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Hasbrouck Heights Benefit Raises $400,000 For New Hackensack Arts Center

Members of The Cultural Arts Board with headliner Tony DeSare: Ed Decker; Gregory Liosi, Arts Director; Ruth Bauer; Tony DeSare; Rose Frontignano; Ryan Huban; Councilwoman Deborah Keeling-Geddis. (Photo Eugene Parciasepe Jr.)
Members of The Cultural Arts Board with headliner Tony DeSare: Ed Decker; Gregory Liosi, Arts Director; Ruth Bauer; Tony DeSare; Rose Frontignano; Ryan Huban; Councilwoman Deborah Keeling-Geddis. (Photo Eugene Parciasepe Jr.) Photo Credit: Eugene Parciasepe Jr.
Seat Name plate
Seat Name plate Photo Credit: Francis Reiner, DMR Architects
Ed Decker, Vice Chairman, Main Street Business Alliance; Tony DeSare, Headliner. (Photo Eugene Parciasepe Jr.)
Ed Decker, Vice Chairman, Main Street Business Alliance; Tony DeSare, Headliner. (Photo Eugene Parciasepe Jr.) Photo Credit: Eugene Parciasepe Jr.
Theatre seats and interior plans of the Hackensack PAC (Photo Eugene Parciasepe Jr.)
Theatre seats and interior plans of the Hackensack PAC (Photo Eugene Parciasepe Jr.) Photo Credit: Eugene Parciasepe Jr.
Jerome Lombardo, Chairman, Main Street Business Alliance; Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse; Steve Novak, Lakeland Bank; Jeff Buonoforte, Lakeland Bank. (Photo Eugene Parciasepe Jr.)
Jerome Lombardo, Chairman, Main Street Business Alliance; Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse; Steve Novak, Lakeland Bank; Jeff Buonoforte, Lakeland Bank. (Photo Eugene Parciasepe Jr.) Photo Credit: Eugene Parciasepe Jr.
Jerome Lombardo, Chairman, Main Street Business Alliance; Kevin Lynch, President, Oritani Bank; Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse. (Photo Eugene Parciasepe Jr.)
Jerome Lombardo, Chairman, Main Street Business Alliance; Kevin Lynch, President, Oritani Bank; Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse. (Photo Eugene Parciasepe Jr.) Photo Credit: Eugene Parciasepe Jr.
Susan Hekemian; Bryan Hekemian; Roseanne Lombardo; Jerome Lombardo, Chairman, Main Street Business Alliance; Kimberly Capodagli; George Capodagli, Capodagli Property Company/Merida LLC. (Photo Eugene Parciasepe Jr.)
Susan Hekemian; Bryan Hekemian; Roseanne Lombardo; Jerome Lombardo, Chairman, Main Street Business Alliance; Kimberly Capodagli; George Capodagli, Capodagli Property Company/Merida LLC. (Photo Eugene Parciasepe Jr.) Photo Credit: Eugene Parciasepe Jr.
Richard Garcia, North Jersey Federal; Sandra Stroka; Jerome Lombardo, Chairman, Main Street Business Alliance; Roseanne Lombardo; Julia Orlando; Tom Eastwick (Photo Eugene Parciasepe Jr.)
Richard Garcia, North Jersey Federal; Sandra Stroka; Jerome Lombardo, Chairman, Main Street Business Alliance; Roseanne Lombardo; Julia Orlando; Tom Eastwick (Photo Eugene Parciasepe Jr.) Photo Credit: Eugene Parciasepe Jr.
Kurt Vierheilig; Marna Albanese; Francis Reiner; Stephen Moldt; Kyle Stoker. (Photo Eugene Parciasepe Jr.)
Kurt Vierheilig; Marna Albanese; Francis Reiner; Stephen Moldt; Kyle Stoker. (Photo Eugene Parciasepe Jr.) Photo Credit: Eugene Parciasepe Jr.
Tony DeSare. (Photo Eugene Parciasepe Jr.)
Tony DeSare. (Photo Eugene Parciasepe Jr.) Photo Credit: Eugene Parciasepe Jr.
Deborah Labrosse; Mayor John Labrosse; Kevin Lynch, President, Oritani Bank; Julie Lynch; Patrice Foresman; Jerome Lombardo. (Photo Eugene Parciasepe Jr.)
Deborah Labrosse; Mayor John Labrosse; Kevin Lynch, President, Oritani Bank; Julie Lynch; Patrice Foresman; Jerome Lombardo. (Photo Eugene Parciasepe Jr.) Photo Credit: Eugene Parciasepe Jr.
Main Street Business Alliance. (Photo Eugene Parciasepe Jr.)
Main Street Business Alliance. (Photo Eugene Parciasepe Jr.) Photo Credit: Eugene Parciasepe Jr.
Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse; City Manager David Troast; Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino; Chairman MSBA Jerome Lombardo; Executive Director MSBA Patrice Foresman; Director MSBA Albert Dib
Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse; City Manager David Troast; Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino; Chairman MSBA Jerome Lombardo; Executive Director MSBA Patrice Foresman; Director MSBA Albert Dib Photo Credit: Eugene Parciasepe Jr.

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Over $400,000 was raised to help build the new Hackensack Performing Arts Center (PAC) during a benefit at the Hilton in Hasbrouck Heights Friday night.

The largest donations were $100,000 from Hekemian & Co. Inc., and $50,000 from Inserra Supermarkets. Pledges of $25,000 were received from C.J. Lombardo Co.; Capodagli Property Company/Merida LLC; Lakeland Bank; Oritani Bank; NAI James E. Hanson; and Alfred Sanzari Enterprises.

Attendees who pledged $350 received a seat tag with their name on it in the new performing arts center.

"We got a tremendous response from both the business community and private citizens,” said Jerome J. Lombardo, chairman of the Hackensack Main Street Business Alliance, the group in charge of the redevelopment district for the downtown area, and president of C.J. Lombardo, a real-estate management company. “So many people recognize what a difference this will make in the downtown area and, by extension, the difference it will make in the climate for businesses there."

Pianist Tony DeSare provided entertainment for over 100 attendees, including Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse, Jr., Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino, City Manager David Troast, and city council members Deborah Keeling-Geddis, David Sims, and Leonardo Battaglia.

A former Masonic Hall at 102 State Street is currently being renovated to house the new PAC. Once completed, the PAC will include a 224-seat theater and stage with new audio, video, and lighting systems, a gallery space, dressing rooms, marquee, and lobby with a concession stand.

The City of Hackensack has bonded $1.5 million to cover basic construction, but an additional $750,000 must be raised to cover the work that will begin this summer. The Hackensack PAC is scheduled to open in early 2017.

Those who would like to contribute may still do so. For $350, you can get the name of your choice on a theater seat in the new PAC. A donation of $1,000 and up gets your name on the donor wall. Contact Patrice Foresman at 201-498-1690 or info@uppermain.org to make your donation. All donations are tax deductible.

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