We are so excited about our SOLD OUT Gin & Jazz event this Friday night. We thought you might have some questions about the evening, so here’s an FAQ to address any concerns you might have in advance! For additional questions, please contact Susan Yarad at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where should I park?
Uber is a fabulous option so that you can enjoy our signature drinks crafted by Hendrick’s Gin and the Summit House. If you do plan to drive, please use our parking lot at 68 Elm St. as well as the overflow parking we have secured across the street at LCJ Summit Middle School. Please drink responsibly!
What should I wear?
Think dressy casual! What you might wear for dinner at the Summit House is a good guide, especially since we know many people will come straight from work.
Did I hear something about an after party?
You may have! While the party officially ends here at the Art Center at 10 PM, Summit House will be open to host those who want to keep the evening going. Best of all, they have offered to donate 20% of all bar sales to the Art Center to help us continue our mission of transforming and enriching lives through the shared experience of art.
Will there be fun auction and raffle items?
Absolutely! We will sell raffle tickets for some really awesome items—yoga, running, and sports gifts galore; box tickets to a Devils game; a backyard party for 30 by Tito’s Burritos; amazing wine, and more. Additionally, we have three items to auction off live at the end of the night: dinner in your home for 12 by Summit House; 20 suite tickets to watch a NJ Devils home game in the Official Devils Alumni Suite and meet-and-greet with Ken Daneyko; and a painting created just for the event by Jill Crouch, one of the Art Center’s talented students. Talk with your friends about what you might bid on and even go in together on something!
Can you tell me more about the food and drink?
It’s going to be fabulous. We will serve seasonal hors d’oeuvres created by Summit House Executive Chef Martin Kester and perfectly crafted Hendrick’s cocktails designed by lead bartender, Bobby Frascella. Beer, wine, and autumn sangria will also be on offer!
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The Art Center’s Studio School Scholarship Program serves local families with financial need whose children and teens crave the opportunity to learn how to paint, to draw, to exercise their creativity. Because of the generous support of donors we are able to offer a limited number of scholarships and camperships to local families.
Your support of the Art Center’s Annual Appeal will help us continue to provide high-quality arts education to families here in our local neighborhoods.
Night of Wonder raises over $180,000 to help fund scholarships, exhibitions, and outreach!
On Saturday, April 1, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey held its annual spring benefit “Night of Wonder: Celebrating the Art of Imagination” at the Art Center in Summit. The stylish evening included cocktails, a seated dinner in the Main Gallery, and live and silent art auctions and raised over $180,000 to fund the Art Center’s acclaimed contemporary art exhibitions as well as outreach initiatives, including arts enrichment for underserved children, seniors, and low income families.
Gala co-chairs were Jesse Torrey of Maplewood and Kelly Deere of Summit. Gala committee members included: Heather Braun, Kate Buchanan, Karen Caplan, Marie Cohen, Jill Draper, Terri Friedman, Matt Gould, Betse Gump, Ellen Hochberger, Amy Knight, Liz Skolar, and Elisa Zachary. Gold sponsors include: Marie and Roy Alan Cohen, Lisa Butler and Bob Kelly, Betse and Frank Gump, Amy Knight, Siegel + Gale, and the Wilf Family Foundations. Silver sponsors included: David Ellis Events; Kelly Deere and Lee Shavel; Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper; and Debi and Frank Schwarzmann. Bronze sponsors included: Clelia Biamonti and Adam Psichos, Heather and Elliot Braun, Kate and John Buchanan, Siobhan Creem, Keith and Carri Dolin, Jill Draper, Terri and Mark Friedman, Tom Gordon, Christine and Andy Gottesman, Ellen and Stuart Hochberger, Kayla and Richard Pechter, Point View Wealth Management, Mitchell and Amy Radin, Joanie Schwarz and Don Rosenthal, Stefan and Amy Shaffer, Liz Skoler and Mark Becker, and Jesse and Dan Torrey.
Thank you to all our Sponsors!
Lisa Butler and Bob Kelly
Marie and Roy Allen Cohen
Betse and Frank Gump
David Srere, Siegel + Gale
Wilf Family Foundations
David Ellis Events
Kelly Deere and Lee Shavel
Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C.
Debi and Fred Schwarzman
Clelia Biamonti and Adam Psichos
Heather and Elliot Braun
Kate and John Buchanan
Keith and Carri Dolin
Terri and Mark Friedman
Tom Gordon and Joanne Ng
Christine and Andy Gottesman
Stuart and Ellen Hochberger
Kayla and Richard Pechter
David Dietze and Claire Toth, Point View Wealth Management