Saturday, November 6 at 6PM

Buy In-Person Tickets: $300 Buy Virtual Tickets: $100+

The annual SOPAC Gala brings together patrons, community leaders and artists to celebrate SOPAC’s achievements and pay tribute to our supporters. As SOPAC’s largest fundraising event of the year, participation in our Gala raises critical funds for both arts education programs and operating support.


Due to damage to SOPAC’s lobby and mainstage, the Gala will be held at:

Drew University
36 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940


  • 6PM @ Mead Hall: Cocktails and strolling dinner or pick-up a catered takeout meal from Bistro d’Azur in South Orange.
  • 8PM @ the Concert Hall, located within the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts: award presentation and performance by Michael Feinstein.


Diana Hart, former SOPAC Board member and owner of Diana Hart Fine Catering

Lifetime Achievement Award

John Lee, Grammy Award-Winning Producer & Jazz All-Star


Michael Feinstein has built a dazzling career over the last three decades bringing the music of the Great American Songbook to the world. From recordings that have earned him five Grammy Award nominations to his Emmy-nominated PBS-TV specials, his acclaimed NPR series and concerts spanning the globe – in addition to his appearances at iconic venues such as The White House, Buckingham Palace, Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House – his work as an educator and archivist, define Feinstein as one of the most important musical forces of our time.


Buy In-Person Tickets: $300 Buy Virtual Tickets: $100+

Both in-person tickets and virtual livestream tickets are available for this event.

In-Person Tickets, $300 per person:

  • Option 1, in-person cocktails, strolling dinner, honoree tribute & entertainment at Drew University
  • Option 2, catered takeout meal from Bistro d’Azur, in-person honoree tribute & entertainment at Drew University

Virtual Tickets, $100-$300 per person:

  • Option 1, $300, catered takeout meal from Bistro d’Azur, virtual livestream of honoree tribute & entertainment
  • Option 2, $100, virtual livestream of honoree tribute & entertainment

COVID-19 Policy: In-person attendees must be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine, and must show proof of vaccination along with a government ID to check in.

If an attendee is not vaccinated, they must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time.

All attendees are required to wear masks at all times while inside, except when actively eating or drinking.

Silent Auction

Whether attending the Gala in person or not, you can participate in the Silent Auction! Help us reach our fundraising goals and win some great prizes and unique experiences. Place your starting bids, set maximum bid amounts for the items you’re interested in and let our online auction platform, GiveSmart, do the bidding for you!

Visit to view the available items or text SOPACGALA2021 to 76278 to register on your smart phone. The Silent Auction will open during the week of November 1 and will close on November 6 at 8PM.

2021 SOPAC Gala

If you would like more information on sponsorship, journal ads and auction donations, or if you would like to be included on the invitation list, please contact us.


Star Sponsor

Andrew Hart


Director Sponsors

Signature Sponsors

DePaolis Designs
Dean & Emily Kameros
First Baptist Church of South Orange
The Mark Slade Homes Team
Sara & Walter Clarke
Anonymous Friends of SOPAC

Host Committee Sponsors

Arden and Alan Epstein
Allison Ziefert Real Estate Group
Carol & Larry Brodey
Carole Anzalone-Newman & Douglas Newman
The Chalom Family
Elizabeth & Jeremy Dobrish
Frederick & Maureen Gammon
Harold & Nomi Colton-Max
Howard & Margaret Jacobs
Investors Bank
Jerry & Hanie Warshaw
Joseph & Aleza Rosenberg
Keesha Chavis
Leo & Barbara Sender
Matt & Bari Epstein
Michael Och
Nancy Erika Smith & Neil Mullen
Nancy & David Stone
Noel S. Siegel
Paul & Catherine Desjardins
Provident Bank
Randall Haase & Judy Rosenberg
Robert & Mattye Gandel
Samuel M. Convissor
Seymour Beneroff
Stephen & Lisa Plavin
Steven & Milvia Burns
Steven Friedlander & Sandra Kaplan

Gala Committee

Matt Epstein, Chairperson
Claudine Baptiste
Marc Chalom