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NJTL of Trenton 29th Annual Gala - September 23, 2023

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Our 29th annual Gala held on September 23rd at the Indoor Mercer County Tennis Center was a great success!  The tennis exhibition featuring the Bryan brothers (which included drills with NJTLT students, Gala sponsors, and their guests)  was an unforgettable and entertaining performance, leaving everyone in awe of their energy and skill.  A highlight of the evening was celebrating Joyce and Don Hofmann, who were honored for their dedication in making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate in the Mercer County community. 

      We would like to express our deepest gratitude to our sponsors and participants who wholeheartedly believe in and support our mission.  Without your enthusiasm and generosity, we couldn't accomplish what we do.  Your contributions will directly empower kids through tennis and provide them with the tools and resources they need to succeed.

     

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ABOUT THE GALA

The World Champion Bryan Brothers, the only doubles team to win all four Grand Slams, all nine Masters 1000s, the ATP Finals and the Olympics, returned as special guests, beginning with a special exhibition.  Proceeds from this signature event directly benefited our Trenton-area kids.  With this support, we continue to create opportunities for success through our programming, designed to prepare student-athletes for college admission and career placement.

     Active in local non-profits and on the tennis courts, Nancy Plum and Paul Decker served as Co-Chairs for the Gala.  Long standing supporters Albert Stark and Ginny Mason served as Honorary Co-Chairs.  

Honorees: Joyce & Don Hofmann

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Joyce and Don Hofmann have an unwavering commitment to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate.  For over 40 years they have helped Mercer County non-profit organizations provide service to the community.

      Longtime supporters of NJTL of Trenton, Joyce and Don are avid tennis players.  Joyce has been playing for 50 years and played in college.  She has had much success, and more importantly, built many great friendships, while playing tennis.  She participated in 4 USTA national championships and won numerous tournaments (including the NJTLT Capital Cup).  Her favorite memory is winning the Cryan Tournament with her younger son.

      She owned Princeton Weight Loss Program for over 30 years, and helped thousands of clients lose weight and keep it off.  She continues to help others struggling with weight and other emotional issues and helped raise funds for NJTL of Trenton with Ginny Mason. 

     Don and Joyce helped HomeFront eradicate family homelessness in Mercer County. He served as Chairman of the Board and led two successful capital campaigns; the second campaign funded the creation of a nationally recognized campus that provides shelter, medical care, job training and healing for previously homeless families.  She chaired HomeFront’s annual dinner for 5 years, which raised several hundred thousand dollars in donations.

     Don has a successful 35 year track record in private equity, as Senior Partner of JP Morgan Partners and Managing Partner of Crystal Ridge Partners.  He is Chairman Emeritus of Penn Medicine Princeton Healthcare System, a $600 million affiliate of Penn Medicine.   He served as Chairman when Princeton Healthcare built a $500 million replacement facility and raised $175 million, a record amount for a community hospital in the US.

     Married for 43 years, Joyce and Don are proud parents of two children and have five grandchildren.  Their older son is the CFO of Zillow and is married to the daughter of another long-time supporter of NJTLT, Amy Smith. Their younger son is the head of Global Talent at Via Transportation.  Joyce graduated from Adelphi University and Don graduated from Harvard Business School and Hofstra University.

     The Hofmanns are role models, empowering others and helping people to rise by lifting them up.  NJTL of Trenton is proud to honor Joyce and Don for all they do to help children learn the skills that will help them thrive in their future.

Premier Sponsors

Albert & Ellen Stark

Innovator Sponsors

Ginny Mason
Thomas Majdanski

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Benefactor Sponsors

Clare & Bill Bohnett
Beth & Marty Deitchman
Joyce & Don Hofmann
Amy & Jeff Smith
Liora & Menachem Sternberg
Judy & Ed Stier

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Gold Sponsors

Deborah Bailey
Ritchie Geisel
Shara & Gary Hofing
The Mason-Willig Family
Muriel & Bill Primm
The Whyte Family Foundation

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Silver Sponsors

Amy & Paul Decker
Gordon Gund
Gerard O'Connor - Goldman Sachs
Mary Kitchen & Jonathan Orszag
Lori Ordover
Dee Patberg
Nancy & William Robins

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Bronze Sponsors

Joan Bartl & Walt McRee
Debbie Bisno & David Goldman
Judith K. Brodsky & Dr. Ferris Olin
Patti & Elliot Daley
Norman Klath
Lily & Elliot Krauss
Leighton-Feldman
Carol Mann & Howard Helene
Robyn & Jeffrey Persky

Sheryl & Joe Punia
Charles Villano Jr.
Janet & Jack Wolinetz
Lynne & Michael Wong
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