Dorson Community Foundation's 30th Anniversary Annual Gala

June 16, 2022 @ 6:00PM — 10:30PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) Add to Calendar

The Highlawn: 1 Crest Dr West Orange, NJ 07052 Get Directions

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Celebrating 30 Years of Impact in Essex County, NJ!

Held yearly, Dorson Community Foundation's Annual Gala celebrates the dedication and achievements of our Scholars, alumni, partners and organization. After two years apart, we are thrilled to welcome you back in person to celebrate our 30th Anniversary on Thursday, June 16th! Together, we honor Dorson's 30 years of impact and our exciting vision for the future!

6:00 PM | Cocktail Reception

7:00 PM | Gala Dinner & Program

Gala Emcee

Darryl Dwayne of The Newark Museum of Art


Sonia Scott, Founder of Dorson Community Foundation

Lifetime Achievement Award

Tony Allen, Founding Director of Student Diplomacy Corps

Champion of Access and Opportunity Award

A'Dorian Murray-Thomas, Founder and CEO of SHE Wins Inc.

Champion of Access and Opportunity Award

If you are unable to attend in person, we welcome you to make a tax-deductible donation or join us virtually by:

Receiving on demand video and highlights direct to your email after the gala.


Joining us for a virtual wine tasting celebration after the gala on Wednesday, June 22nd at 6PM ET and receive on demand video of gala highlights. Hosted by Treasury Wine Estates, one of the world's leading premium wine companies, you will receive a wine gift box from three of their wineries in California. Wines included in the gift box are:

  • Etude Sparkling Blanc de Noir (learn more about Etude Wines by visiting
  • Stags' Leap Chardonnay (learn more about Stags' Leapby visiting
  • BV Napa Valley Cabernet (learn more about Beaulieu Vineyard by visiting

*Guests attending the in person gala can also purchase tickets to participate in the virtual wine tasting!


Looking to Sponsor our Annual Gala? Please see below for sponsorship opportunities and details:


We recognize the safety and health of all our guests joining us in person on June 16th at The Highlawn. We will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all attendees at the gala.

A big thank you to our sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor
Kurt and Gina Conti Family Foundation
Silver Sponsor
Dorson Home Care, Inc
Bronze Sponsor
Newark Beth Israel Hospital

$78,153 raised by 52 people


Support us with a donation.