2020 Folger Gala

 

 

In a typical year, the Folger Shakespeare Library's annual gala is our largest and most significant fundraiser of the year, providing critical support for programs and services that bring Shakespeare to life.  

This has been anything but a typical year. The safety of our guests, artists, and staff is our highest priority, and in keeping with the advice of public safety officials the Folger Gala 2020 will be virtual.

While this is not the format we would have wished for, we are delighted to welcome guests from across the country and around the world for an evening of wit, entertainment, and celebration online. We are grateful to the co-chairs, committee, and sponsors who have maintained their support when we need it most.

Entertainment for the evening features a performance by Folger favorites Kim Schraf and Craig Wallace, the musical stylings of classically trained pianist Kevin Miller and bass opera singer Soloman Howard, and a special appearance from celebrated chef and Gala Co-Chair José Andrés.

The format will enable us to welcome everyone to the Gala! We ask that you consider purchasing a “ticket” for the evening through a fully tax-deductible donation. A gift of $100 supports the Folger’s ongoing work at a time when it is most needed.

Premiere: Monday, September 14, 2020, at 7 pm EDT
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Gala Co-Chairs

José Andrés and Patricia Fernández de la Cruz

2020 Folger Gala Committee

Jarrett and Nora Arp
Dr. Bill and Evelyn Braithwaite
Vint and Sigrid Cerf
Florence and Neal Cohen
Louis and Bonnie Cohen
Nicky Cymrot
Philip Deutch and Marne Levine
Emily and Michael Eig
Lisa Fuentes and Thomas Cohen
Margaret and David Gardner
Susan Sachs Goldman
Maxine Isaacs
Frank F. Islam and Debbie Driesman
Justine and David Kenney
Michael Lebovitz and Ana Paludi
Richard and Jane Levy
J. May Liang and James Lintott
The Honorable Eugene and Dr. Carol Ludwig
Ken Ludwig and Adrienne George
Jacqueline Badger Mars
Leander and Stephanie McCormick-Goodhart
Peter and Mary Jay Michel
Carl E. and Undine A. Nash
Darcy and Andy Nussbaum
Gail Kern Paster
Paul Smith and Michael Dennis
Scott and Liz Vance

Honorary Committee

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici
Senator Richard Burr
Congressman James Clyburn
Congressman Steve Cohen
Congressman Tom Cole
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell
Congressman Raúl Grijalva
Congressman Jim Himes
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
Congressman Jamie Raskin
Senator Charles E. Schumer
Congressman José Serrano
Senator Mark Warner
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Sponsors

Lead Sponsors

Vint and Sigrid Cerf
J. May Liang and James Lintott
Timothy and Linda O'Neill

Prime Sponsors

Susan Sachs Goldman
The Honorable Eugene and Dr. Carol Ludwig

Major Sponsors

Jarrett and Nora Arp
Louis and Bonnie Cohen
Florence and Neal Cohen
Emily and Michael Eig
The Lee and Juliet Folger Fund
Lisa Fuentes and Thomas Cohen
Margaret and David Gardner
Gilbane Building Company
Shakespeare's Globe, USA
The Honorable John D. Macomber
Jacqueline Badger Mars
Robin and Roger Millay
Gail Kern Paster
Mr. and Mrs. B. Francis Saul, II
Paul Smith and Michael Dennis

Friends 

Twiss and Patrick Butler
Maxine Isaacs
Leander and Stephanie McCormick-Goodhart
Loren and Frances Rothschild
Kathie and Mike Williams
AltieriSeborWieber, LLC, OLIN Landscape Architects, Pentagram Design, Inc.

Patrons

Bill and Sunny Alsup
Nicky Cymrot
Maygene and Steve Daniels
John and Connie McGuire
Mary Mochary
Carl and Undine Nash
William and Louisa Newlin
Darcy and Andy Nussbaum
Susan and Frank Salinger
Mr. Leslie C. Taylor
Mary Augusta and George D. Thomas
Ednajane Truax
Nyla and William G. Witmore

For more information, contact Anne McKiterick, Development Associate for Major Gifts: (202) 675-0349 amckiterick@folger.edu

For information regarding Corporate Sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ari Silber, Senior Development Officer for Corporate and Foundation Relations: (202) 675-0371 asilber@folger.edu