The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey will present its Annual Gala at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston, NJ on Thursday, March 23, 2022.

The Gala celebrates the work of BIANJ and spotlights the contributions of leaders in our community who support people impacted by brain injury.

Join us for an evening of recognition, celebration and inspiration, along with music, a networking dinner, silent auction and more. You can participate by sponsoring a table, advertising in our journal, or purchasing tickets.

Your support will ensure that we can continue providing services for people affected by brain injury.

Wednesday, March 23rd

  • Crystal Plaza, Livingston NJ
  • 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

2022 Gala Honorees

Mistress of Ceremonies

Becky Quick, Co-Anchor on CNBC’s Squawk Box and Anchor of On The Money, has served as the Gala’s Mistress of Ceremonies since its inception in 2007. Becky has a personal experience with brain injury and is dedicated to supporting BIANJ.


BIANJ is committed to providing guests with a safe, healthy environment. This Gala will follow CDC/NJDOH recommendations and shift to a virtual event if necessary.

Proof of Vaccination:
BIANJ will require guests to be vaccinated at least 14 days prior to the event and show proof of vaccination.

BIANJ may ask attendees to wear masks when not actively eating or drinking, dependent on state rate of transmission and CDC/NJDOH recommendations.

The Crystal Plaza is a large venue that well exceeds the number of Gala attendees. Guests will be sat at small, spaced-out tables during the program. The Crystal Plaza is following all recommendations of the CDC, which include all staff wearing masks, proper sanitation stations available for guests, and filtration systems that allow for 100% airflow, and refill the space with natural air.

Past Honorees

  • Robert Garrett, FACHE, CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health
  • Bernie Flynn, Past President & CEO, NJM Insurance Group
  • Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, Director of Neuropsychology, Neuroscience and TBI Research, Kessler Foundation
  • Jane and Joe Concato, BIANJ Volunteers
  • Lori and Wallace Kyle, Caregivers and Past BIANJ Board President
  • Carolann Garafola, MA, Executive Director, Mt. Bethel Village
  • Susan and William Reilly, Caregivers, Sean Reilly TBI Fund
  • Cathleen D. Bennett, JD, President and CEO, New Jersey Hospital Association
  • Carol Ann Giardelli, MEd, Director, Safe Kids New Jersey
  • Christine O’Brien, President, Insurance Council of New Jersey
  • John Tiene, CEO, Agency Network Exchange
  • Barbara Gieger-Parker, Past President and CEO, Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey
  • Benjamin Kurland, CEO, Allaire Healthcare Group
  • Harrison J. Gordon, Esq., Senior Partner at Gordon & Gordon, PC
  • Erhardt Preitauer, Senior Vice President, Government Programs, Horizon BCBSNJ
  • Bob Doll, Senior Portfolio Manager and Chief Equity Strategist, Nuveen Asset Management
  • Vincente H. Gracias, MD, FACS, FCCP, FCCM, Interim Dean, Rutgers Rober Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Bruce M. Gans, MD, Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
  • Richard S. Spengler, Executive Vice President & Chief Lending Officer, Investors Bank
  • Roy Bavaro, DCH Teen Safe Driving Foundation
  • John K. Lloyd, FACHE, Meridian Health
  • Caroline O. McCagg, MD, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute
  • Peter A. Inverso, Roma Bank
  • Al Maghazehe, PhD, FACHE, Capital Health
  • Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr., New Jersey’s 8th Congressional District
  • Stephen Jones, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
  • Ronald J. Del Mauro, Saint Barnabas Health Care System
  • Anthony J. Kuczinski, Munich Re
  • Paul Anzano, Esq., Pringle Quinn Anzano, PC
  • Steven Benvenisti, Esq., Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, PC
  • Corinne “Cookie” Slade, Founder & Former President, Rehabilitation Specialists
  • Gary S. Carter, New Jersey Hospital Association
  • Anthony G. Dickson, NJM Insurance Group
  • Richard Bagger, Pfizer
  • David Grubb, Perma
  • Amy Mansue, Children’s Specialized Hospital

Show the Brain Injury Community Your Support

Sponsorship ensures that BIANJ can continue to provide vital programs and services for people with brain injury and their loved ones.

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