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LEAP Year Event 

28 Years & Counting

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Join us for an exciting LEAP Year Event on Thursday, February 29th, 2024, where you’ll have the chance to engage in a variety of meaningful conversations. Additional conversations will be held on Saturday, March 2nd, 2024.
Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to connect with members of the community and deepen your knowledge!

LEAP Year Event is our annual fundraiser when the community comes together to make LEAP's free after-school and summer programs for youth from underserved New Haven neighborhoods possible. This year our event will be on Thursday, February 29, 2024 with additional dinners on Saturday, March 2nd. 


The evening will begin with an in-person cocktail reception at the Dixwell Community Center (Q House) that will include a welcome from Henry Fernandez, LEAP's Executive Director, and an opportunity to hear from LEAP counselors. Guests then will then go to the dinners-in person or virtual-with their choice of topic and Guests of Honor.

LEAP Year Event is LEAP's most successful fundraiser with over 500 philanthropic donors, business professionals, and community leaders from the Greater New Haven area attending. In 2023, you helped us raise over $350,000 to make LEAP's free programs possible. Please email Alison Bonds at if you are interested in supporting the event this year as a Host, Sponsor, or Guest of Honor. With your partnership, we will continue to Create a New Haven for Our Children.

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There are many roles that make the LEAP Year Event possible each year. We would love for you to join in any capacity you feel comfortable.

Sponsor: Looking to support a great cause while getting unmatched publicity with prominent business leaders and community members in the New Haven area? Become a Sponsor at one of the many levels available, from Neighbor (contributing $500) to Superhero (contributing $50,000). Your name and logo will be shared in multiple print and digital materials which are distributed to our database of over 5,000 people. Click here for a more detailed description of the sponsor levels and benefits.

Attendee: Join the event by purchasing tickets to the conversation of your choosing, including in-person and virtual options. Have a wonderful evening knowing that you are supporting an amazing cause. Ticket sales will open mid-January.


Dinner Host: If you're interested in hosting a conversation in your home or at a local restuarant, please contact Alison Bonds at Hosts generously cover the cost of food and drinks for approximately 20 guests as a contribution to LEAP.

Interested in any of these roles? Contact Alison Bonds, LEAP Year Event Coordinator, at

Thank You to Our
LEAP Year Event 2024 Sponsors


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Roger Ibbotson


Jacqueline Koral



Robert Alvine and Joann Thompson


Alison L. Bonds



Thank you to our LEAP Year Event Planning Committee

Eliana Arroyo

Ann Baker Pepe

Alison L. Bonds

Rachel Kline Brown

Ruofan Chen

Jack Ciccolo

Judy Clark

Susan Kerley

Jacqueline Koral

Melissa Liriano

Cynthia Mann

Thea Moritz

Sydney Perry

Michaela Seales

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