2015 Folger Gala

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About the evening

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Celebrating William Shakespeare's 450th Birthday

The 2014 Folger Gala was a great success. With the generosity of our sponsors, guests, and donors, we raised more than $330,000 for 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 thank you to Gala Chair Susan Sachs Goldman 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, for their patronage.

More than 275 guests enjoyed cocktails and the exhibition viewing of Shakespeare’s the Thing followed by “What revels are in hand?” in the Elizabethan Theatre. The panel of actors, including Zach Appelman, Michael Benz, Richard Clifford, Katie deBuys, Holly Twyford, and Fiasco Theater, provided an interesting and humorous perspective on their experiences of acting Shakespeare, with the finale of singing Happy Birthday to the Bard! The centerpiece of the evening was the exquisite dinner in the beautifully sparkling Reading Rooms. You may enjoy reading the event coverage in The Washington Post, Bloomberg, and Bisnow.