BERKELEY HEIGHTS—The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts announced today that sponsorships are available for the 19th Annual Mother’s Day 5K on Sunday, May 10, 2020 at Berkeley Heights Memorial Field. The USATF-sanctioned Grand Prix event (500 points) attracts over a thousand participants and features a free tot trot, prizes for top finishers, and musical performances throughout. Sponsorship levels start at $500 and include a variety of benefits from branding on event signage and T-shirts to prominent sponsorship table placement at the race. Last year’s race raised $23,000 to support music education at the New Jersey Youth Symphony, Paterson Music Project, and Performing Arts School. To become a Mother’s Day 5K race sponsor, contact Director of Development Elizabeth Piercey at or 908-790-0700 or visit Register for the 5K online.  

The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts’ mission is to provide the highest quality performing arts education to a wide range of students in a supportive and inclusive environment, where striving for personal excellence inspires and connects those we teach to the communities we serve.

Wharton is New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts education center serving over 1,500 students through a range of classes and ensembles including the 15 ensembles of the New Jersey Youth Symphony, which serve 500 students in grades 3 – 12 by audition. Beginning with Out of the Box Music and Pathways classes for young children, Wharton offers private lessons, group classes, and ensembles for all ages and all abilities at the Performing Arts School. With the belief in the positive and unifying influence of music and the performing arts and that arts education should be accessible to all people regardless of their ability to pay, Wharton teaches all instruments and voice and has a robust musical theater program. Based in Paterson, New Jersey, the Paterson Music Project is an El Sistema-inspired program of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts that uses music as a vehicle for social change by empowering and inspiring children through the community experience of ensemble learning and playing.

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts is located in Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Paterson, NJ and reaches students from 10 counties. All of Wharton’s extraordinary faculty members and conductors hold degrees in their teaching specialty and have been vetted and trained to enable our students to achieve their personal best.