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'Champagne & Song' Gala on Dec. 3 to Benefit SAGE Eldercare Will Feature Concert by Vonda Shepard

November 26, 2013 at 5:27 PM

LIVINGSTON, NJ—The third annual Champagne & Song Gala will be held on Dec. 3, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Crystal Plaza and will benefit SAGE Eldercare of Summit. Hosted by financier and art patron, David Cote along with John Sterling—the voice of the New York Yankees—the gala directly benefits one of the oldest and most respected senior service agencies in the state.

Guest Host Nana Meriwether, former Miss USA, will join guests in an evening of song, dance and bubbly, featuring music by the Manhattan Dolls as well as a private concert by Golden Globe award-winning singer Vonda Shepard, best known for her work on the popular television series, Ally McBeal.

“What gets me excited about this intimate holiday event is that it is a return to the style and sophistication of old New York,” said Cote. “John Sterling and I can’t wait to have our guests enjoy an evening of their favorite holiday songs sung by the Manhattan Dolls and then a private concert by the amazing Vonda Shepard. We are taking a page from the Gatsby era of elegance to provide a magical experience for our guests to raise awareness and funds for a wonderful organization in SAGE Eldercare.”

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The gala will commence with a cocktail hour with premium champagne courtesy of CoolVines served during an open bar, while guests are invited to walk the red carpet for a pictorial to be featured in an upcoming issue of HudsonMOD magazine, the official media partner for the event.

Food and original hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Gardein will be served as guests listen to the sounds of the acclaimed Manhattan Dolls.  Then, Vonda Shepard will play songs from Ally McBeal: A Very Ally Christmas as well as a collection of other hits in the Crystal Plaza ballroom. The concert will be accompanied by desserts and holiday cheer.

Equinox Fitness Club in Summit is a sponsor of the event and those in attendance will also have a chance to take a close-up look at the newest Bentley and Rolls-Royce models from Paul Miller Bentley of Parsippany.

“Equinox is thrilled to be the presenting partner for this year’s Champagne & Song Gala,” said Robert O’Connell, Regional Director of Equinox. “This event offers an exclusive opportunity for our members to enjoy the must-attend gala of the holiday season with a cause near and dear to our hearts: supporting SAGE Eldercare and their work in the New Jersey community to provide invaluable services to seniors and their families.”

With Engie Hassan of EngieStyle as both Producer and Stylist for the event, in addition to timeless jewelry from The Royal Asscher Diamond family, a stylish evening is in store. An extensive silent auction is also planned, including exclusive trips, events and luxury items to bid on throughout the evening.  Prizes will include a VIP Oscar Experience and tickets to the 2014 Met Spring Ball. Additional sponsors and partners already confirmed for this holiday event include Investors Home Mortgage and Sax Macy Fromm & Co PC.

Tickets to the Champagne & Song Gala may be purchased online at and are available for $225/ticket. A limited number of VIP Tickets are also available online for $500/ticket and include premium champagne served during an exclusive meet and greet starting at 6:30 p.m. with John Sterling, Vonda Shepard and the Manhattan Dolls.

Learn more about SAGE Eldercare at


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