“Music Ambassadors of Newark enjoy a Gala Celebration”

Six community leaders honored at the Newark Boys Chorus School’s 42nd Annual Rainbow Gala  celebration.

Newark, New Jersey, April 5,  2017.    Last night  the 2017 Newark Boys Chorus School Rainbow Gala Celebration 42nd  Annual Awards were held at the Newark International Marriott Hotel.  Over 250 people helped celebrate the distinguished careers and contributions made by individuals in business, medicine, government affairs, music, jurisprudence and social issues. This signature event benefits the school’s scholarship and general operating funds.  

"These honorees have made significant contributions to the Greater Newark community, the State of New Jersey and beyond.  The Newark Boys Chorus School is honored to celebrate their achievements.  Each one has also had an important impact on our school" stated Martin Borosko, Chair of the Board of Trustees.  Jim Papoulis, world renowned composer and conductor was introduced by Issachar Scroggins (Class of 2014) when he sang, “Can You Hear!” Joining Mr. Papoulis was Richard Thigpen, Vice President for State Governmental Affairs, PSEG Services Corporation;  Robert A. Marino, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; Ryan P. Haygood, President and Chief Executive Officer, NJ Institute for Social Justice, Damien Atkins,  General Counsel, Panasonic Corporation of North America and Robert C. Garrett, Co-CEO Hackensack Meridian Health.   Our internationally renowned Concert Choir under the direction of Donald Morris, Music Director, and the Apprentice Chorus under the direction of Brian Harlow performed for everyone.   The Concert Chorus reprised its Newark 350 Jazz melody featuring songs  by Sarah Vaughan, Frankie Valli and Whitney Houston.  The Chorus performs before over 30,000 people each year.  It has traveled to 17 countries on 5 continents.  The Chorus has just returned from a tour of Southern Florida.

The internationally renowned Newark Boys Chorus School located in the heart of Newark, New Jersey, is celebrating 47 years of excellence in Academics and Music. Educating young men in 4th through 8th grades from the Greater Newark community since 1969, NBCS has graduated nearly 600 students.  Upon graduation from NBCS, many attend prep schools in the tri-state area, often on generous scholarships preparing them for college. Alumni of the school come back to tell of their success in careers as lawyers, corporate vice presidents, school administrators, physicians, teachers and musicians.

The evening raised over $400,000 to support the school.  This year’s highly successful event was co-chaired by Mary Bentley-LaMar and Pamela Pomerantz.

Many thanks to our 2017 Rainbow Leadership Sponsors