FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood resident Anna Marie Gewirtz was honored by the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) with The Robert J. Smythe Award for Outstanding Professional Fundraiser at the organization's Excellence in Philanthropy Awards on May 4.

“It’s an honor to receive this award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals,” said Anna Marie Gewirtz, State Theatre New Jersey’s Chief of External Affairs. “I’ve had a lifelong passion for the performing arts and to be recognized by my peers, joining past recipients who I have long admired and respected means so much to me and my family.” 

Since 1981, AFP NJ’s Excellence in Philanthropy Awards have recognized the achievements of some of the most notable citizens and organizations in our state who have dedicated their efforts toward making New Jersey a better place to live.

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“We are so proud that Anna Marie Gewirtz was selected as this year’s recipient for The Robert J. Smythe Award for Outstanding Professional Fundraiser,” said Tom Carto, State Theatre New Jersey President & CEO. “Anna Marie is a dedicated member of our executive team and her commitment to the State Theatre is extraordinary. This award is well-deserved, and Anna Marie certainly exemplifies the attributes that this award recognizes in the field of fundraising.”

Anna Marie Gewirtz has been with the State Theatre since 2013. Prior to the State Theatre, she served as Director of Individual Giving at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ. She has worked in non-profits for 19 years, has over 13 years of experience in fundraising and was awarded with a CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) credential. Prior to Liberty Science Center, she served as an Associate Director at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and was responsible for leading a team that raised over $3 million per year. She also served as a project lead for international tours of Alvin Ailey, including the Citigroup-sponsored tour of Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, and Bloomberg’s sponsorship of a two-week tour in London. 

Previously, she served as Director of Marketing and Development at Caucus Educational Corporation, managing the fundraising for a $2.1 million annual budget. Prior to that, she worked at the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, launching a new program to introduce young professionals to the symphony, and at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) on the Planet Hip Hop / Alternate Routes program. 

She has served as a trustee of the Rutgers Business School Alumni Association since 2006, and is a former trustee of Discovery Charter School in Newark, NJ. She is a 2012 graduate of Leadership New Jersey and a 2008 graduate of Leadership Newark. She received an MBA from Rutgers Business School in marketing and nonprofit arts administration, a Bachelors in music and political science from Rutgers College, and graduated from Juilliard Pre-College.

State Theatre New Jersey exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through education.