Gala Logo2016 Gala Recap

Approximately 200 guests attended the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey’s 10th Annual Gala at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston, New Jersey on Tuesday, March 22 to celebrate the leadership of our honorees and to recognize 35 years of service by the Alliance. The Gala kicked off with a cocktail reception with buffet dinner and a silent auction, and concluded with an awards presentation.

The Alliance presented Leadership Awards to Harrison J. Gordon,  Esq., Senior Partner, Gordon & Gordon, P.C., and Erhardt H.L. Preitauer, Senior Vice President, Government Programs, Horizon BCBSNJ and CEO of Horizon NJ Health. Mr. Gordon, who has served on the Board of Trustees of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, is considered to be a pioneer in brain injury litigation and has been practicing in the area of brain injury for over twenty years. Mr. Preitauer established a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) workgroup to ensure the transition to the Managed Long Term Services and Supports program was as seamless as possible for TBI members and their providers. Assemblywoman Mila Jasey presented each honoree with a Ceremonial Resolution. The Alliance is grateful for Mr. Gordon and Mr. Preitauer’s services and dedication to brain injury.

Highlights of the evening included Becky Quick, co-anchor of CNBC’s Squawk Box and Mistress of Ceremonies, who brought attendees to tears with her emotional speech reflecting on her family’s experience with brain injury and support received by the Alliance.  “BIANJ is the only statewide organization dedicated to improving the quality of life people experience after brain injury,” said Quick. “Brain injury is a lifelong struggle and I’m so grateful they have been there to support my brother and family.”  She also encouraged the crowd to “continue to support this amazing organization,” while adding that in today’s economy “it’s never been more important.”

Another guest, Amara Riccio, discussed her experience with brain injury and reflected on the help she has received from our organization. Cristabelle Braden, from Hope After Head Injury, performed some of her original songs about brain injury during the cocktail reception.

Thank you to all of our guests for your support of our organization. We are looking forward to next year!

Congratulations to our Honorees:

Harrison J. Gordon, Esq.

Senior Partner, Gordon & Gordon, P.C.
Attorney at Law


Erhardt H.L. Preitauer

Senior Vice President, Government Programs
Horizon BCBSNJ and CEO of Horizon NJ Health



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