Artblog Year of the Ox Gala details

Thank you to our sponsors, guests, volunteers, chefs, artists and dancers for making The Year of the Ox gala a spectacular event and successful fundraiser!


ox headSaturday, January 24, 2015

126 Sculptors Way
Hamilton, NJ 08619


Live Auction of a Prized Herd

6:30PM – Cocktails, Local Chefs’ Tasting Tables & Silent Auction
8:00PM – Dinner by Rat’s Restaurant & Live Auction

Creative Black Tie

Featuring the talents of local chefs, performers and artists in a uniquely creative space, the ‘Ox’tion Gala will be a night not to be missed. Presented at Grounds for Sculpture, formerly the New Jersey State Fairgrounds and the vision of Hopewell Valley’s own Seward Johnson, this evening will feature food, fun, art, and oxen! Sponsor packages offer an early Preview Reception of the oxen and special opportunities with our culinary artists. If you have your sights set on one of the eleven ‘oxceptional’ oxen selected for the live auction, then you will want to join us. If you just love a night of creative fun, this is a place you’ll want to be!

The Gala is SOLD OUT! Thank you all for making this event a success!


We are wired!  To facilitate our auction, the Arts Council has contracted with the online auction house Bidding for Good.  All Silent Auction bidding will be done electronically, and checkout for oxen purchases after the live auction can also be done this way. Learn all about about bidding here.

Absentee bidding is available. If you are unable to attend the Gala and would like to place a bid on one of these wonderful oxen, please contact Carol Lipson at or 609-818-1512 (between 8 am and 9 pm) to make the necessary arrangements.

You can also bid in absentia on all items in the Silent Auction by registering for online bidding. Online bidding is now open and will close at 8pm on January 24. 

Year of the Ox Sponsors


Liza and Schuyler Morehouse


Vanessa Sandom and Carl Seiden


Fox Rothschild LLP


Rachel Donington and Steve Chaykowsky

Nancy and Gerard Fennelly

Joanne Gusweiler & Anne Williams

AJ Margulis Interiors

Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate of Hopewell and Princeton

UBS Financial Services Inc. of Princeton


Year of the Ox Gala Committee

Liz Bell * Dawn Berman * Sherry Berman * Kim Bruno * Erica Disch * Rachel Donington * Barbara Facompre * Mary Galioto * Chad Goerner * Dave Haneman * Susie Henkel * Susan Huber * Heidi Kahme * Roxanne Klett * Debbie Lane * Carol Lipson * Linda Martin * Will Mooney * Liza Morehouse * Andy Parsons * Molly Rice * Katherine Toland * Kristin Tunkel * Jane Zamost

Dinner Menu

Baby Kale & Arugula Salad with Black Mission Figs, Dried Cranberries, Pecorino Romano, and a Maple-Pecan Vinaigrette

Braised Short Ribs served with Roasted Root Vegetables and Crème Fraîche Mashed Potatoes
Seared Scottish Salmon featured with Mediterranean Quinoa and Scallion Oil
Chef’s Selection of Seasonal Vegetarian Dishes

Rat’s Chocolate Cake