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Register now for this fabulous June 9th event.
RSVP by Friday, May 18th.
See the list of generous hosts & sparkling luminaries.

Please contact Wendy Rhodes for more information and to reserve your ticket for this very exciting evening! Placement is determined by date of reply and your choice of contribution.
Reservations must be made by Friday, May 18.

Email gunndevelopment@biblio.org
or call 860-868-7586 to book tickets.


The 17th annual Library Luminaries event to raise funds for the Gunn Memorial Library and Museum is scheduled for Saturday, June 9th. This year, 13 simultaneous dinner parties will take place — all hosted by generous and interesting area residents in their homes, and each highlighting a notable "luminary."

Additionally, a dinner concert complete with dancing will be hosted that evening by an array of Library & Museum supporters at the Washington Club Hall. Following a down-home dinner, lead vocalist for the Saturday Night Live house band, Christine Ohlman, and her band, Rebel Montez, will perform two fifty-minute sets. A departure from the traditional Library Luminaries format, this event, which debuted last year, is back by popular demand.

Gunn Memorial Library & Museum raises the greater part of its operating budget through individual philanthropy and annual events like Library Luminaries. Recent Connecticut statistics reveal that Gunn Memorial Library boasts double the number of visits per capita of towns of its size and performs at the top of library measures statewide. Guests choose from among the fourteen dinners when submitting their RSVPs. With donations ranging from $150 per person and up, in the case of a sell-out, placements are determined by a supporter’s contribution level, as well as their date of reply. Event Co-Chair and Vice President of the Board of Trustees Barbara Kohn says, "The diverse programming provided by the library and museum throughout the year is always free of charge, thanks to our generous donors. We are grateful to the steadfast supporters of Gunn Memorial who come together this one night every year to make all of that free programming possible."

A pre-dinner cocktail party is held at the library and included in the cost of a dinner, and open for a contribution of $50 to those who may not be attending dinners. "The opportunity to attend only the cocktail party was recently included to allow a greater number of our community members to participate," says Event Co-Chair and Trustee Sande Breakstone.

Luminaries and hosts this year include: former NYC ballet principals Heather Watts & Damian Woetzel, hosted by Linda Allard; internationally-recognized painter Charles Cajori, hosted by David Behnke and Paul Doherty; New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods, hosted by Abbey Darer and Tom Rosenwald; retired Warner Brothers president Alan Shayne & painter-sculptor Norman Sunshine, Ene & James Greenfield; wife of renowned Broadway theater impresario Pat Schoenfeld, hosted by Susan & Murray Haber; American furniture expert Leslie Keno, hosted by Sunny and Michael Halperin; former master floral arranger at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Chris Giftos, hosted by Fran and Myles Itkin; Academy Award-winning direct James Ivory, hosted by Steven James and David Lewandowski; Hollywood writer and producer Rob Long, hosted by Susan and John Long; photographer Marcia Lippman and Vice President and Director of Photographs and Photobooks at Swann Auction Galleries, Daile Kaplan, hosted by Kathy and Matthew Root; interior design author Susanna Salk in her private home; author, astrologer and cosmetics brand creator Cathy Cash Spellman, hosted by Joanna & David Samson; and economist and author Zachary Karabell, hosted by Katherine Wenning and Michael Dennis.

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