Saturday, November 5 at 6PM

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The annual SOPAC Gala brings together patrons, community leaders and artists to raise significant funds to support local arts education, enrich individual lives, and serve those in our community and beyond through arts experiences that inspire and transform.



South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race, a nationally recognized non-profit committed to building and maintaining a thriving, racially integrated, suburban community.





Paul Bartick, longtime Board member, previous Board Chair (2016-2022) and supporter of SOPAC.






West Orange resident Mark Evans is a renowned Broadway and West End actor, singer, dancer and director who rose to fame playing lead roles in Mrs. Doubtfire, WaitressThe Play That Goes WrongThe Book of MormonWicked and many others. Most recently, he performed at SOPAC in the world premiere of the musical comedy The Last Supper.




Two-time winner of Amateur Night at The Apollo, Newark-native Alexis Morrast has performed on the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and abroad throughout Europe and Africa. Currently a student at the Berklee College of Music, Morrast has already worked with Jazz greats including Wynton Marsalis, Greg Phillinganges, Steve Jordan, and many more.




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Tickets on sale now! 

The 2022 SOPAC Gala will be held at Orange Lawn Tennis Club, 305 North Ridgewood Road, South Orange, NJ 07079.

Tickets are $300 per person and include:

  • 6PM – Cocktails, Hors d’Oeuvres, Strolling Dinner, Silent Auction
  • 8PM – Live Auction, SOPAC Inspiration, Honoree Tribute, Entertainment
  • Dessert to follow

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.

To place your starting bids, set maximum bid amounts for the items you’re interested in and let our online auction platform, click here and set up your GiveSmart account, or text SOPACGALA2022 to 76278.

The Silent Auction will be open until November 5, 2022 at 8PM.

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2022 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.


(As of October 26, 2022)

Title Sponsor

Director Sponsors

Anthony & Jennifer Leitner
Peter Shapiro & Bryna Linett

*Denotes In-Kind Donors

Signature Sponsors

Carole Anzalone-Newman & Douglas Newman
Anonymous Friends of SOPAC

Host Committee Sponsors


Carol & Larry Brodey
The Chalom Family
Samuel M. Convissor
Dr. Paul & Catherine Desjardins
Frederick & Maureen Gammon
Robert & Mattye Gandel
Carol & Gerry Gardner
Eli & Risa Goldstein
Randall Haase & Judith Rosenberg
Kelly Quirk in Honor of Board of Trustees of the Community Coalition on Race
Terry & NaDeen Richardson
Ann & Mel Schaffer
Stephen A. Schnall
Leo & Barbara Sender
Katherine & Michael Tooley
Jerry & Hanie Warshaw

Gala Committee

Stephen A. Schnall, Chair
Jeremy Dobrish
Matt Epstein
Katherine Tooley

Covid-19 Precautions & Policies

Please know that SOPAC is dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of our entire community and we thank you in advance for reviewing our Covid-19 Precautions & Policies when planning your visit.

Read our Covid-19 Precautions & Policies

Questions? Contact the Katelyn Fatzler at
(973) 712-4102 or

 For details, visit our Accessibility page.

If you or a member of your party needs assistance, please notify SOPAC at the time your tickets are purchased. Katelyn Fatzler, Development Manager can be reached at (973) 712-4102.