Annual Spotlight Gala 2018

Saturday, September 29, 2018

About the Event:

NJPAC Spotlight Gala 2018 kicks off NJPAC’s Season and benefits NJPAC and its Arts Education programs. Our signature event of the year is attended by over 1,000 of the State’s most high profile professionals and philanthropists.

Celebrating the Music of Lena, Billie and Sarah, a one-time-only performance, features special surprise guest Valerie Simpson and music greats Cyrille Aimée, Southside Johnny, Raul Midón, Alice Smith, and Bernie Williams, performing songs made famous by jazz divas Lena Horne, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan. Hosted by six-time GRAMMY ® – winning bassist Christian McBride and his Big Band!

Gala Co-Chairs:

Mindy A. Cohen
Vice President, Women’s Association of NJPAC

Kevin P. Conlin
Chairman, President & CEO, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey 


$1,000/individual ticket; tables of 10 guests each starting at $15,000. To purchase tickets or table sponsorships with a credit card, click the link below!


For more info or to pledge tickets or a sponsorship, please contact Sarah Rosen at (973) 297-5806 or email to:

Lead Sponsor





The MCJ Amelior Foundation


Vice Chairs

Mindy A. Cohen and David Bershad
Toby and Leon G. Cooperman
Arthur F. Ryan
Tanenbaum Keale LLP

Dinner Committee Platinum

Gibbons P.C.
JPMorgan Chase

Dinner Committee Gold

American Express
Bank of America
Boraie Development
Elberon Development Co.
Paula and Bill Marino
Merck & Co., Inc.
Prudential Center and New Jersey Devils
Rutgers University–Newark
Nina Mitchell Wells and Theodore V. Wells, Jr.

The Official Airline of the Spotlight Gala 2018


Founders Award for Commitment to NJPAC, Newark and the Arts

Barry H. Ostrowsky
President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJBarnabas Health

Barry H. Ostrowsky is the President and Chief Executive Officer of RWJBarnabas Health, New Jersey’s largest, most comprehensive integrated health care delivery system with a service area that includes more than five million residents. He is spearheading a system-wide endeavor to promote healthier living for employees and the members of our communities and develop an effective strategy to address the true social needs of our diverse communities.

RWJBarnabas Health includes 11 acute care hospitals (five are teaching hospitals), three children’s hospitals, a pediatric rehabilitation hospital and its multiple outpatient facilities, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, a free-standing behavioral health center, New Jersey’s largest statewide behavioral health network, a satellite emergency department,  trauma centers, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, pharmacy services, multi-site imaging centers, two accountable care organizations, as well as medical groups with primary and specialty care physician practices. The system is comprised of 33,000 employees, (largest private employer in New Jersey); nearly 9,000 physicians (representing more than 40 percent of the state’s actively practicing physicians); and 1,000 residents and interns.

RWJBarnabas Health recently announced a partnership with Rutgers University to create New Jersey’s largest academic health care system.   The collaboration will align RWJBarnabas Health with Rutgers’ education, research and clinical activities, including those at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.

Mr. Ostrowsky joined Saint Barnabas Medical Center in 1991 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel and served in the same role when Barnabas Health was created in 1996. At Barnabas Health, he became President and Chief Operating Officer in 2010 and President and Chief Executive Officer in 2012.  In April 2016, with the merger of Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System, he assumed his present position. Mr. Ostrowsky was previously a Senior Partner at Brach, Eichler.

Among active memberships, Mr. Ostrowsky serves on the Boards of PSEG; the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce; Public Media NJ, Inc., operator of NJTV; and New Jersey Performing Arts Center.  He is a member of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Health Care Systems Governing Council.

Mr. Ostrowsky was named to the 2018 ROI-NJ Influencers Power list and the 2018 NJBIZ Power 100 list.  In 2016, NJBIZ named him the Executive of the Year in Business in New Jersey, and in 2017 he was named once again to the NJBIZ Health Care Power 50 list of the most powerful people in New Jersey health care, and to the Power 100 list, which includes the state’s most influential people in business.  Previously, he had been named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of its “300 Hospital & Health System Leaders to Know”.

Mr. Ostrowsky received a BA from Rutgers University and a JD from the University of Tennessee School of Law.