NJTV’S SECOND MAJOR BENEFIT RAISES CRITICAL FUNDS AND HONORS BROADCAST VETERANS OF NEW JERSEY PUBLIC TELEVISION

New Jersey’s public television network raised $360,000 in an evening devoted to recognizing those who have contributed to the longstanding tradition of New Jersey public television

April 22, 2015–NEWARK, NJ –NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, raised $360,000 at its second annual benefit, which took place on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC).   The benefit, co-chaired by Bernie Flynn (Chairman and CEO, New Jersey Manufacturers) and Robert A. Marino (President and CEO, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield), was attended by 200 corporate and philanthropic leaders from across all sectors of Garden State.

NJTV Benefit honorees Michael Aron and Kent Manahan

NJTV Benefit honorees Michael Aron and Kent Manahan

Two veterans of New Jersey public broadcasting were honored during the ceremony as Michael Aron (NJTV Chief Political Correspondent and host of On the Record, Reporters Roundtable) and Kent Manahan (former NJN News anchor; host of Governors’ Perspectives) received awards in recognition for their contributions to public television.

NJTV Gala 2015

John Pizzarelli and Joe Piscopo perform Sinatra’s “Fly Me To The Moon” at the NJTV Benefit in Newark on April 15, 2015

NJTV’s Benefit featured the talents of two Jersey natives, entertainer Joe Piscopo, who served as the evening’s Master of Ceremony, and world-renowned jazz vocalist John Pizzarelli, who provided the evening’s musical entertainment.

“The funds raised at this year’s Benefit are critical in helping us serve New Jersey with unique, Jersey-centric programming and news across the state,” said Neal Shapiro, president and CEO of WNET, operator of NJTV. “As an independently–operated television network, NJTV is absolutely reliant on support from corporations, foundations and individuals and we’re grateful for such a wonderful turn-out tonight.”

“NJTV has grown substantially since its launch in 2011,” added NJTV General Manager John Servidio. “We now have facilities and partnerships across the state, from media outlets to colleges and universities.  With continued support like we see tonight and collaboration with local community leaders like those attending our Benefit, we’ll be able to do even more to serve the Garden State in the years to come.”

WNET/NJTV President & CEO Neal Shapiro, Gov. Tom Kean, NJTV GM John Servidio and Governor Jim Florio at the NJTV Benefit reception

WNET/NJTV President & CEO Neal Shapiro, Gov. Tom Kean, NJTV GM John Servidio and Governor Jim Florio at the NJTV Benefit reception

Next month, NJTV will move its primary studio space to Newark.  The soon-to-be-christened Agnes Varis NJTV Studio in the 2 Gateway Center will provide not only a new broadcast home for the network’s weeknight newscast, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams, but also house a community room for public screenings, lectures and other gatherings.  The network also has other production hubs, including a Trenton Statehouse studio and content bureaus in colleges and universities across the state.

For those interested in contributing to New Jersey public television, visit NJTV’s website.

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NJTV Gala 2015 New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ April 15, 2015

NJTV Gala 2015 New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ April 15, 2015

NJTV Gala 2015 New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ April 15, 2015