Al and Barbara Scheiner Named Gamm's New Partners in Philanthropy

Al and Barbara Scheiner have been named The Gamm Theatre's Partners in Philanthropy for 2013. Al and Barbara are devoted fans of The Gamm Theatre's work on stage and tireless advocates for our educational programs. With fifteen years of active board and committee membership between them, and a history of generous philanthropic support, the Scheiners have made a vital impact on the success and future of the theater.

"The Gamm Theatre provides us with a unique access to the arts," say the Scheiners. "Our personal and intellectual growth and the theater's commitment to opportunities for literacy in the community have made this a very meaningful relationship. It is a privilege to contribute emotionally and financially and be part of the Gamm family."

The Scheiners will be honored at Rhode Island's National Philanthropy Day Breakfast & Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, November 26 at Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet. Since 1987, The Association of Fundraising Professionals Rhode Island (AFP-RI) and more than 100 non-profit organizations have come together to honor outstanding philanthropic contributions of corporations, small businesses, individuals and groups. Through philanthropy and volunteering, these individuals and organizations have made a real difference in the lives of men, women and children in Rhode Island and southeastern New England. During the National Philanthropy Day event, recognition is given to more than 100 Partners in Philanthropy by non-profit organizations who want to honor outstanding volunteers and donors.

"Al and Barbara were there at the core of The Gamm when we needed them the most," said Gamm Artistic Director Tony Estrella. "Without their steadfastness and passion for the theater and its role in lifting the quality of life in the community, there is no way we would have survived to make the transition, over a decade ago, to our home here in Pawtucket. Their work on the board and in countless committees and volunteer efforts has been vital, as has their strong belief in the importance of education and the arts in improving the lives of our children. They are an extraordinary couple and on behalf of The Gamm and our entire community, I offer my awe and humblest gratitude."

Founded in 1984 as Alias Stage, the non-profit Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre creates the finest of live theater, engaging the audience intensely in current and recurrent issues of consequence. The Gamm further serves the public with educational outreach programming designed to support the theatrical experience, and help sustain and enhance the intellectual and cultural life of its community. The Gamm is a member of New England Area Theatre (NEAT), a bargaining unit of the Actors' Equity Association.

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