John Schreiber, president and CEO of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, has announced that the center will be rolling out an ongoing relief effort for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, including designating 2,000 tickets for upcoming performances as relief fund tickets, where 100 percent of the ticket price will be donated to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. All relief fund tickets will be $25 and will be in locations throughout Prudential Hall and the Victoria Theater. NJPAC will also become a drop-off site for the ongoing collection of goods that will be donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.
NJPAC is located at 1 Center St. in Newark.
“NJPAC shares its heartfelt empathy for all of the families impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. This great tragedy has put into perspective for all of us what is truly important in life -- family, health, home and safety. As fellow New Jerseyans, Sandy affected all of us personally,” said Schreiber. “We want to join the massive efforts to help New Jersey recover and rebuild, and as the state’s needs continue to evolve, the Arts Center will do all it can to be useful to our statewide community.”
Relief Fund Tickets
As of Nov. 6, for each of 18 upcoming Prudential Hall and two Victoria Theater performances, NJPAC has set aside one hundred $25 tickets throughout the house for which 100 percent of the ticket price will be donated to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. Relief fund tickets are available now, for Classic Albums Live: Beatles Festival (Nov. 11), Jamaica at 50 (Nov. 30), Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette (Dec. 1), Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra (Dec. 2), New York Philharmonic (Dec. 7), George Clinton with Parliament Funkadelic and special guest Morris Day and The Time (Dec. 8). Natalie Merchant and orchestra (Dec. 10), Ronald K. Brown/Evidence (Dec. 15), Fred Hammond (Dec. 21), Darlene Love & Friends (Dec. 22) NJPAC’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration with Marvin Sapp and Kim Burrell (Jan. 18), Budapest Festival Orchestra (Jan. 19), Paco Pena Flamenco Ensemble (Jan. 27), State Ballet Theatre of Russia’s Cinderella (Feb. 1), Sing-A-Long “Sound of Music” (Feb. 16), Bowfire (Feb. 22), Hilary Hahn (Feb. 24), Sweet Honey in the Rock (Mar. 2), and Whoopi Goldberg (Mar. 8).
Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 1. Relief Fund tickets are available by calling 888-GO-NJPAC. Patrons should specifically request Relief Fund tickets. For best available Relief Fund tickets, it is advised that patrons call as early as possible. For information about any of these performances, please visit NJPAC at atwww.njpac.org/Relief.
NJPAC is also encouraging all visitors to bring canned goods and infant items to the center, either before a performance or during normal business hours. All goods will be donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, which is distributing 100,000 pounds of food daily to those in need in New Jersey. Of particular need are: meals in a can, canned tuna, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, canned soup, shelf-stable milk, cereal, baby food (no glass jars), and diapers. For a complete list of needed goods as well as other ways to help, please visit http://cfbnj.org./blog/news/5367/hurricane-sandy-relief.
Donations may be brought by ticket buyers to all performances and may also be dropped off by everyone interested in helping anytime during the day in the Arts Center's main entrance rotunda.
As the center keeps abreast of current needs and opportunities to help New Jersey recover, relief efforts will be adjusted accordingly. For the most up-to-date information, please visit www.njpac.org/Relief, like NJPAC on Facebook (www.facebook.com/NJPAC), or follow the Arts Center on twitter (www.twitter.com/NJPAC).
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