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Women's Association of NJPAC Gala


The New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

On October 20,  the Women's Association of NJPAC  held their 10th Anniversary Season Spotlight Gala at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey. Starring Newark's own award-winning Queen Latifah, performing with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Neeme Järvi, the event grossed more than $3 million.

Fittingly, for the Arts Center's 10th Anniversary, the evening honored the three men who have served as chair or co-chair of the NJPAC Board of Directors, founding chair Raymond G. Chambers, former co-chairman Dr. P. Roy Vagelos, and current co-chairman Arthur F. Ryan.  The Honorable Thomas H. Kean, former New Jersey Governor and the man credited with the original idea to build the Arts Center, served as the event's honorary chair.

This year's Gala co-chairs were  Judy Bedol, Patricia A. Chambers, Sheila F. Klehm and Nancy Taylor.  The Gala Committee included  Mary Beth Backof, Audrey Bartner, Patricia Capawana, Barbara Bell Coleman, Christine C. Gilfillan, Veronica Goldberg, Ruth C. Lipper, Pamela T. Miller, Esq., Gabriella E. Morris, Esq., Ferlanda Fox Nixon, Esq., Patricia E. Ryan, Suzanne M. Spero, and Diana T. Vagelos.


NJPAC 10th Anniversary honorees: Raymond G. Chambers, Arthur F. Ryan, Dr. P. Roy Vagelos with honorary Gala chair Governor Thomas H. Kean.


Ruth C. Lipper, president of the Women's Association of NJPAC ( in red); with Gala co-chairs  Judy Bedol, Patricia A. Chambers, Sheila F. Klehm and Nancy Taylor.


The Honorable Jon S. Corzine, Governor State of New Jersey.


Queen Latifah and Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (NJ).


Mark and Nancy Taylor.


Sheriff Armando B. Fontoura with Mary Fontoura.


Andy and Diane Kaslow; Nancy and
Mark Taylor.


Lawrence P. Goldman, president & CEO of NJPAC with Guest.


Lenny and Katie Krol.


Governor Thomas H. Kean and Women's Association trustee, Patricia E. Ryan.

Photos: ©Manhattan Society.com 2007 by Christopher London
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