New Jersey NWHM Regional Council Gala

As a grand finale event for Women’s History Month, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) hosted a spectacular gala event at the Hyatt Hotel in New Brunswick on Thursday, March 31. The gala, organized by the New Jersey Regional Council of NWHM, recognized the importance of the work and mission of the Museum.

The Gala raised over $23,000 to support the programs and initiatives of the National Women’s History Museum.

NWHM President Joan B. Wages (L), Tanya Young Williams (middle), Janice Kovach (R)

The Museum is embarking on a campaign to build a world-class Museum near the National Mall in Washington, DC. Legislation is pending in Congress that will allow the Museum to purchase a site at 12th and Independence Ave, SW. The Museum is funding the purchase of the land, and the building and operation of the Museum completely through private contributions from donors and supporters. NWHM will receive no money from the federal government.

“New Jersey has been home to trail blazers, from suffragist Alice Paul to Red Cross founder Clara Barton and Academy Award winning actress and NWHM spokesperson, Meryl Streep,” said Museum President Joan Wages in her remarks. “The women of New Jersey have a strength and resilience that defines this great country.”

The New Jersey Regional Council is comprised of people of great accomplishment from throughout the state. Additionally, Governor Chris Christie and Mrs. Mary Pat Christie, Governor Brendan Byrne and Mrs. Ruthi Byrne, Governor Thomas Kean and Mrs. Deborah Kean, Governor Christie Todd Whitman and Mr. John Whitman, Governor Donald DiFrancesco and Mrs. Diane DiFrancesco, Governor James E. McGreevey and Mr. Mark O’Donnell, Governor Richard Codey and Mrs. Mary Jo Codey, Governor Jon Corzine and Mrs. Sharon Levine Corzine, and members of the state legislature joined the efforts to raise awareness of the importance of the Museum.

Senate Majority Leader and New Jersey Regional Council Member Senator Barbara Buono said, “While our politics in Trenton and Washington, D.C. are fractious at the moment, it is a testament to our shared belief in the educational goals of the museum that my colleagues and I have come together to support this wonderful effort.”

The Museum would like to thank the New Jersey Regional Council Members: Senator Barbara Buono, Councilwoman Mildred Crump, Karen Kominsky, Jeannine LaRue, and Jason Casesse. A special thanks to our NJ Co-Chair, Joan Verplank, and Chairwoman, Janice Kovach for their commitment to the Museum and the many hours of hard work that went into making the gala a smashing success.

If you are interested in joining the Museum, joining a Regional Council in your area, or forming a Regional Council, please contact Sally Anderson at, or 703-461-1920.

Photos credited to Hal Brown Photography

One Response to “New Jersey NWHM Regional Council Gala”

  1. kug says:

    That’s good news.

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