A legacy gift is any gift that will be made in the future, for the future. Forward-thinking and caring individuals secure their legacy by including Founders Hall in their estate planning, thus ensuring Founders Hall will be available for future generations.

A common form of legacy gifts is a bequest, that is, naming Founders Hall as a beneficiary of a will, retirement account, insurance policy or other asset. Your trusted financial advisor can provide information about potential tax benefits of leaving a bequest.

We honor individuals who have notified us of their intent to leave a bequest to Founders Hall by including them in Founders Circle. We are very grateful for their generosity, forethought, and care, which will provide Founders Hall programs in perpetuity. Founders Circle members receive a designation in our annual impact report and are invited to special social events.

If you would like additional information on how to join Founders Circle, please contact Cindy Nesbitt, Director of Development, at 203-431-7000.

These individuals are Founders Circle members:

Anonymous (3) *
Joan Antkiw *
Stephen Antkiw *
Rose M. Antonucci *
Theresa Bach
Bonnie Barrett
Anita Barrios
John Berisford
Lori Berisford
Lee V. Blum*
Joan Bubert *
Fran Caldwell
Max Caldwell *
Jim Christiano
Suzanne Conlin
Jeanne Cook *

Elaine Couri
John Couri
Deanna Cunningham
Jack Daniels *
Julienne Daniels *
Joe Giacone
Pat Giacone
Katharine Gluck
Richard Godbout
Evelyn Godbout
Liz Goldstone
Steve Goldstone
Nina Gregory

Maryann Grierson
Peter Grierson
Jean Haddon
Rabbi Jon Haddon
Stephen H. Hart, Jr. *
Frances B. Head
Emelie Howard *
Claudia Kelly
James Kelly *
Elizabeth Kemp *
Nicholas Kilsby
Aline Lawrence *
Tom Lesko
Dolores MacNeill
Janet Gebbia Mannuccia
Sal Mannuccia
Anne Martin
Linda Massie
Stephanie McCormack
Margaret McEachern
Dean Miller
Theresa Miller
Pamela F. Morganti *
Robert J. Morganti *
Helen Morse *
Cindy Nesbitt
Beverly Osgood
William Osgood
Charles Pankenier *

Joanne Patrick
John Patrick
Carol M. Perine
Jim Phelps
Christina Phillips
Candace Plechavicius
Mary Laura Pritchard
Tom Pritchard *
Goldie Robitaille
Donald E. Rose
Peter. G. Rose
Bobbie Schneider *
Anne Scott
Roger Scott
Lori Seibert
Ted Seibert
Sabina Slavin
Joann Spence
Helene Taylor
Barbara L. Toplin
Irv Toplin*
Katherine A. Van Den Ameele *
Edward W. Van Den Ameele *
Alayne Vlachos
William L. Wallace *
Jan Wallace
Bill Weber
Edna Weber*
Grace Weber
Mark Weber

* In grateful memory
Updated 11/9/2022

Donor Spotlight: After a 30-year career in real estate, longtime Ridgefielder and new retiree Tina Phillips found herself alone when her husband died suddenly. She joined Founders Hall, which became her place to meet friends, take a class, and rekindle her lifelong passion for art. Then she offered to teach an art class, and the merging of passion and work changed Tina’s life.

“It is a beautiful thing when a career and your passion come together,” Tina said. “I am forever grateful to Founders Hall for giving me the opportunity to ‘reinvent’ myself and use my lifelong love and gift of art to fulfill my life, and to share my gift with others. I joined Founder’s Circle so that this amazing asset for seniors continues to change lives, like it changed mine.”