Shop  |  Calendar  |  Join  |  Buy Tickets  |  Hamnet  |  Site Rental  |  Press Room  
About UsWhat's OnUse the CollectionDiscover ShakespeareTeach & LearnFolger InstituteSupport Us
• 2013 Folger Gala

   Sign up for E-news!
   Printer Friendly

2013 Folger Gala

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Folger Gala

The 2013 Folger Gala was a great success. With the generosity of our sponsors, guests, and donors, we raised $260,000 for the Folger Shakespeare Library’s programs, which bring the very best in Shakespeare education and performance to schoolchildren, scholars, and audiences in the Washington area and beyond.


We extend a very special thanks to Gala Co-Chairs, Edward and Patricia Leahy, and the Gala Committee whose leadership and efforts helped achieve this success. Thank you also to Honorary Co-Chairs, the British Ambassador and Lady Westmacott and the Ambassador of Ireland and Mrs. Collins, for their patronage and for the kind sentiments about the Folger that Ambassador Collins shared in his remarks.


More than 200 guests enjoyed the exhibition viewing of “Nobility and Newcomers in Renaissance Ireland” followed by the hilarious “Instant Pyramus & Thisbe” directed by Aaron Posner. The cast of Folger favorites, Cody Nickell, Kate Eastwood Norris, Ian Merrill Peakes, Karen Peakes, Holly Twyford, and musician Cliff Eberhardt, gave us an insightful and humorous look at the art of performing Shakespeare. The evening was topped off by a delectable dinner in the exquisite Gail Kern Paster Reading Room. You may enjoy reading the event coverage in Bloomberg News .


Honorary Co-Chairs

The British Ambassador and Lady Westmacott

The Ambassador of Ireland and Mrs. Collins


Gala Chairs

Edward and Patricia Leahy


2013 Folger Gala Committee

Jarrett and Nora Arp
The Lord Browne of Madingley
Dick and Heather Cass
Bonnie and Louis Cohen
Nicky and Steve Cymrot
Philip Deutch and Marne Levine
David and Margaret Gardner
Susan Sachs Goldman
Maxine Isaacs
Carol and Eugene Ludwig
Ken Ludwig and Adrienne George
The Honorable John D. Macomber
William and Louisa Newlin
Darcy and Andrew Nussbaum
Herman J. Obermayer
David and Mary Parsons
Gail Kern Paster
Paul and Joanne Ruxin
Mr. and Mrs. B. Francis Saul II
Mallory and Diana Walker
Mr. and Mrs. Morrison Des. Webb


Honorary Committee

Speaker John A. Boehner
Senator Michael F. Bennet
Senator Richard Burr
Senator Thad Cochran
Congressman Steve Cohen
Senator Susan Collins
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro
Congressman John D. Dingell
Senator Michael B. Enzi
Senator Chuck Grassley
Congressman Rush Holt
Senator Mary Landrieu
Senator Patrick J. Leahy
Congressman John Lewis
Congresswoman Doris Matsui
Congresswoman Betty McCollum
Senator Barbara A. Mikulski
Senator Jerry Moran
Congressman Jim Moran
Senator Lisa Murkowski
Congressman Thomas Petri
Senator Mark Pryor
Senator Jack Reed
Congressman Dave Reichert
Senator Charles E. Schumer
Congressman Mike Simpson
Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter
Senator Mark R. Warner


Gala Sponsors

Prime Sponsors

The Chubb Corporation

Carol and Eugene Ludwig

Herman J. Obermayer


Major Sponsors


The Lee and Juliet Folger


David and Margaret Gardner

Edward and Patricia Leahy

The Honorable John D.


David and Mary Parsons

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Pigott KBE

Mr. and Mrs. B. Francis Saul II



Jarrett and Nora Arp


Bonnie and Louis Cohen

Design Cuisine

Susan Sachs Goldman

Maxine Isaacs

Gail Kern Paster



Gary L. Abrecht

The Lord Browne of Madingley

Patrick and Twiss Butler

Dick and Heather Cass

Nicky and Steve Cymrot

Philip Deutch and

   Marne Levine

James V. Kimsey

David Eric Lees, M.D., and

   Daniele F. Huntington, M.D.

Ken Ludwig and

   Adrienne George

Roger and Robin Millay

The Mosaic Foundation

   (of R. & P. Heydon)

William and Louisa Newlin

Darcy and Andrew Nussbaum

Paul and Joanne Ruxin

Lily Safra

Victor Shargai and

   Craig Pascal

Mallory and Diana Walker

Mr. and Mrs. Morrison

   Des. Webb

Phyllis Jane Young

Bookmark and Share   
     Copyright & Policies   |   Sitemap   |   Contact Us   |   About This Site
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Get directions »
PublicReading Room
10am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday8:45am to 4:45pm, Monday through Friday
12pm to 5pm, Sunday9am to noon and 1pm to 4:30pm, Saturday
Main: 202 544 4600
Box Office: 202 544 7077
Fax: 202 544 4623