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LEAP Year Event 

28 Years & Counting

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Ticket sales open January 23rd, 2023 at 12:00 PM

and close February 19th, 2023

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 takes place on Thursday, February 23rd, 2023 with additional dinners on Saturday, February 25th. After successfully hosting both virtual and in-person options for LEAP Year Event in 2022, which raised nearly $360,000 and attracted over 600 attendees, this year's event will also have both in-person and virtual options for guests' comfort and accessibility.  

The evening will commence with a virtual reception including a welcome from Henry Fernandez, LEAP's Executive Director, an opportunity to hear from LEAP counselors. Guests will then join their 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 600 philanthropic donors, business professionals, and community leaders from the Greater New Haven area attending. Even during these trying times, with your partnership, we will continue to Create a New Haven for Our Children.

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Want to get involved?

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.

Attendee: Join the event by buying tickets to the conversation of your choosing! Have a wonderful evening knowing that you are supporting an amazing cause. Ticket sales are open on January 23rd and close February 19th.

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 our Hero Sponsors, Noble Wealth Advisors of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, and Roger Ibbotson (contributing $25,000). Your name and logo will be shared in multiple print and digital materials which are distributed to our database of over 5,000 people. Here is more description of the sponsor levels and benefits.

Dinner Host: Contribute as a Host to help offset costs for dinner options for our larger Zoom conversations. Dinner choices are available for guests from local restaurants we are delighted to support. Take a look at our Dinner Hosting Pyramid to see what level of contribution makes sense for you. Your donation ensures more of our fundraising proceeds goes directly into LEAP's programming to support our LEAPers. 

Interested in any of these roles? Contact Alison Bonds, Deputy Director of Development and Communications at

Thank You to Our
LEAP Year Event 2023 Sponsors


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Roger Ibbotson


Roz & Jerry Meyer

Carol Sirot

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Jay & Grace Bright

Bill Aseltyne & Jeff Stryker


Jacqueline Koral


Cindy Mann, MD

Stephanie Green & Eric Grubman


Dr. Marcus McFerren with



Julie Wilson & Thomas Ruggieri


The Scillia Family

Marna & Eric Borgstrom

Ruby Melton & Gail McAvay

Joel Zackin & Celeste Suggs

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Alison Bonds & Larry Levine

John S. Nussbaum

Jody Ellant with

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Lisa Stanger and Greg Colodner

Sydney Perry

Robert Alvine & Joann Thompson

The Williams Family

Marian Chertow & Matthew Nemerson

Gerald Kahn & Kathyrn Hill

Diane Ariker

Nancy M. Williams with 

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Alexis & Ken Smith

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In Kind Donations

Judy Sirota Rosenthal

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Thank you to our LEAP Year Event Planning Committee

Ann Baker Pepe

LaRaja Bidon

Alison L. Bonds

Rachel Kline Brown

Sandy Chang

Judy Clark

Allie Salazar Gonzalez

Nicole Jefferson

Susan Kerley

Jacqueline Koral

Cynthia Mann

Thea Moritz

Sydney Perry

Jeff Stryker in memoriam

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