SUMMIT, NJ - Dueling Pianos, a concept that originated in the fabled bars of New Orleans in the 1930s, will be entertainment focal point of a fundraising evening to benefit the Summit Community Center renovation project November 17 at The Grand Summit Hotel.

The exciting, high-energy, all-request entertainment experience features top piano players offering up a non-stop, rock-and-roll party where the audience picks the playlist -- Billy Joel to Bon Jovi to Britney Spears to Biz Markie, college fight songs to Broadway classics, no tune is off-limits. What results is equal parts concert, comedy and cabaret.

Audience members will pledge to hear their favorite song or better yet, pledge not to hear their neighbor’s favorite.

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This evening of entertainment kicks off the public portion of the Summit Community Center renovation project fundraising campaign, and starts at 7 p.m. with a premium open bar and food.

When the Summit Common Council approved the renovation project's $5.7 million cost, it charged the community to raise $1.2 million dollars of the overall total and, to date, more than $800,000 in has been raised in pledges, led by Investors Bank's commitment of $250,000 that begun the effort.  At completion, improvements to the Community Center will include an 11,600 square-foot addition to the existing 8,000 square-foot facility, featuring a new, full-sized gym, a seniors lounge, additional restrooms, enhanced meeting spaces, a teens area, kitchen space, improved parking, and accessibility improvements.

For tickets, priced at $75 each, visit or call the Department of Community Programs at 908-277-2932. Tables of 10 or 12 persons are also available. All attendees must be age 21 or older.

The Grand Summit Hotel is located at 570 Springfield Avenue.