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Westport Playhouse Receives $75,000 Challenge Grant from Newman's Own

The Westport Country Playhouse is in the home stretch of a fundraising effort set to end Thursday.
The Westport Country Playhouse is in the home stretch of a fundraising effort set to end Thursday. Photo Credit: Westport Country Playhouse Facebook page

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Westport Country Playhouse has been awarded a $75,000 challenge grant from Newman’s Own Foundation to increase individual donor support.

The challenge, launched Dec. 1 to coincide with #GivingTuesday, a national day of philanthropy, continues through Thursday.

The grant will help the Playhouse build long-term organizational capacity and stability, increasing awareness of its role as an important nonprofit cultural resource, and inspiring loyal patrons to invest beyond the price of a ticket.

“Newman’s Own Foundation’s generous challenge grant is a tremendous incentive for our friends to contribute to ‘theater worth talking about’ as each donation is matched dollar-for-dollar,” said Michael Ross, Playhouse managing director. “The Playhouse is a nonprofit theater and fundraising is the only way to keep ticket prices accessible. We thank Newman’s Own Foundation for encouraging broader financial support, and for their continued recognition that this historic theater is a vibrant, important part of our community.” Ross added, “We believe ‘theater worth talking about’ is theater worth supporting.”

The Playhouse and Newman’s Own Foundation share a common connection in Paul Newman. Newman’s Own Foundation is the independent foundation created by Newman to continue his philanthropic legacy. Together, Paul Newman and his wife, former Playhouse artistic director Joanne Woodward, were instrumental in creating the Playhouse as it exists today.

“Westport Country Playhouse plays a valuable role in the cultural life of the region,” said Robert Forrester, president and chief executive officer of Newman’s Own Foundation. “We are pleased to award this grant and hope that our challenge inspires others in the community to likewise support the Playhouse.”

Gifts can be made online or by calling the Playhouse at 203-571-1138.

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