Spring 2017 Gala raises over $180,000!

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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
  • Amy Knight
  • 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
  • Siobhan Creem
  • Keith and Carri Dolin
  • Jill Draper
  • 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
  • Mitchell and Amy Radin
  • Declan and Rebecca Ryan
  • Joanie Schwarz Portraiture
  • Stefan and Amy Shaffer
  • Liz Skoler and Mark Becker
  • Jesse and Dan Torrey

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