Special Fundraising Events

Have fun while supporting your favorite Library! Here are details of upcoming special
events, along with memories of some past programs.

Contact: Laureen Bubniak, Director of Development, 203-438-2282 x11029 lmbubniak@ridgefieldlibrary.org

Current & Upcoming Events

Great Expectations Gala
April 25, 2015
Learn more about this annual event, this year honoring Anita and Nick Donofrio with the Hope H. Swenson Visionary Awards. Sponsorships, program ads and tickets are now available for purchase.

Past Events

Fairfield County Giving Day
March 5, 2015
Thank you so much to everyone who made a Giving Day donation to the Ridgefield Library for a Maker Cart with supplies needed for 3D printing and many more technology projects throughout the Library. 57 people donated $3,005! Just enough to purchase our first fully equipped Maker Cart for the Library!


Teen Trivia Returns!
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Another great afternoon of fun and games for teens and their supporters. Many thanks to our prize sponsors Rob & Liz Ellis, Steve's Bagels and Cafe, Iovino Brothers, DiMaggio Hair Design and our team sponsors:











Trivia Challenge @ Guest Bartender Night at Gallo Ristorante
Thursday, February 19, 2015
A crowd of Library supporters and trivia buffs filled the bar at Gallo Ristorante for an evening of fun and refreshment. All bar tips plus 10% of the night's liquor bill came to the Library, courtesy of Raffaele and the team at Gallo.


Teen Trivia Afternoon
Saturday, December 13, 2014
60 teens had a great time as they competed in a range of general knowledge areas in the Library's first Teen Trivia Contest. 

Many thanks to our generous event sponsors:

Alexander Isley, Inc. Boys and Girls Club of Ridgefield
Casey Energy Ridgefield Capital
Dimitri's Diner Ridgefield Library Board of Directors
The Garden of Ideas Simpaug Farm

Woody Harford

Union Savings Bank

Many thanks also to our prize and refreshment sponsors:

DiMaggio Hair Design                         Piccolo Pizzeria
Dimitri's Diner                                        Prime Burger
Rob and Liz Ellis


Downton Abbey Came to the Ridgefield Library!
December 7, 2014
Nearly 100 people, most in period costume, gathered in the elegantly outfitted Morris Memorial rooms at the Library for an evening of Mrs. Patmore's appetizers and Downton Abbey wine poured by Carson and his staff, series-themed parlour games, vintage photography sessions and all things Downton.


Ridgefield Library Days @ Books on the Common
November 28 - 30, 2014
Thanks to the Library patrons who showed their Ridgefield library cards while shopping at their neighborhood independent bookstore over the Thanksgiving weekend, earning 15% of the value of their purchases as adonation to the Library from our generous friends at Books on the Common.


Piccolo Supports the New Ridgefield Library
Summer 2014
Our neighbor on Prospect Street, Piccolo Pizza, Pasta and Catering, was pleased to support the return of the new Ridgefield Library to the neighborhood with a special promotion.10% of the cost of purchases by those bringing in a special coupon were donated by Piccolo to the Library.

Dimitri's Welcomes the Library Back to the Neighborhood
Summer 2014
Dimitri's Diner was pleased to welcome Library users back to the neighborhood with a special promotion to support Library operations.10% of the cost of purchases by those bringing in a special coupon were donated by Dimitri's to the Library.

Guest Bartender Night at Gallo Ristorante
June 4, 2014
Library Director Chris Nolan, Board members Shane Casey and Marc Colamaria, and advisor Nick Donofrio were kept busy behind the bar at the Library's Guest Bartender Night at Gallo Ristorante. All the tips they received support the Library, and Gallo contributed 10% of the evening's liquor bill as well. 


Great Expectations Save the DateGreat Expectations
Friday, May 16, 2014
An evening affair to benefit the Ridgefield Library
Honoring Nancy and Larry Bossidy with the inaugural Hope S. Swenson Visionary Award

Library Raffle
April - May 2014
Congratulations to the Library Raffle winners, whose names were drawn by some young helpers during opening Weekend!
First Prize: Cape Cod vacation - David Mauro
Second Prize: Bracelet - Maree Macpherson
Third Prize: Library Hotel stay and NY Public Library tour - Andy Schaefer

Ridgefield Library Days @ Books on the Common
November 29 - December 1, 2013
Ridgefielders shopped local over the holiday weekend, supporting their neighborhood independent bookstore while directing 15% of the value of their purchases to the Library.  Thanks to all who participated and to the staff at Books on the Common for their continued generosity.

