McCarter Thanks

On behalf of McCarter Theater Center, I want to thank all who helped to make our annual gala on April 28 such a tremendous success. This year longtime friend of McCarter Audra McDonald performed for a packed theater as the centerpiece of the evening. Our guests were treated to an extraordinary performance of beautiful songs and personal stories and anecdotes by McDonald, the Tony Award-winning Broadway star.

Thank you to our lead sponsor, BNY Mellon Wealth Management; as well as our major sponsors: Bloomberg Philanthropies, CURE Auto Insurance, Drinker Biddle, Maiden Re, Mathematica Policy Research, and Merrill Lynch. We also wish to thank Bryn Mawr Trust; Joshua Zinder Architecture and Design; and longtime supporter Saul Ewing, Arnstein, and Lehr, LLP for their early support that helped us reach our fundraising goal. McCarter is deeply grateful for their support and for that of many other corporate and individual sponsors and advertisers.

We want to extend a special thanks to our gala committee and to gala committee co-chairpersons: Liza and Sky Morehouse, Sonya and Bill Sappington, and Courtney Lederer and Mark Thierfelder, who orchestrated a glittering evening for our guests. Thank you also to Sebastian Clarke of Rago Arts and Auction Center for conducting our live auction and to Starr Catering and Viburnum Designs of Princeton for all their help with the event.

During the course of the evening it was my great pleasure to introduce McCarter’s new managing director, Michael S. Rosenberg. Mike comes to us from the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego and assumed his new role as of April 30. He joins Emily Mann and Bill Lockwood in leading McCarter towards even greater artistic heights.

The proceeds from this special annual event support McCarter’s artistic, education, and engagement programming throughout our region. The gala is the largest fundraiser of the year for McCarter and is critical for the success and breadth of these programs.

My heartfelt thanks to all involved for their support of this great institution. We are so deeply grateful.

Leslie Kuenne

President, Board of Trustees, McCarter Theater Center

After Fairer Comes Stronger

The signing of the mandatory paid sick leave bill by the governor is one more mandate to accommodate the governor’s goal to make our economy “stronger and fairer.”

This legislation is on the “fairer” side, as was pay equity, and as will be a $15 minimum wage. We now need to concentrate on the “stronger” side — a stronger economy.

We need to pump the brakes regarding the legislative mandates on business and focus our attention now on the ‘stronger’ side. We need to grow the economy and jobs, and we now need some significant initiatives to accommodate that.

Tom Bracken

President, NJ Chamber of Commerce

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