Hartford Stage Gala

Dear Hartford Stage Gala Supporters,

It is with heavy hearts that we have decided to cancel the Heart of Connecticut Ball on Saturday, April 18, in response to the recommendations given by state and local health officials in regard to large gatherings. The safety and health of our loyal sponsors, patrons, community and staff remains our first priority, and we plan to recognize your support of this season in other creative ways over the course of the next few months.

We would like to thank Travelers, our Title Sponsor, for their prompt act of extreme generosity, committing to maintaining their financial support of the gala despite the event’s cancellation. Our partnership with Travelers, and all our supporters, is invaluable as we navigate through this crisis toward a brighter future.

To all who have already committed to a sponsorship of the event or who have purchased tables or tickets, we are deeply grateful for your ongoing support of our mission and personal investment in the Hartford community. We hope you will consider your purchase as a fully charitable contribution to help us continue operations through this unprecedented crisis.

We would also like to acknowledge the Hartford Public Library, the first recipient of the Inspiration Award. The heart of this recognition speaks louder now more than ever. The library’s contributions as a valued community partner will be honored in another thoughtful setting in the future.

The highlight of the Hartford Stage Gala, our exciting silent and live auctions, will take place online soon. We hope you’ll get in the festive spirit of the Gala at home as you bid generously on some of the amazing auction items.

We’ll reach out to you again soon with more details about the online auction and additional ways you can support Hartford Stage. In the interim, please feel free to contact Jennifer Levine, Donor Events Manager, with any immediate concerns at jlevine@hartfordstage.org or 860-520-7241.

Your kindness and generosity enables us to continue our work in spite of the challenges caused by this health emergency.
With gratitude,

Cynthia Rider
Managing Director

Esther Pryor
Gala Co-Chair

Jackie Iacovazzi
Gala Co-Chair


This year we debut the Hartford Stage Inspiration Award to honor an individual, group, or organization which has inspired and supported the theater in furthering its growth as a community partner.

The 2020 Recipient: Hartford Public Library


Title Sponsor


Executive Sponsor

united technologies

Platinum Sponsors


Stanley Black & Decker

Gold Sponsors

Benton Point Advisors

Landmark Partners

Locke Lord

Webster Bank

Silver Sponsor

Adams & Knight

Bartlett Brainard Eacott



Grunberg Realty

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

JCJ Architecture

People’s United Bank

Prudential Retirement

Bronze Sponsors

Barnes Group, Inc.

JP Morgan

Robinson & Cole

Saint Francis Hospital