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Newark Public Library to Honor 60-Year Employee, Community and Corporate Leaders at Gala Fundraiser
October 1, 2007
Media only, please contact:
Heidi Cramer at (973) 733-7837

The Newark Public Library will pay tribute to two longtime community activists, a 60-year employee, a local developer, and a dedicated Board of Trustees member during its Booked for the Evening 2007 dinner, Thursday, November 8, 2007.

The honorees include Newark residents Dr. Robert and Patricia Curvin; William J. Dane, the Library’s Keeper of Prints and Works of Art on Paper; Arthur Stern, CEO of Cogswell Realty Group; and Joseph Yeadon, a longtime member of the Library’s Board of Trustees.

Dr. Curvin, a visiting scholar at Rutgers University in Newark, where he teaches a course in economic development, retired as president of the Greentree Foundation, a New York organization that works to improve international relations. Mrs. Curvin retired as the chairwoman of the humanities department at the Arts High School in Newark. She is currently a training and sales consultant for Prentice Hall, the educational publisher.

Mr. Dane is celebrating his 60th anniversary as an employee of The Newark Public Library, and is responsible for many of the institution’s fine prints, posters, illustrations, and ephemera collected over the last 50 years.

Through his firm, Cogswell Realty, Arthur Stern has been a major force over the last decade in the development of downtown Newark, transforming 744 Broad Street back into its original grandeur as the most beautiful office building in downtown Newark, and converting 1180 Raymond Boulevard into one of the hottest luxury apartment buildings in northern New Jersey.

A respected entrepreneur, Mr. Yeadon has owned an accounting business in the greater Newark area for many years. He has served as treasurer of The Newark Public Library’s Board of Trustees for a number of years, recently retiring from that post.

The gala fundraising event, Booked for the Evening, will be held at Nanina’s In The Park, 540 Mill Street, Belleville. It will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner and the awards program from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Dinner co-chairs are Jeffrey Vanderbeek, chairman and managing partner, and Michael Gilfillan, vice chairman and partner, New Jersey Devils. Marion C. O’Neill of PSE&G and Dr. Steven Adubato, Jr., WNET commentator and Star-Ledger columnist, are event committee co-chairs.

Tickets range from $250 for individual guests to $20,000 for a gold table sponsor. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Library’s Annual Fund. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call CDK Events Management at 973-921-2880. Click here for the reservation form.

The Newark Public Library is New Jersey’s largest institution of its kind with more than 1.5 million books, audio and visual materials and unique collections of prints, posters, historical documents and artifacts.


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