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Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 6:00 pm

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Join us August 25th honoring Ann Nyberg with the 3rd Annual Spirit of Katharine Hepburn Award!

Ann Nyberg, Connecticut’s longest-serving, full-time female news anchor/reporter will receive the 3rd annual Spirit of Katharine Hepburn Award at the Kate’s annual Summer Gala, “Color Me Kate.” The award is given to an individual who embodies the spirit, independence, and character of the legendary actress and will be presented at the Gala on Saturday, August 25. The event, which will highlight Ann’s love for Katharine Hepburn and her style, is the Kate’s largest fund raiser with proceeds supporting more than 300 cultural events and arts education programs each year that enlighten, engage, and connect our community. 

A resident of Madison, Ann is WTNH-TV’s longest-serving anchor/reporter in station history and has been nominated for multiple Emmys. In addition to anchoring several evening newscasts, she also produces and hosts the show Nyberg an on-air and online show she developed to share people’s stories with the masses. 

She has been a storyteller her entire life, which all started with a diary her mother gave her for Christmas when she was just 8 years old, and the rest is history. As Ann says, “I never met a story I didn’t want to tell.” Her first book, Slices of Life, A Storyteller's Diary debuted in October 2015, and is based on her diary. Her second book, released October 2016, is on the legendary Connecticut film actress, Katharine Hepburn. It is called Remembering Katharine Hepburn: Stories of Wit and Wisdom About America's Leading Lady.

An advocate for all things local, Ann’s website Network Connecticut spotlights people and places, small businesses and innovators and entrepreneurs all over the state. She also owns a boutique in Madison, called Annie Mame, where she carries several Connecticut-made goodies to help small businesses push ahead. The name of her shop is in tribute to her favorite movie, Auntie Mame which came out in 1958 and starred Waterbury native, Rosiland Russell.

Ann feels strongly about philanthropy and in 1993 she founded the Toy Closet Program at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. Thousands of toys and other items are given to children of all ages to help ease their trauma. A lover of the arts, she is a Trustee of the Kate, the only theater in the world named after the iconic four-time Academy Award winning Connecticut actress. Ann is also the only honorary female member of the Walter Camp Football Foundation which raises thousands of dollars for charity every year.

A volunteer committee, co-chaired by Lisa LeMonte and Lori Pendleton, is organizing the event with honorary co-chairs Duby McDowell and Robyn Gengras. Committee members include Ann Bartosewicz-Mele, Shannon LaPierre, Christine Picklo, Sandy Hart, Diane Hessinger, Maria Miranda, Meghan Whelen, and staff members Brett Elliott, Robin Andreoli, Michael Gatta, and Ruth Yakaitis.

Generously sponsored by:

Executive Producer Sponsor

GSB Wealth Management, a subsidiary of Guilford Savings Bank

Producer Sponsor

Becker’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, Old Saybrook

Join Us!

The Kate’s August 25th Gala takes place on the historic Old Saybrook Town Green at 6 pm and includes a cocktail hour with silent auction and dinner by Max Catering. Ann will receive the award, a graceful statuette in the likeness of Hepburn by Kimberly Monson, an artist and faculty member of the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. An exciting auction and live music and dancing round out the evening. 


Individual Tickets:

Like the Kate - $275 ($165 is tax-deductible)

Love the Kate - $375 ($265 is tax-deductible)

Gotta Have the Kate - $500 ($390 is tax-deductible)

Tables of ten:

Like the Kate - $2,500 ($1,400 is tax-deductible)

Love the Kate - $3,500 (receives program listing; $2,400 is tax-deductible)

Gotta Have the Kate - $5,000 (receives program listing and preferred parking; $3,900 is tax-deductible)

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Kate’s Summer Gala is an excellent event for client entertaining or employee recognition. Consider aligning your brand with our loyal and local audience while supporting the performing arts on the shoreline! Click here for detailed information or contact Robin Andreoli, Director of Development & Community Relations at