MORRISTOWN, NJ  - Nearly three hundred guests attended the Mayo Performing Arts Center's (MPAC) 16th annual Starlight Ball, which celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Theatre, and raised funds to support MPAC's education programming and outreach initiatives that enrich the lives of more than 40,000 children throughout the region annually. ​

Starlight Award Honorees John and Margaret Post, formerly of Sussex County and current residents of Mount Bethel, Pa., were recognized for their longstanding commitment and dedicated support of the Mayo Performing Arts Center.

The Posts’ extraordinary support of three capital campaigns has helped transform MPAC into one of the most beautiful state-of-the-art venues in the region. They established the John A. and Margaret Post Foundation in 1995 and championed numerous causes, including local hospitals, schools, the Red Cross, the United Way, and many agencies for disadvantaged individuals and families. Their generosity has changed countless lives in Morristown and throughout Northwest New Jersey and the Slate Belt region of Pennsylvania.

Drinker Biddle received the John T. Cunningham Award in appreciation of its outstanding support of the theater. Drinker Biddle's pro bono work representing MPAC through labor negotiations helped MPAC to create its first ever collective bargaining agreement with the stagehands union.

Starlight Ball guests enjoyed dinner, dancing, and performances by Broadway star Tom Wopat, as well as MPAC’s Performing Arts Company, comprised of two dozen talented aspiring artists between the ages of 12-18.

Mayo Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich, and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey. The 2014-2015 season is made possible, in part, by a grant the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as support received from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation and numerous corporations, foundations and individuals. The Mayo Performing Arts Center has been designated a Major Presenting Organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.