In-person and virtual guests raised crucial funds for the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) by participating in the SOPAC Gala on November 6, 2021. SOPAC’s supportive community attended this soiree at Drew University or participated virtually at home.

SOPAC Executive Director Dee Billia and SOPAC Board of Governors Chair Paul Bartick. Credit: Photography By Piernot

Some of the most memorable parts of the evening were paying tribute to honoree, Diana Hart, and presenting the SOPAC Lifetime Achievement Award to Grammy-winning producer and Jazz legend John Lee. Following the awards presentation, Great American Songbook Ambassador Michael Feinstein performed.

The Gala netted about $60,000 for the evening, which will be used towards Hurricane Ida recovery efforts and helping to ensure SOPAC is better prepared to prevent damage like this in the future.

SOPAC Gala 2021 Honoree Diana Hart of Diana Hart Catering and SOPAC Gala 2021 Lifetime Achievement Awardee John Lee, a Grammy-winning producer and Jazz legend. Credit: Photography By Piernot