Space Available in 90th Anniversary Strand Gala Journal

Posted on September 18, 2012 By

The Strand Center for the Arts is preparing to publish a 90th Anniversary Gala Journal to commemorate the 90 years since the Strand Theater was built in 1922.  Businesses and the general public are invited to mark the occasion by advertising in this keepsake journal.

The 90th Anniversary Gala, the evening of October 30, 2012, will pay tribute to Lawrence E. Bathgate, II, Founding Partner of Lakewood law firm Bathgate, Wegener & Wolf; John J. Franklin, former Lakewood Township Committeeman; and Denise and Richard Blackstone, Directors of Denise Daniele Dance Studio in Brick, N.J., members of the community who have been instrumental in the success of the Theater. Blanche Lombardi will be receiving the inaugural Strand Center for the Arts Legacy Award for her outstanding support.

Options for advertising include full, half and quarter page ads, ranging in price from $300.00 for a full page; $150.00 for a half page; and $75.00 for a quarter page.  Sponsorships and underwriting opportunities are also available from $500.00 to $7,500.00.

Contact Barbara Fedorchak, development director, at 732-367-7789×217 or or visit for advertising details.

The Strand is supported by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Lakewood Township, The New Jersey Council on the Arts, OceanFirst Foundation, Investors Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, Birdsall Services Group, Harrogate Retirement Community, the Florian J. Lombardi Foundation, and the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, along with many businesses, organizations and supporters.

About the Strand Theater The historic Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Ave., Lakewood, listed on the N.J. and National Register of Historic Places, was designed by world-renowned theater architect Thomas Lamb in 1922. The Lakewood Development Corporation (LDC) purchased the Strand in 1999. A program of capital improvements by the Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) provided the funding, at no cost to the taxpayers, for the construction, renovation and restoration of the theater, inside and outside.

Today the Strand Theater is considered an anchor in the downtown for creating economic growth, providing incentives for job creation, and attracting pedestrian traffic. The Strand offers year-round entertainment in plush, air-conditioned surroundings. It is a perfect venue to showcase comedians, musicals, dinner theater, stars from television and movies, and legendary musical entertainers. The reception gallery includes a catering facility for 250 people, a dance floor, and restrooms. It is ideal for theater-in-the-round, smaller events and receptions.