Booked for the Evening 2017 Gala

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Annual Benefit 2017 Gala


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We are pleased to welcome you to the Newark Public Library’s Booked for the Evening 2017 Gala.

The annual gala serves as the Library’s primary fundraising event and helps to raise much-needed funds that support the community programs and services that the Library is able to offer throughout the year. It is through the support and contributions of steadfast partners (or friends) like you, that the Library maintains its status as the cornerstone of civic life in Newark.


Thursday, November 30, 2017

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Nanina’s in the Park

 540 Mill Street, Belleville, NJ 07109

Naninas in the park

 Cocktail Reception starts at 6:00 pm.

Dinner and Awards Presentation starts at 7:15 pm.

Silent Auction bidding will close at 8:00 pm.

Check out for winners begins at 8:30 pm. in the lobby.

After-Party Event will be from 9:00 pm. to 11:00 pm. – Co-hosted with The Newark Times





Michael X. McBride, Esq.

Michael Bright

Andaiye Taylor

Connell Foley LLP
President and Chief Executive Officer
YMCA of Newark and Vicinity
Founder and Editor
BrickCity Live


Friends of the

Newark Public Library

Friends of Hispanic

Research and Information Center

Friends of James Brown

African American Room



Gala Committee



Gala Chair  – Stephen B. Ravin, Esq., Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Philip Alagia, Chief of Staff, Essex County
Keith Balla, Esq.,  Partner, PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP
Marc Berson, Chairman,  Fidelco Group
Dennis Bone, Director, Feliciano Center, Montclair State University
Sybil Bost, Newark Community Liaison, Whole Foods Market 
Christopher Cooney, Investment Advisor, Invest Financial Corporation
Daniel Czerniawski, COO, Atlantic Federal Credit Union
Magdalena Czerniawski, CPA, Non-Profit Senior Tax Manager, CohnReznick  LLP
Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin, Business Mgr.,  IUOE Local 68
Tehsuan Glover, Publisher, The Newark Times
Andrea Grover, MA,  Adjunct Associate Professor, New York University

Warren Grover, Author, Co-Founder, Newark History Society
Barbara Kauffman, Executive Vice President, COO,  Newark Regional Business Partnership
Celia King, MPS, Chief Executive Officer, Leadership Newark
Suzanne Klar, Esq., Associate General Litigation Counsel,  PSEG
Spiro Leunes, CPA, MS, Partner, Withum Simth + Brown PC
Victor Nichols, Publisher and CEO, D.M.C. Publishing LLC
Michael Petrucci, Vice President, Area Manager, The Provident Bank
Robert Steinbaum, JD, Adjunct, Economics for Public Administration, Rutgers School of Law
Harvey Topitz, Founder President,  RI Risk Management Services
Amanda Zega, RPA, Property Manager, Mack-Cali Realty Corporation

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