchased at supermarkets across the country. He was the founder, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Alpine Lace Brands, Inc, and introduced the first reduced-fat cheese into the marketplace. Carl also founded and managed MCT Dairies, Inc. On the health front, Carl has been committed to a healthy lifestyle for decades and is an avid spin instructor. Carl was elected to the SOPAC Board of Governors in 2017 and was an active SOPAC member leading up to his joining the Board. Carl and his wife, Marion, are South Orange residents. In appreciation of his unparalleled dedication, the South Orange Performing Arts Center recognizes Carl Wolf as Member of the Year. 4 Spring 2019

Meet SOPAC’s New Board Members After serving as Director of Alumnae Relations at Kent Place School for five years, Carol Gardner began a more than two-decade career at New York University. She held administrative positions at NYU Law School and the NYU Development and Alumni Relations department, and was founding director of the NYU Women’s Initiative, a program established to stimulate financial support by increasing alumnae’s intellectual and social involvement. In 2008, Carol joined the leadership team establishing NYU Abu Dhabi. Since retiring in 2013, Carol focuses on the arts, her volunteer work and her family, including her two grandsons. She served on the Board of a local museum, continues to usher at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, counsels at Dress for Success and the NYC Volunteer Referral Center, and savors the time to enjoy cultural activities. A graduate of Columbia High School and Skidmore College, Carol lives in Summit with her husband, Gerry. Ever since her freshman year in college, Grizel Ubarry has been advancing organizations that focus on community development, begin­ning in her hometown of Camden. Upon graduating in 1976 from Rutgers University, Grizel became executive director of Aspira Inc. of New Jersey at the age of 24. After six years, having completed a master’s in public administration at Rutgers, she left Aspira to work as special assistant to the New York Commissioner of Human Resources Administration. In 1983, as director of Essex County Housing and Community Development Division, she managed a $7 million program that helped 18 municipalities improve their housing stock and rehabilitated their neighbor­ hoods and business districts. Subsequently she became focused on helping nonprofit organizations grow their capacity to improve neighborhoods. As president and sole proprietor of G. Ubarry Inc. for the last 33 years, Grizel specializes in working with non-profit organizations, community development corporations, charter schools, businesses, and financial institutions in the management and sustainability of successful communitydevelopment initiatives. In addition to SOPAC she serves on several Boards throughout the state. SOPACNOW

Jennifer & Tony Leitner Performance Hall Dedicated To be designated as an “angel” denotes a level of service and philanthropy that goes above and beyond the usual generosity displayed by many of our loyal patrons. Jennifer and Tony Leitner have been “angels” to SOPAC for many years, giving of their time, wisdom and treasure. Tony was our past Board of Governors Chairman and is always available SOPAC angels Jennifer and Tony Leitner are honored for consultation, at the dedication ceremony June, 2018. special events and Last June we were honored to name the SOPAC performances though theatre the Jennifer & Tony Leitner Performance Hall he and Jennifer relocated to Pennsylvania last year. to recognize their selfless dedication and generosity. Jennifer is always there beside Tony and gives of her Thank you, Jennifer and Tony, for spreading your time freely to SOPAC committees and special events. Their impact continues to reverberate through our halls. angel wings over SOPAC.

Membership2020 Sets High Goal SOPAC is proud to launch MEMBERSHIP2020, a membership drive with the goal of doubling SOPAC’s household membership by the end of 2020. As part of the launch, SOPAC has introduced a brand-new membership program, featuring added member benefits and levels, providing members with the opportunity to customize their SOPAC experience and reap even more value than before. Some of the many benefits include:

4 Pre-Sale Access to Tickets 4 Invitations to Exclusive Member Events 4C omplimentary Ticket Offers 4 Ticket Discounts, and more!


SOPAC’s Executive Director, Mark Packer, states, “With the launch of MEMBERSHIP2020 we hope to bring the community closer to SOPAC. What many people don’t realize is that by buying into our membership program, not only are they receiving valuable benefits, but they’re also making a partially tax-deductible contribution to

SOPAC. Which means that our members play an integral role in forwarding SOPAC’s charitable mission to bring world-class artists to our intimate stage and community. Member support is also a vital part of helping SOPAC provide arts education programs that touch the lives of over 9,000 local children each year.”

