Thank You, Yaddo Gala Sponsors!

On Thursday, October 3, over 200 guests turned out for the most successful fundraiser in Yaddo’s history. Sold-out weeks in advance, the Gala brought together our major benefactors and supporters, artists and many new faces. Proceeds from the evening will support vibrant programming, new artistic work and the $10 million campaign to revitalize Yaddo’s facilities.

An evening highlight was Letters to Yaddo, a staged reading directed by Yaddo filmmaker Tamara Jenkins with Rufus Collins, Willem Dafoe, Kathryn Hahn and Lucy Liu. The script featured letters by luminaries like James Baldwin, Patricia Highsmith and Dorothy Parker. The performance was electrifying.

The live auction showcased the talents of Jay McInerney, Lynn Nottage, Gary Shteyngart and Colm Tóibín, each of whom generously donated their time. We’re so grateful to our artists, our Co-Chairs, Board, auction donors and Gala sponsors, listed below.  Together, we raised over $800,000.

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The President’s Circle

Janice Y.K. Lee and Joseph Bae

The Patron’s Circle



Bill Janetschek & Joan Lacagnina & Amie and Scott Nuttall

Candace King Weir

The Muse’s Circle

Stacie and Michael Arpey

Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Goldman Sachs


Eunei and Ron Lee

Vivien and Jason Lee

Nanar and Anthony Yoseloff

The Sponsor’s Circle

Ayco, a Goldman Sachs Company

Barbara and Steven Baum

Mona Brown & Melinda Carroll

Five Mile Capital Partners LLC

Marilynn and Willis Goldsmith

Julie and Gary Holloway

Tammy and Jay Levine

Morgan Stanley

Stacey and Glenn Murphy, FIS Holdings Ltd.


Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Amy and David Sorkin

The Swyer Family Foundation Inc.

Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee

Jill Viney

Lisa Warren and Konrad Kruger

We also extend thanks to our generous event donors – catering by Gabriele Corcos, cocktails by Glenfiddich single malt whiskey, theater tickets by Lincoln Center and the Manhattan Theater Club, spirits by Beluga Noble Russian Vodka and wines by Patrick Allen Selections.