WESTPORT, Conn. -- Westport Arts Center will honor local patron Ann Sheffer at the organization's Spring 2014 Annual Fundraising Gala in April.
Sheffer, a native of Westport, will receive recognition as a lead advocate for arts funding during the gala on April 25. The gala will be held at "a mystery location within five miles of downtown Westport," the group announced.
“The Westport Arts Center plays a significant role in Connecting the Community to the Arts and we couldn’t be more excited to have Ann as our honoree," Westport Arts Center Board member and gala co-chair Kristin Briner said in the release.
"The 2014 spring gala will marry Anne’s passion for visual arts and the Art Center’s creative energy to help ensure funding for future programs and exhibitions for our community. We look forward to the spring gala, and thank the community for their continued support of the arts.”
Sheffer served on President Clinton's Committee on the Arts and Humanities and "was instrumental in the creation of the Westport Arts Advisory Committee and currently serves on the Connecticut’s Advisory Committee for Culture and the Westport Country Playhouse’s Board of Trustees," according to the release.
“Ann is a champion of the arts in every sense," said Michael Ross, Managing Director at the Playhouse. "Her knowledge, passion, and dedication to the arts in this region, across the state, and on a national level are a daily inspiration.”
Sheffer has been "an avid supporter of the arts in Connecticut," according to the release. She has also been active the Staples High School PTA/Alumni Association, the Westport Historical Society, Westport Education Foundation, League of Women Voters, the Westport Public Library and the Westport Arts Center.
“I’ve been a supporter of the Westport Arts Center from its early days, and have watched it flourish as a vibrant and important organization in our community; especially through its arts education and outreach programs,” said Sheffer in the release. "I’m very proud to be part of its growth and success.”