Thank You The SOPAC Board of Governors extends heartfelt thanks to Arthur Taylor, who will be leaving us at the end of June. He’s shared his support, enthusiasm and expertise to ensure SOPAC’s continued success. We are grateful for his service and hope to see him back again at SOPAC for some great shows!

sopac Board of Governors Paul Bartick, Chair Larry Brodey, Vice-Chair Randall E. Haase, Treasurer Maureen Gammon, Secretary Donna Coallier, Assistant Secretary Dr. Paul Desjardins Jeremy Dobrish Carol Gardner Mark Garner Diana Hart Summer Jones Douglas Newman Robert Sandow Leo Sender Peter W. Shoemaker, PhD Arthur Taylor Grizel Ubarry Karlyn Volk Carl Wolf Johanna L. Wright Deirdre Yates John Zoubek Sheena Collum, South Orange Village President Steve Schnall, South Orange Village Trustee Liaison Mark Packer, Executive Director Spring 2019 5

SOPAC in the Community In addition to bringing AileyDance Kids into the local middle schools, SOPAC fills the community with fun and inspirational arts experiences. Here are just a few:


SOPAC’s Music Residency in the Orange School District brings teaching artists from prestigious music academies into local schools to fill gaps in the classical music curriculum. Over 1,000 paintings and drawings are submitted each year for INSPIRED MINDS, SOPAC’s annual art exhibition for Essex County highschoolers. A jury of art professionals, practitioners and experts narrows the pool to about 60 pieces that will be installed in The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery at SOPAC. An open public reception in May is the culmination of the student’s efforts, and the artwork will hang through the summer. Please check inspired-minds for details.

This year, SOPAC partnered with Nimbus, a professional dance company headquartered in Jersey City, to launch the High School Dance Workshop for select students of The Special Dance Company at Columbia High School. The young dancers worked with professional teaching artists at Nimbus to stage “Bloodlines 1944,” a dance choreographed by Nimbus Artistic Director Samuel Pott that commemorates the

Threshold, by David Fernandez (West Orange HS), PART OF THE INSPIRED MINDS EXHIBIT

recollections of an American soldier fighting overseas during World War II. The students performed the stunning piece at SOPAC on March 29, 2019.

at the herb & milly iris gallery

The Price of Sugar is Sweet for Jenny Reinhardt

top photo: Jennifer Reinhardt with her work, Dextrose bottom: Popcorn by Jennifer Reinhardt

Jenny Flexner Reinhardt’s The Price of Sugar was enormously successful and well-attended. This critically-acclaimed exhibit drew art lovers near and far, intoxicating them with a heady mixture of confection references, street art, abstract painting and figurative drawings. Jenny Flexner Reinhardt studied fine art at the University of Michigan before completing her MFA cum laude at the New York Academy of Art. Reinhardt then immersed herself into the world of art education, sharing her talents and knowledge with aspiring young artists. Love, marriage and children followed, with Reinhardt taking a hiatus from the art world to raise a family. Fast forward to 2015 when Reinhardt signed a lease on a spacious, light-bathed studio in the Valley Arts District of Orange, NJ. She re-immersed herself in her art and explored her identity as an artist, allowing herself reflective time to gain inspiration. In 2017, Reinhardt met Jeremy Moss, curator of The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery, who asked to see her work. He was impressed with her skill, recognizing a major talent reemerging. Moss set a target of two years for Reinhardt to create a body of large works that would adorn the walls of The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery. Three months in and Reinhardt had a concept, and the journey to December 2018 started. 6 Spring 2019 SOPACNOW

Independent Voices Debuts at SOPAC

Entertaining the Future Fund Hits Goal In October SOPAC was proud to have reached its campaign goal of $1,200,000. The Entertaining the Future campaign was established in 2016 with the aim of ensuring SOPAC’s long-term financial stability and continued programmatic success. 50% of the generously donated proceeds will be used for general operating support, with the other 50% going toward a reserve fund which will provide SOPAC with the ability to present world-class artists for years to come as well as address capital expenses as needed. SOPAC’s music residency in the Orange School District

Entertaining the Future was led to success by Executive Director Mark Packer, Board Chair Paul Bartick, and several members of the Board of Governors. SOPAC wishes to thank all those who gave their time and resources to making this campaign a success, particularly leading funders Anthony and Jennifer Leitner, Patti Donovan and Larry and Carol Brodey.

