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Westfield Symphony Orchestra’s Crystal and Pearl Gala Celebrates 30-Year Journey

Maestro David Wroe, Barbara Weber, Ray Catena Sales and Leasing Agent John Weber and Ray Catena Controller Sue Hengstler. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Friends of the WSO Co-Presidents Veena Sharma and Lee Corcoran. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Westfield Town Councilman and mayoral candidate Dave Haas and his wife, Dana Stevens. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Shuang Guo-Wroe, Maestro David Wroe, David Badertscher of the WSO's board of directors and Fontaine Gatti. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
New Jersey State Council on the Arts 1st Vice Chair Germaine Trabert, President of Opera at Florham Joan Del Giudice and Director of Marekting for the WSO Elizabeth Ryan. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Vice President of the WSO Board of Trustees Barry Zucker and President Norman Luka. “This was the audacious dream of a few women in Westfield,” said Luka of the WSO in his speech that night. “They just had a belief that they could do this, and they did it.” Credits: Jackie Lieberman
WSO Executive Director Linda Doyle, Director of Marketing Elizabeth Ryan and Operations Manager Barbara Timko. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Sue Lewis and Walter Fogelsanger Credits: Jackie Lieberman

Edison, NJ – A “Crystal and Pearl” gala celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Westfield Symphony Orchestra and the 15th anniversary of Music Director Maestro David Wroe was held April 20 at Plainfield Country Club in Edison. The event was organized by the board of the WSO and The Friends of the WSO.

“What a night and what a journey the symphony has been on and is going on,” said WSO Music Director and Conductor David Wroe. “Tonight is a party for the people who make this extraordinary organization tick.”

“It’s a wonderful journey. We are blessed with great support,” said Norman Luka, president of the WSO board of trustees. Luka called himself “privileged” to work with Wroe and the WSO’s outstanding musicians.

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In a speech that evening, Luka thanked Gala Sponsor Mercedes Benz dealer Ray Catena of Union, as well as corporate sponsors PNC Wealth Management and Fragomen, Del Rey, Bersen & Loewy, LLP and all of the WSO’s supporters, the gala committee and the staff of the WSO.

“This is the second year that we’ve partnered with Ray Catena,” WSO Director of Marketing Elizabeth Ryan told TAP. “It’s been wonderful.”

The evening included live and silent auctions, a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner and dancing to a 10-piece band.

The silent auction consisted of items donated by over 70 local retailers, restaurants and businesses. There was also a 50/50 cash raffle.

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick served as auctioneer for the live auction, which included vacation packages to exotic locations, a day cruise aboard a private yacht, premium ticket packages for Giants football and Rangers hockey games and eclectic New York dining.

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