Great Expectations 2019

Great Expectations is the Ridgefield Library's annual signature benefit. On this occasion, the Library honors an individual, couple or family whose work reflects the vision and mission of the Library.  We are delighted to have Paul and Dewey McNamara as the honorees for 2019.

Contact: Laureen Bubniak, Director of Development, 203-438-2282 x11029


An evening affair to benefit the Ridgefield Library

This year's gala will have a Kentucky Derby theme.

Honoring Paul and Dewey McNamara with the
2019 Hope H. Swenson Visionary Award

Saturday, May 4, 2019
6:00 to 11:00 PM
The Ridgefield Library
472 Main Street




The 2019 Great Expectations Gala honors Paul and Dewey McNamara as the recipients of the Hope H. Swenson Visionary Award for their ongoing strong support of the Ridgefield Library over the years including to the new building campaign and their meaningful contributions to the many organizations in Ridgefield.


See the 145th Kentucky Derby during the cocktail hour,enjoy a seated dinner by Sarah Bouissou Catering and sing along to a lively Piano Bar after the program!

Live Auction featuring a limited number of exclusive items

Derby attire encouraged.


Tickets at $250 per person are now available here.

Sponsorships at several levels, including various benefits, available here.

Gala program book ads in sizes ranging from $100 - $500 are now available here.

If you are not able to attend but wish to make a donation
in honor of the McNamaras
, please contact Laureen Bubniak
at 203-438-2282 x11029 or click here.















Anabel Cordano donates to library

Hope H. Swenson Visionary Award

Ridgefield Library Vision & Mission


Title Sponsor

Fairfield County Bank


Nobel Prize

Larry & Nancy Bossidy


Pulitzer Prize

Rudy & Sally Ruggles


Man Booker Prize


Robert & Elizabeth Ellis

Fairfield County Bank Insurances Services LLC

Lichtenberger Foundation

Dean & Theresa Miller

Norfolk Company

Rodier Flowers

Tauck Tours


Viking Construction, Inc.


Hugo Award

The Couri Family

Anita & Nick Donofrio

Steven & Elizabeth Goldstone

Gregory & Adams

Richard & Lori Jabara

John & Nancy Katz

RJR Builders LLC

John & Allison Stockel


Caldecott Medal

Pablito Almira

Sarah Bouissou Catering

Casey Energy

Doyle Coffin Architecture

Suni & Woody Harford

Robert & Jennifer Jasminski

Philip & Christine Lodewick

Sue Manning

John & Joanne Patrick

Ridgefield's HamletHub

Jonathan & Diana Seaman

Union Savings Bank

Western Connecticut Health Network


2019 Great Expectations Gala Co-Chairs

Marcie & Peter Coffin

Dean & Theresa Miller


2019 Great Expectations Gala Committee

Linda Berry 

Michele Booth 

Laureen Bubniak 

Anthony Cacciola 

John Casiello 

Jessica Cohen 

Kathleen Diana 

Robert  Ellis 

Lynn Everdell 

Ira Joe Fisher 

Andy Forsyth

Sonta Frindt 

Sandra Gill 

Mary Harold

Tizzie Mantione 

Connie Marsala 

Brenda McKinley 

Dorothy Pawlowski

Geri Schneider 

Victoria Secunda

Mary Mann Smith 

Valerie Van Beek 

Paul & Leslie Vuilleumier 

Carrie Wells

David & Julie Yaun