Independent Voices, proudly sponsored by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, is a new series of speakers at SOPAC designed to challenge and NYTimes reporter stimulate thought Maggie Haberman and conversation. Two speakers on the cutting edge of the ever-changing and ever-surprising political events of our times, New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman and senior editor of The Atlantic David Frum, were featured during the 2018-19 season. In October 2018, the Jennifer & Tony Leitner Performance Hall at SOPAC was humming with pre-election buzz as television reporter Budd Mishkin questioned Maggie Haberman about her experience covering the White House during one of the most interesting times in history. David Frum is appearing at SOPAC May 23rd, in a presentation and audience Q&A.

Funders Help In Many Ways

This year we are grateful to have Rea Charitable Trust and Union Foundation added to SOPAC’s family of institutional supporters. Funds from Rea Charitable Trust will help SOPAC’s educational program have a great impact in our region, while funds from Union Foundation provided new sound monitors for our mainstage. For their continued support in this fiscal year, we would like to thank The Hearst Foundations, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, George A Ohl, Jr. Trust, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Iris Family Fund, Orange Orphan Society, Howard Gilman Foundation, Fannie & Morris Sklaw Foundation, E.J. Grassmann Trust, PSEG Foundation and Investors Foundation.


Author and Media Commentator David Frum

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The 2018-19 season, our lucky 13th, was filled with superb performances from Music to Magic, and so much more! Summer brought two amazing artists to our stage with Mary Chapin Carpenter and Patty Griffin lighting up the July night with songs and stories. Audiences truly enjoyed their interactions with these artists. When Mary forgot lyrics to a song one of our front row fans handed her his cell phone with the lyrics! And the show went on to great delight. The Indigo Girls returned to our stage for two back-to-back performances in September. Colin Quinn and the Manhattans added their luster to the season, and The New York Times’s Maggie Haberman was interviewed by Budd Mishkin in the new speaker series Independent Voices. SOPAC’s Gala brought out the glitter and stardust as we honored the legendary Dionne Warwick. With entertainment by Judy Collins, a silent auction and catering by Exquisite Entertaining, the annual Fall fundraiser was a huge success. Return engagements of Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul and Mary fame), Madeleine Peyroux and the Naked Magicians provided a variety of entertainment.


2018-19 Season A Wonderful Variety on the SOPAC Stage

R&B Soul singer Vivian Green made an appearance and Giants of Jazz 21, an annual Jazz extravaganza, gave a touching tribute to South Orange’s own Claudio Roditi. John Oates, Aaron Neville, Janeane Garofalo, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band with Cha Wa turned up the heat in the cold winter months. New this year was our “In the Loft” series featuring Singer-Songwriters, Folk and Jazz artists in the more casual 3rd floor Loft. Mary Fahl, Suzzanne Douglas, James Maddock, Garland Jeffreys and Ellis Paul gave our Loft performances a new element. And our Blues and Jazz in the Loft series continues to present local musicians with an international reputation. Bluegrass fans saw their idols Del McCoury and David Grisman in March, dance fans were treated to two world premiere pieces by the acclaimed Nimbus dance company. With dozens more performances yet to come through June we are already booking our 14th season. Keep an eye on the e-news as we keep adding to the stellar roster.

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Madeleine Peyroux

Don McLean

John Oates

Del McCoury & David Grisman— “Del & Dawg”

Roger McGuinn

Mary Chapin Carpenter

The Manhattans

Cyrille AimÉe

Noel Paul Stookey and Peter Yarrow

Vivian Green

Indigo Girls

Aaron Neville

Laurie Berkner

los lobos

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SOPAC Mission Impact Sopac Income In-kind Contributions 10%

Ticket Revenue 29%

Institutional Contributions 18% Individual Contributions 15%


Sopac Expenses

Rental Revenue 26%

79% Programming 12% Administrative 9% Fundraising

Other Revenue 2%


Economic Impact

Cultural Impact

Community Impact

$1.5 million in ancillary spending generated by SOPAC audiences annually*

150+ ticketed performances

Arts Education: 9,000+ children from 90+ schools served

142 full-time local jobs supported by direct SOPAC or ancillary audience spending*

25 school performances

Inspired Minds exhibit: 1,000 submissions from high-school artists

54,000 people engage in SOPAC programming annually

8 free gallery shows seen by thousands *Source: Americans for the Arts Prosperity 5 Calculator

South Orange Summer Nights: co-produce 8 free concerts & movies in the park Playin’ Around South Orange: 5 pianos installed in public spaces

