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Ridgefield Playhouse Hosts Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

The annual commemorative celebration honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. is set for Jan. 20 at The Ridgefield Playhouse.
The annual commemorative celebration honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. is set for Jan. 20 at The Ridgefield Playhouse. Photo Credit: Courtesy The Ridgefield Playhouse

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The annual commemorative celebration to honor Martin Luther King Jr. is set for 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at The Ridgefield Playhouse. 

The ceremony is open to the public at no charge and will include musical performances, readings and remarks from selected speakers.

The ceremony is set to include the 11th annual presentation of the Spirit of Dr. King Ridgefield Community Service Award. The award is presented to a member of the town who "has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service and selflessness in the finest traditions of Dr. Martin Luther King," representatives said. The ceremony will acknowledge the work and dedication of Anita Donofrio.

"Although Anita has always shied away from the spotlight, she has been a generous and tireless supporter of many Ridgefield community programs and initiatives, including the Library, The Ridgefield Playhouse and Founders Hall, where she serves on the Board of Directors," representatives said. "Anita’s love of animals led her to become a full-time volunteer for the Jane Goodall Institute and the principal benefactor of the ROAR Animal Shelter. In the wake of last year’s Sandy Hook school shootings, Anita re-dedicated herself to become a passionate personal lobbyist for gun legislation reform, both locally and nationally."

First Selectman Rudy Marconi praised the move of venue to The Ridgefield Playhouse and the addition of musical performances.

“This is an absolutely wonderful way to make the King ceremony bigger, better and more inclusive. And it would not have been possible without (Executive Director Allison Stockel) and the Playhouse,” said Marconi.

Performances are set to include The Ridgefield Chorale, Deborah Katchko-Gray and the TSI singers, the Serendipity Chorale, New World Chorus, the teens from Ridgefield’s A Better Chance program and Kimberly Wilson.

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