Arts in Education Program Supported by The Leir Foundation

In Memory of Henry and Irna Leir

20 for 20 Arts in Education Campaign

Ridgefield Playhouse

A Milestone 20 Years in the Making!

The goal of our 20 for 20 Campaign is to raise $200,000 to reach 20,000 students, both in-person and virtually, for FREE over the 2023-2024 school year!

Giving children the opportunity to experience live theater helps them see the world from multiple perspectives, teaches them to use their imaginations, fosters greater tolerance of people and ideas, and increases their empathy for others. The 20 for 20 Campaign celebrates 20 years of Arts in Education at the Playhouse and was kicked off at our annual Bernie Williams’ Day event on August 5. On that day, $23,000 was raised towards our goal! 

Members of the RPH Staff with Bernie Williams at Bernie Williams Day 2023

WE EXPRESS OUR SINCERE GRATITUDE TO THE FOLLOWING DONORS FOR SUPPORTING THE LEIR FOUNDATION ARTS IN EDUCATION PROGRAM:

SPONSORS: The Leir Foundation, 7th Annual Bernie Williams Day, The George Link Jr. Charitable Trust, Ridgefield Thrift Shop, Barbara Benton Davis Fund at Fairfield County Community Foundation, The Box of Rain Foundation, Pitney Bowes Foundation, Fairfield County Bank, Anita & Nick Donofrio, Daniela Sikora & Keitha Kinne, Allison & Jon Stockel 

WITH ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM: AAA Northeast, Christine & Ron Agard, Lauren & Carl Bailey, The Barker Welfare Foundation, Matt Bartelme & Kelly Moriarity, Jackie & Bill Bishop, Kimberly & Chris Bishop, Madeline & Kent Calhoun, Ann & Steve Carlson, Jeannine & Thomas Carr, Martha & Dick Cavett, Diane & Anthony Dalessio, Deborah & Dan De Clercq, Eric Diefenbach & James Keith Brown, Elizabeth Murray Ellis, Emerson Charitable Trust on behalf of Branson Ultrasonics, Enterprise Holdings, Darlina & Michael Fleitz, Liz & Steven Goldstone, Sameena & Peter Groves, Carolyn & Jon Hageman, Lillian Kraemer, George Landegger & Isabelle Bellis, Rebecca & Stephen Mucchetti, Sr., Annie Mulgrew & Brock Emmetsberger, M&T Bank, Macy’s, Peggy & Rudy Marconi, Robert Markumas, The Meek Foundation, Carol & Thomas Newman, Darlene & Paul Ottolini, Cheryl Patterson-Zaic & Gregory Zaic, The Perlmutter Family Foundation, Peggy Reed & Patti Fernandes, Meredith & Eric Reuben, Ridgefield Playhouse Board of Directors, Savings Bank of Danbury, Katy Schermann, Paul Shaffer, Charlotte & Kameron Shahid, Lisa & Alan Smith, Rachel & Joe Sondheimer, Beth Walters-Storyk & John Storyk, Dianne & Tom Thulin, Union Savings Bank and Wendy & Stephen Wooters