One For The Books
Sunday, September 8, 2013One for the Books logo
Cheered on by fans and Library supporters, Mitch Ancona, of Ancona's Wines, successfully set a new world record for most bottles of Champagne opened with a sabre in one minute. Sponsored by Ancona's Wines & Liquors, Ancona's Market, and Tusk & Cup, proceeds benefitted the Ridgefield Library.

Celebrate Spring!
March - May 2013
Four great evenings at the Library stimulated participants' sense of learning while supporting the Library.  Thanks to all who attended, and to our generous event sponsors:Celebrate Spring Invite Cover

Hope, Love, Desire & Jazz with vocalist Caroline Channin and the Arnie Gross Trio - Sponsored by Christine & Philip Lodewick

Taste, Listen & Learn: A Craft Beer Symposium with Mitch Ancona of Ancona's Wines & Liquors, David VanWees of Latis Imports and representatives from notable craft brew houses - Sponsored by Suni & Woody Harford

Poetry Live and In Person with actress Barbara Dana and local poets and poetry lovers, honoring Ann Jepson for her years of service as President of the Friends of the Library - Sponsored by the Friends of the Ridgefield Library

Good Books, Good Wine & Good Friends with reading recommendations from Darwin Ellis of Books on the Common - Sponsored by Liz Montanari

Peachwave logoFUNdraiser Tuesday at Peachwave
March 26, 2013
Visitors presenting a special coupon at Ridgefield's Peachwave store enjoyed yummy frozen yogurt and helped earn 20% of their purchase price as a donation by the store to the Library.


Books on the CommonRidgefield Library Days at Books on the Common
November 23-25, 2012

Once again, Ridgefielders showed their support for their Library and their local independent bookstore, resulting in proceeds of $900 donated to the Library by Ellen Burns and Darwin Ellis at BOTC.


We're Moving Forward
June 1, 2012

Over 100 people enjoyed a last hurrah before we got ready to close the doors at our current location and move to temporary quarters during construction, with a festive evening to mark the occasion.  Libations...hors d'oeuvres...live and silent auctions of unique Library-themed items, with everyone's favorite auctioneer Ira Joe Fisher, brought in over $18,000 to support the ongoing operations of the Library.

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February//March 2012
Thanks to our hosts, presenters and attendees, who raised more than $9,000 towards the Library's annual operations while enjoying food, drink and a fascinating rage of informative and entertaining presentations, from cooking with ale to popular literature with a multicultural perspective.


Temple Shearith Israel Purim Gala Auction
March 3, 2012
A portion of proceeds from live and silent auctions was donated to the Ridgefield Library.


BOTC logoLibrary Days at Books on the Common
November 25-27, 2011
A record number of Ridgefield Library cardholders shopped at Books on the Common over Thanksgiving weekend, resulting in $1,000 for the Library. Thanks to all the shoppers, and to Ellen Burns, Darwin Ellis and all the bookstore staff for their support.


Echoes of SinatraEchoes of Sinatra
November 4, 2011
More than 70 people temporarily forgot their storm-related woes with an evening of food and entertainment with a fun Italian flair! Singer/entertainer Steve Kazlauskas wowed the crowd with his renditions of Sinatra favorites. Proceeds supported the Library's annual operations.

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Summer Reading Celebration at Piccolo Pizza
August 3 & 4, 2011
Fifty percent of profits from purchases at the restaurant on these two days went to support the Library. Thanks to Matt and the crew for their generosity and hard work!


Tables iof Content Invitation CoverTables of Content
Winter/Spring 2011
A selection of literary-themed dining experiences, hosted by Library supporters in their homes or at delightful venues around town, was a huge success and raised more than $8,000 towards our annual operating budget.



Ridgefield Library Days at Books on the Common

Books on the CommonNovember 26, 27 & 28, 2010
Scores of readers and shoppers showed their library cards at the cash register during this busy retail weekend and 15% of the proceeds from all their book purchases were donated to the Ridgefield Library. Thanks to Ellen Burns, Darwin Ellis and the staff at Books on the Common!


David Gale Benefit Concert
October 3, 2010
Ridgefield native and violin virtuoso David Gale donated his time and talent to present a recital at South Salem Presbyterian Church to benefit the Library, where he was homeschooled while launching his musical career.


End of Summer Reading Celebration at Piccolo Pizza

August 2010
Hungry eaters earned nearly $600 for the Library as Piccolo Pizza generously donated a portion of all proceeds to the Library. Children's Programmer Diane Antezzo gratefully accepts a check from Piccolo's manager.



National Library Week Wine Tasting by Cellar XV

Sarah's Wine Bar Upstairs @ Bernard's
April 14, 2010
Thanks to over 130 attendees who contributed more than $1,300 to benefit the Library!


"Murder @ the Library" Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Evening

October 4, 2009
Featuring Crimes and Merriment, LLC in "Interlude with the Vampyre"