A special thank you to SOPAC’s government, foundation, and corporate supporters! The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation The Orange Orphan Society E.J. Grassmann Trust

The Hyde & Watson Foundation

Rea Charitable Trust Fannie & Morris Sklaw Foundation Union Foundation

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Hirzel Canning Company

George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust

Lakota Holdings World Wide Sales Corp. SOPACNOW

staff spotlight

Outstanding Staffers Dedicated to Excellence Alicia Whavers and Katelyn Fatzler have both made outstanding contributions to their respective departments in the past year. Taking initiative in learning new technology and bringing solutions to various challenges have enabled their departments to function more efficiently. Both of these young staffers take great pride in their work, and in their commitment to excellence. Alicia Whavers first joined SOPAC’s Audience Services team in 2016 as a Box Office Representative and House Manager, providing excellent customer care and assistance. Her talents eventually brought her to head SOPAC’s volunteer program as Audience Services Manager. In her current position, Alicia oversees more than 100 volunteers who work as ushers and administrative assistants. Between coordinating volunteer orientations and scheduling shifts, she somehow finds the time to audition for and produce theater performances. Alicia graduated from Drew University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Theatre Arts. Her passion for performing arts began in high school and became a hobby turned career. “Knowing that I’ve helped people connect with the arts is a rewarding experience for me.” As Alicia explains it, “theatre tells a story” and she loves helping others get the most from the artists that cross the SOPAC stage. Katelyn “Katie” Fatzler has graced SOPAC with her presence for 4 years. Starting off as a Box Office Representative and House Manager, she then transitioned to Box Office Supervisor, Administrative Assistant, and finally Development Associate. As a bastion in SOPAC’s membership program, she enjoys talking to patrons and members as well as helping them through their concerns; “Being here you can see how much everyone cares. And it is awesome being able to do something that helps.” When asked about her connection to the arts she stated, “I’ve always appreciated it, but I think it’s music that really connects with me. I was a flutist in a youth band for eight years and a radio DJ for four years.” Katie began working at SOPAC during her time at Seton Hall University and gained a full-time position after graduating in 2017.

Development Department Welcomes New Staff Ruth Zamoyta, Director of Development, served for four years as Development & Communications Director at New Jersey Theatre Alliance, the service organization for the state’s professional, non-profit theatres. She served over four years as Communications & Project Manager in the Office of the President at Columbia University before joining the Theatre Alliance team. Ruth earned an MS in strategic communications from Columbia University, an MA in English from New York University and a BA summa cum laude from St. John’s University. She is a published poet and novelist, and received a 2018 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Artist Fellowship for playwriting. She is a member of the International Centre for Women Playwrights and the Dramatists Guild.

contact us The SOPAC Box Office is open Monday-Saturday, 12PM-6PM and two hours prior to performances. Phone: (973) 313-2787

Administrative Offices are open Monday-Friday, 9AM-5:30PM. Phone: (973) 275-1114

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sopac staff Mark Packer, Executive Director Beth Fylstra, Chief Financial Officer Kiera Demorin, Bookkeeper & Office Manager Chris Figueiredo, Director of Operations Rich Spector, Special Events & Rentals Manager Kellen Belt, Special Events Associate Grayce Coviello, Director of Audience Services


Alicia Whavers, Audience Services Manager Sheila Corbin Daniels, Box Office Manager Danielle Bouza, Box Office Representative Angelle Whavers, Box Office Representative McKenzie Bowles, Box Office Representative & House Manager Jessica Pendleton, Box Office Representative & House Manager Michael Guarnaccio, Head House Manager

Tom Cogan, House Manager Yolanda Hamilton, House Manager Bill Perlman, House Manager Larousse Pierre, House Manager Felicity Selby, House Manager Maggie Spector, House Manager Linda Beard, Director of Community Engagement Ruth Zamoyta, Director of Development

Katelyn Fatzler, Development Associate Shana Baer, Special Events Coordinator Dee Billia, Director of External Relations Kristin Svorinic, Associate Director of Marketing Celeste Post, Marketing Associate Jeff Rosolen, Director of Production Rob Cruz, Stage Manager

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2018 Donors

Donations received January 1, 2018 through March 1, 2019 **contributed to the Entertaining the Future campaign

South Orange Performing Arts Center’s programs are

made possible by generous support from our many contributors. We extend our sincere thanks to all our donors. $50,000 and up

