LIVINGSTON, NJ – A “Celebration of the Arts” fundraising event hosted by the Arts Council of Livingston (ACL) last week at Cedar Hill Country Club honored George and Jan Press of George Press Jewelers and Jan Press Photo Media in Livingston as “talented champions of the arts.”

Highlights of the evening included a cocktail hour and fine arts raffle, live music from the Livingston High School jazz band and lab jazz band, lavish dinner and dessert buffet and more.

Members of the Livingston Township Council presented the brothers with proclamations for what they called a “well-deserved” honor. One proclamation came from Essex County Freeholder At-Large, a Livingston resident, and the second was a joint-legislative resolution from New Jersey Senator Richard Codey, Assemblywoman Mila Jasey and Assemblyman John McKeon.

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“This is one of those bedrock businesses in Livingston,” said Livingston Mayor Shawn Klein. “It’s beautifully run and [George and Jan] are part of the character of Livingston—that’s how big of a contribution the Press brothers make in their stores.”

Since its inception in 1990, the ACL has been working toward becoming a first-class arts organization and has been making “tremendous progress” in gaining recognition as the “voice of the arts in Livingston,” according to co-presidents Vivian Olshen and Barbara Sax. They also said the event was a “culmination of many weeks and months of a labor of love.”

Donations from supporters make it possible for the ACL to continue to mount exhibits, host special events, award grants and scholarships, support member organizations and operate the new ACL Gallery at the Town Center. 

"Celebrating the arts was a very special evening,” said Jan Press. “Being recognized by the arts council of Livingston is quite an honor. Bringing attention the artistic, performance and creative community's need for a permanent home, I feel is the most important takeaway from the gala."