Contact:  Pam Banks

Cell:  914-584-7861





Tuesday, October, 11, Ridgefield, CT –The Ridgefield Education Foundation (REF) is pleased to partner again with Raffaele Gallo and GALLO Restaurant on one of its well-known “Guest Bartender” events. REF will have guest bartenders’ on-hand at 5 Grove Street, on Thursday, October 27 from 6:00-9:00 pm. This event will support REF and its mission to bring creative, innovative and collaborative projects to Ridgefield’s learners for all ages. The community is invited to attend!


“REF is excited to partner with Raffaele Gallo and thank him for his community support.  We are pleased to announce that Karen Baldwin, Superintendent of Schools has offered to participate and serve as one of our guest bartenders along with Seth Thomson, an REF Board Member“ says Pam Banks, President of REF.  “Last years evening was a fun evening to mingle with friends, old and new, and we are looking forward to a repeat evening.”


All tips from the bar will go to the Ridgefield Education Foundation during the 3 hour timeframe, as well as 10% of the wine, beer and spirits tab from the bar. For REF guests that wish to dine at table on the restaurant side, 10% of their entire check will be donated to REF – please mention REF to your server. In addition, two pairs of tickets to the upcoming Harlem Wizards Game at Ridgefield High School, Friday, November 18 will be raffled off, along with other items donated by local merchants.


Established in 2011, the Ridgefield Education Foundation looks to support initiatives that focus on 21st century learning with creativity, innovation and collaboration.  By serving as a catalyst for innovative programs, leveraging the use of technology and enhancing the resources available to educators, REF hopes to help move education forward.  Past projects included an Elementary level eBook Collection, STEM based Physics Lab Stations and iPads for Science Lab Tables as well as sponsoring a multi-district teacher symposium, Googleposium.  The next grant cycle is set to take place in November, and proceeds from the evening will support it.


The Ridgefield Education Foundation is a 501c3 not for profit organization.  Donations are considered tax deductible.  The foundation always welcomes new team members!  Visit to learn more.



REF Takes Over Gallo – Oct 27th