MPAC gala tops $500K for arts education programs

From left: Greg Supron, Chair, Board of Trustees. MPAC; Starlight Ball Honoree Unjeria C. Jackson, MD; MPAC president and CEO Allison Larena, Nov. 15, 2019.


From the Mayo Performing Arts Center:

Mayo Performing Arts Center raised critical funds for its Arts Education programs at its annual Starlight Ball, held on Friday, November 15 at the Park Savoy in Florham Park.

Nearly 300 guests turned out for a Mardi Gras themed evening that featured a sitdown dinner, dancing to the Tom Costello Orchestra, a dazzling performance by MPAC’s Performing Arts Company, a silent auction and more.

Unjeria C. Jackson, MD, received the Starlight Award, given to an honoree each year for his or her dedication and service to MPAC’s mission. Dr. Jackson has been a member of MPAC’s Board of Trustees since 2009 and is rotating off the Board at the end of the year.

Over $500,000 was raised at the event. Additional funds will be raised through an online auction that begins the first week in December.

The Starlight Ball Committee: (L to r)
Thomas Woodard, Marcia Hunter, Vicki Malone, Myla Pridgen, Tess Lewis, Marylyn McLaughlin, Wendy Supron, Unjeria Jackson, Wendy Aresty, Charlie Meizoso, Janet DeMeo, Sheri Alexander, Lisa Wallburg, Danielle Malloy, Susan Sinay, Trish Grushkin, Nov. 15, 2019. Photo: MPAC

MPAC is dedicated to providing exceptional arts education opportunities to children and adults of all ages and abilities.

Through our Performing Arts School, School Programs, Main Stage Performances and Outreach Opportunities, we expose over 40,000 participants to theatre classes, school time shows, workshops, seminars, student recognition programs, and enrichment opportunities. Each program strives to make the performing arts a vital component of every child’s upbringing and to spark a lifelong interest in music, dance and culture.

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