Gabriel van Aalst, Jay Galeota, Kenneth C. Frazier, Linda Bowden, John Hoffman & Dave Huber revel in the night.

Guests enjoy the gala dinner in a vibrant spring setting.

Jason Alexander performs with the NJSO.

Spring Into Music Gala

On April 14, 2018, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra held its Spring into Music Gala.  The event honored Kenneth C. Frazier, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Merck & Co., Inc. The performance showcased the wonderful talents of conductor Bob Bernhardt and Tony-award winning Jason Alexander.

Over 200 guests enjoyed the gala, which began with a pre-concert cocktail party in the stunning Prudential Lobby of NJPAC. After the cocktail reception, guests proceeded to the Chase Room to dine in a beautiful spring setting filled with vibrant floral designs.  After the dinner, guests and concertgoers enjoyed the performance by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the entertaining Jason Alexander, who gave a hilarious re-telling of his career to and on the Broadway Stage.

The NJSO would like to thank all of those who attended and supported the Gala. Their contributions have been vital to the success of this fine performing organization and our community and education programs throughout New Jersey.

Board of Trustees
Linda M. Bowden and David R. Huber, Co-Chairs of the Board

President & CEO
Gabriel van Aalst

Gala Co-Chairs
James J. Galeota
John F. Hoffman

Gala Committee
Audrey Bartner
Linda M. Bowden
David R. Huber
Alan & Hope Danzis
Ruth Lipper
Elin Mueller
Joseph & Sheila Nadler
Susan Shiff
Norm Slonaker
Cecilia Sweeney

Thank you to the following donors, whose very generous support has made the Spring into Music Gala possible.

Honoree Sponsor


Dinner Sponsor


Diamond Sponsor

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
A. Michael & Ruth C. Lipper
Dr. & Mrs. Roy Vagelos

Platinum Sponsor

The MCJ Amelior Foundation
Johnson & Johnson
PNC Wealth Management

Gold Sponsor

Hackensack Meridian Health
PKF O’Connor
Norm Slonaker
TD Bank

Event Supporters

Al & Carole Angel
Audrey Bartner
Deborah Ann Bello
Ann & Stan Borowiec
James W. Borzi
Linda M. Bowden
Michael Brand
Kenneth C. & Andrea Frazier
CCS Fundraising
Jennifer Chalsty
Ray & Patti Chambers
Mindy Cohen & David Bershad
Barbara Cohn – in honor of Amy Liss
Alan & Hope Danzis
Delta Dental of New Jersey
Anna Drago
Robert & Laura Garrett
G&W Laboratories
Jay & Kimberly Galeota
Dr. Peter Geidel & Mrs. Francesca P. Kubian-Geidel
Christine & Michael Gilfillian
Michael & Jane Griffinger
John & Karen Hoffman
David & Ellen Huber
Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
Gregory & Jacqueline Khost
Scott & Susan Kobler
Teri Lawver
Judith Lieberman
Bill & Paula Marino
McCarter & English, LLP
Martin P. Melilli
Elin Mueller
Joseph & Sheila Nadler
Dr. Philip & Ellen Neches
NJM Insurance Group
Christopher & Theresa Petermann
RBC Wealth Management
RWJBarnabas Health
Joseph & Margaret Santamaria
Susan & Laurence Shiff
Mary Jo & Stephen Sichak Jr.
Craig Silliman & Kate Ransom-Silliman
Eve E. Slater, MD
Donald E. Strangfeld
John & Mary Kay Strangfeld
Cecilia Sweeney
U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
E. Jean Ward
Dr. & Mrs. Richard Watson
Josh & Judy Weston
Dennis & Dona Wilson
Barbara & Edward Zinbarg


Commitments as of April 14, 2018