Passage’s 2019 Benefit


Every year, Passage throws a party, and some of the nicest people we know have a great time!  We also make some money.

Our 2019 benefit will be held at the New Jersey State Museum on Friday, March 15 at 6:30 PM. At the event, we’ll honor Yusef Komunyakaa and Mathematica Policy Research for their dedication to creating and supporting arts in Trenton.

Yusef Komunyakaa

Yusef Komunyakaa‘s poetry has won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. His work weaves together personal narrative, jazz rhythms, and vernacular language to create complex images of life in peace and in war. He currently serves as the Distinguished Senior Poet in NYU’s graduate creative writing department.


Mathematica Policy Research illuminates the path to progress for public- and private-sector changemakers. Dedicated to improving public well-being and reimagining the way the world gathers and uses data, they have been at the forefront of assessing the effectiveness of policies and programs for 50 years.

6:30 PM: Silent Auction, Cocktails, and Hors d’Oeuvres
7:45 PM: Entertainment and Acknowledgement of Honorees
9:00 PM: Entertainment Concludes/Tea, Coffee and Desserts

Mayor W. Reed Gusciora
Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson

Caroline Wylie (Benefit Chair), Ryanne Domingues, Jim Gordon, John Hatch, Larry Hilton, Stelline Howard, Toni Isreal, Anne LaBate, Percy Mason, Damion Parran, Patricia Rodeawald, Danny Viola, Judith Wooldridge, Elizabeth Zuckerman

Thanks to our benefit sponsors:

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Thanks to our benefit advertisers:

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Interested in sponsoring our benefit and supporting some of New Jersey’s finest artists? View our sponsorship and ad packet here:
2019 Sponsorship and Ad Packet

Passage Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3). Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. For further information, please contact Damion Parran at (609) 392-0766, or via