The Pride Center of NJ hosts Gala 25th Anniversary

Radha performs on NBC’S
Radha performs on NBC’S "The Voice"(photo credit: NBC)

NJ LGBTQ community will gather to celebrate PCNJ at Gala at Hyatt Regency 

The Pride Center of New Jersey in Highland Park celebrates its 25th Anniversary of service to New Jersey’s LGBTQ community on Saturday, September 21, 2019. The evening will be their first annual gala, An Evening Out. The Gala committee invites community leaders from across the state for a special evening to benefit PCNJ.

Pride Center of NJ banner ad“The event is planned to be a wide-reaching reunion to recognize and celebrate the advancements in the health and wellbeing of the LGBTQ+ community thanks to the collective efforts of its members,” said Gala Chair Jeffrey Kagan. He emphasized that PCNJ has many friends, allies, and supporters throughout New Jersey.

For 25 years, the Center has been a welcoming, non-judgmental space for the state’s LGBTQ community. PCNJ groups offer support, friendship, and resources. And the Center has evolved from a secret support group for just gay men into a full-fledged community center. Today the PCNJ has programs for everyone in the LGBTQ community.

The Pride Center has been a lifeline for so many in the LGBTQ+ community,” said PCNJ President, Vic Schimmenti. “Whether it’s for our Youth Drop-In program, or other support or health education programming, free HIV testing or for social engagement, the Center continues to serve as a vital hub for New Jersey’s LGBTQ+ community.”

Entertainer, singer-songwriter and powerful vocalist Radha, who was featured on NBC’s The Voice will perform. Radha said, “It was natural for me to partner with The Pride Center since I believe in equal rights for people.

Love shouldn’t have limits. Let’s celebrate change.” – RADHA

Governor Murphy and First Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy will offer their regards to gala-goers via a video message. Murphy has championed LGBTQ rights as the governor. He has  recognized community advancements with The Pride Center in the past, including at the Governor’s Pride Reception.

NJ Governor Phil Murphy (center) at the 2019 Governor’s Pride Reception
NJ Governor Phil Murphy (center) at the 2019 Governor’s Pride Reception with PCNJ’s Jay Capunitan, Vic Schimmenti, Emma Sherbine, and Mark McSpirit.

“It is of the greatest importance that everyone feels accepted in New Jersey, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation,” said Governor Phil Murphy.

The event is sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, online financial marketplace LendEDU, healthcare provider WellCare, and KP Edgestone Realty, among others.

About the Pride Center of New Jersey, Inc.

PCNJ is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization operating on memberships and donations. All funds received go directly to benefit our LGBTQ+ youth and other programs. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.