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Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 6:00 pm

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The Kate’s Annual Summer Gala!
Join us August 26th for an old Hollywood affair honoring Glenn Close with the 2nd Annual Spirit of Katharine Hepburn Award!

Acclaimed actress Glenn Close has been named the recipient of the 2nd annual Spirit of Katharine Hepburn Award. The award, given by the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, is bestowed yearly upon an individual who embodies the spirit, independence, and character of the legendary actress.

The award will be presented to Close at the organization’s annual Summer Gala on Saturday August 26th.

Close has been nominated for six Academy Awards, won three Tonys and three Emmys, and advocates for mental health issues.  She made her feature film debut in The World According to Garp, for which she received an Oscar nomination. She was subsequently Oscar-nominated for The Big Chill, The Natural, Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons and Albert Nobbs.  For the latter, she was also a producer, co-wrote the screenplay and composed the lyrics for the Golden Globe nominated theme song, “Lay Your Head Down.”

Close won two consecutive Emmys along with a Golden Globe Award, and three SAG nominations for her portrayal of ‘Patty Hewes’ on Damages. She won a third Emmy for her title role performance in Serving in Silence: the Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (for which she also received a Peabody Award as executive producer).

In 1974, Close made her professional, theatre, and Broadway debut in The Phoenix Theatre’s Love for Love, directed by Harold Prince. Over her forty-three year career, she has always returned to the theater, receiving Tony Awards for Death and the Maiden, The Real Thing and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Sunset Boulevard, as well as an Obie Award for The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs. Last spring, Close made her London-West End debut in a new production of Sunset Boulevard, for which she won a London Evening Standard Award and was nominated for an Olivier Award. She is presently starring, to great acclaim, in that same production, on Broadway.

Close’s decision to join the acting profession in part stems from viewing one of the most famous and first ever television interviews with Katharine Hepburn, conducted by Dick Cavett, the inaugural Spirit of Katharine Hepburn Award Winner.  Hepburn became an inspiration to Close and Hepburn welcomed this role, finding small ways to support Close through communications and appearances at events honoring Close.

We are thrilled that our High Hosts this year will be Sandy and Arnold Chase, Nancy and Tim Haviland, and the Sciame Family, with Honorary Chair Edie Gengras.  Our Gala Co-Chairs Robyn Gengras and Duby McDowell encourage you to come honor Ms. Close, dance, and indulge in delicious foods and beverages! 

Our Current Sponsors Include:


Executive Producer Sponsor

GSB Wealth Management

Presenter Sponsor

4AllPromos

Robyn & Jonathan Gengras

Paula and William Meo

Producer Sponsor

Becker’s Jewelers – Old Saybrook

Kainen, Escalera, & McHale, PC

Director Sponsor 

AT&T Connecticut

Baronet Coffee

Burns & McDonnell

McDowell Jewett Communications

Middlesex Hospital

Reynolds’ Garage and Marine

Hadass and Matthew Rubin

Sightlines 

William Pitt Sotheby’s – Colette Harron

 

Flow of the Evening

The August 26th Gala at the Kate will take place on the historic Old Saybrook Town Green. The event begins at 6 pm with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails under the tent.  Dinner and dessert by Max Catering will be complemented by live and silent auctions as well as remarks celebrating Close and another tremendous year of arts and culture at “The Kate.“ The Kate will then turn the party up a notch, filling the dance floor with current tunes and crowd favorites and dancers/instructors from the Fred Astaire – Old Saybrook Dance Studio will perform and join the party.

During the event, Close will receive the award, a graceful statuette sculpted in the likeness of Hepburn by Kimberly Monson, an artist and faculty member of the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.

Guests are encouraged to wear old Hollywood attire.

Tickets

Individual tickets and tables to attend the event:

Individual Tickets:
Like the Kate - $275
Love the Kate - $375
Gotta Have the Kate - $500
Tables of 10: 
Like the Kate - $2,500
Love the Kate - $3,500 (receives program listing)
Gotta Have the Kate - $5,000 (receives program listing and preferred parking)

Sponsorship

Sponsorships are also available!  To purchase sponsorship, click on the "buy ticket" button above and for more information contact Dana Foster Director of Development 
and External Relations at Dana.Foster@thekate.org. Consider becoming a Kate Gala sponsor and receive great benefits:   

Partner Sponsor - $15,000
  • Ability to participate in awarding of Spirit of Katharine Hepburn Award
  • 10 tickets to the Gala ($3500 value)
  • 6 tickets to Meet and Greet with Glenn Close
  • Listing on the invitation (if commitment is submitted by June 15)
  • Listing in any print or electronic media advertisements done
  • Full page color ad in prominent location in the program
  • Listing on the website and other Gala promotional materials
 
Executive Producer Sponsor - $10,000
  • 10 tickets to the Gala ($2500 value)
  • 4 tickets to Meet and Greet with Glenn Close
  • Listing on the invitation (if commitment is submitted by June 15)
  • Listing in any print or electronic media advertisements done
  • Full page color ad in prominent location in the program
  • Listing on the website and other Gala promotional materials
 
Presenter Sponsor - $5,000
  • 4 tickets to the Gala ($1,000 value)
  • 2 tickets to Meet and Greet with Glenn Close
  • Listing on the invitation (if commitment is submitted by June 15)
  • Listing in any print or electronic media advertisements done
  • Full page color ad in the program
  • Listing on the website and other Gala promotional materials
 
Producer Sponsor - $2,500
  • 2 tickets to the Gala ($500 value)
  • Listing on the invitation (if commitment is submitted by June 15)
  • Full page color ad in the program
  • Listing on the website and other Gala promotional materials
 
Director Sponsor - $1,000
  • Listing on the invitation (if commitment is submitted by June 15)
  • Full page black and white ad in the program
  • Listing on the website and other Gala promotional materials