After two postponements due to the COVID pandemic, the Ridgefield Library’s 2021 Great Expectations Gala will take place virtually on Saturday, May 22, 2021 and will honor Eileen and Jay Walker with the Hope H. Swenson Visionary Award. This year’s Gala will be an extraordinary virtual Roaring 20s event including a fun and engaging virtual pre-party, three-course elegant dinner by Sarah Bouissou, a wine selection by Ancona’s Wines and Liquors, a package of Roaring 20s themed table décor, Roaring 20s musical performances by the Ridgefield High School Jazz Combo and the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, an exclusive personal virtual tour of the Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination by Jay Walker, and more. The Ridgefield Library plans to present a Roaring 20s jewelry and headpiece making virtual program in the weeks leading up to the Gala.
The Walkers have been chosen as recipients of the seventh annual Swenson Visionary Award for their work and philanthropy benefiting Ridgefield and the larger national and global communities. The Walkers’ contributions to the many communities they enrich personify the spirit of the Library’s vision to be the model for a vibrant and vital 21st century community library and its mission to meet the evolving needs of our Ridgefield community as the essential partner and place for people to go to discover, question, learn and connect.
The Ridgefield Library is delighted to honor the Walkers at the 2021 Great Expectations Virtual Gala and present them with the Swenson Award in May.
The Great Expectations Gala is the Ridgefield Library’s biggest fundraiser of the year and helps support operations of the Library year-to-year. The Ridgefield Library is a 501(c) 3 and must raise 30 percent of its operating budget privately each year. For additional information and sponsorship and ticket opportunities, contact Laureen Bubniak, Director of Development at 203-438-2282 Ext. 11029 or [email protected]