EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Next month, East Brunswick will commemorate the 50th anniversary of what most people consider its official "Town Center": the East Brunswick Public Library.

On Wednesday, Oct. 25, the East Brunswick Public Library Foundation will hold a gala at the Park Chateau Estate at 678 Cranbury Road to celebrate the library's past 50 years and raise funds for its future. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour and move to the ballroom for the main course. During dinner, the foundation will present three awards:

The Community Impact Award - The Friends of The East Brunswick Library
Ellen Cramer accepting

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The Legacy Award - Former East Brunswick Mayor Aleck Borman (in memoriam)
Judy Borman (his daughter) accepting

The Corporate Partner Award - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Camilla Comer-Carruthers and Mariam Merced accepting

“We are pleased and excited to honor and recognize these exceptional groups and individuals for the important contributions they have made to our library and our community as a whole,” said Tracy Fink, president of the East Brunswick Library Foundation.

East Brunswick Mayor Brad Cohen and his wife Dr. Penelope Cohen are the honorary co-chairs for this special event.  Proceeds benefit the East Brunswick Public Library Foundation. Established in 2009, the Foundation mobilizes private support to enhance innovative programs and services, while helping the library remain vibrant and responsive in an ever-changing world.

“The library has come a long way since its humble beginnings in the basement of the municipal building,” Fink added. “Now after fifty years of continual service to the community, our library is in need of updating and the Foundation is helping with that effort.”

The library recently completed a renovation which included the creation of a makerspace programming room with an audio recording studio and the installation of new circulation and information desks, flooring, and furniture.

“Our library is the information center of East Brunswick, and through the support of our community, improvements like these allow our customers to have a better experience at the library,” said Library Director Jennifer Podolsky.  

Tickets are $125 per person, and can be purchased at the East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) or online at www.ebplfoundation.org. The Foundation’s website features additional information about the event.

The event is being sponsored in part by Dr. Howard and Bobbi Sorkin, U.S. Trust, ConnectOne Bank, PNC Bank, University Radiology, and WithumSmith+Brown.


Companies or individuals who are interested in sponsoring the event or placing an ad in the gala ad journal, are asked to call 732-390-6781 or e-mail foundation@ebpl.org.