Patti Donovan* The Hearst Foundations Anthony & Jennifer Leitner* New Jersey State Council on the Arts Township of South Orange Village

$20,000 to $49,999 Dan Arrighi & Sam Joseph* The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation Carol & Larry Brodey* JACLO Industries* Mitchell & Susan Lieberman* Orange Orphan Society SHS Foundation Spartan Capital Securities*

$10,000 to $19,999

Anonymous Edward E. Ayuso II* BCB Community Bank* Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Hirzel Canning Company* Howard Gilman Foundation The Hyde & Watson Foundation Investors Foundation Lakota Holdings* NJ Department of State, Division of Travel & Tourism Rea Charitable Trust Peter Shapiro & Bryna Linett* Karlyn Volk* Carl & Marion Wolf*

$5,000 to $9,999

Anonymous American Express The Bass Foundation* Patricia Bell Donald Brief & Dorothy Litwin Brief* Paul & Catherine Desjardins* E.J. Grassmann Trust Fannie & Morris Sklaw Foundation* Frederick & Maureen Gammon* George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust Randall Haase & Judith Rosenberg* Dean Janeway* Jewish Communal Fund Stuart & Laura Litwin* Lucosky Brookman LLP* Mark & Carolyn Mason The Milchberg Family PSEG Foundation Sandalwood Securities, Inc.*

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Union Foundation Worldwide Sales Corporation* Roseanna & John Zoubek*


Anonymous A+E Networks* Air Group LLC Carole Anzalone-Newman & Douglas Newman* David & Joani Ascher* Atelier Salon & Spa* Burt Bacharach Kenneth & Regina Bann Seymour Beneroff* John & Holly Benge Blue Mountain* Brio Financial Group* Cali School of Music at Montclair State University Sara & Walter Clarke Donna Coallier* Harold & Nomi Colton-Max Mike Conte* Conte’s Pasta Co. Inc.* Samuel M. Convissor* The Daniels Family Eunice David Diane DePaolis & Michael Goldstein Carol & Jeffrey Desind* DeVito & Co.* Michael Dranoff Justin & Suzanne Elmini William V. Engel Entrepreneur Growth Capital* Judith & Robert J Epstein Marc & Natalie Farrell Sanford & Zella Felzenberg* Omari & Trellice Frazier Ralph & Beth Fylstra* Robert & Mattye Gandel* Carol & Gerry Gardner Mark Garner & Suzette Baez* Matt & Jennifer Glass* Michael & Annette Grimaldi Travis Grotewiel* Diana Hart* Celina Herrero Bob & Louise Herz Infinite Foods, LLC* Investors Bank Iris Family Fund Howard & Margaret Jacobs* Summer Jones* Kernick Advisory Group LLC* Kingsland Prime Meats* James Kleeman Dean Landis* Eleanor Lazarus & Barry Evenchick* Warren Leonard & Jim Skelly

Miriam Linver Mark & Melissa Litwin* John & Kate Lubenesky Lytham Partners* Michael Malloy Joanne & Thomas McMahon Owen & Patricia McNany* Mooney-General Paper Company* Kate & Robert Murphy New Jersey Life & Casualty Associates, LLC Michael Och* On Target Staffing LLC* Mark & Laura Packer* Deborah Prinz & Lawrence Neher Steve Rappoport Terry & Nadeen Richardson Rosenberg Rich Baker Berman & Company* Ann & Mel Schaffer The Schumann Fund for New Jersey Sharon & Jimmy Schwarz Leo & Barbara Sender* Robin Ellen Sherer* Peter Shoemaker & Jill Lagerstrom Noel Siegel David & Sylvia Steiner Gary & Faith Taylor Dr. & Mrs. Jules A. Titelbaum Janet & Udi Toledano* Matthew & Adena Traub* Anthony & Trisha Turiano Helaine & Jerry Warshaw* Lynne Whitman & Dan Solender* Valley National Bank Wonder Meats Inc.* Byron & Myrtis Yake Grant Neumann & Bob Zuckerman*

$100 to $999

Anonymous Elizabeth & Michael Aaron Deborah M. & Robert Adler Ryan Aldridge* Christine Alber John & Karen Alexander amfAR Edward Amster Herman Anderson & Adunni Slackman Anderson James Ankner Laurence Aronson Claire & Elliot Asarnow* Rachel Astalos Roberta Auerbach The Avenue Mitchell Baculy Cary & Fredi Baer

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