Happy 25th Anniversary Samara!

Thanks to everyone
who made this sold-out fundraiser a success!

The Samara Fund 25th Anniversary Celebration was sponsored by PCC Pediatric EHR Solutions

Watch Beth Malone's performance at the event

About Our Special Guests

 Photo credit: Elena Seibert
Alison Bechdel's comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For became a countercultural institution among lesbians and discerning non-lesbians all over the planet. In 2006 she published Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. Time magazine named it the Best Book of 2006, describing the recursive investigation into her closeted bisexual father’s suicide “a masterpiece about two people who live in the same house but different worlds, and their mysterious debts to each other.” Fun Home was adapted into a musical by the playwright Lisa Kron and the composer Jeanine Tesori. It opened on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theater on April 19, 2015, and won five Tony Awards, including "Best Musical."             

Beth Malone originated the role of Alison Bechdel in the musical Fun Home from workshops, to the 2013 Off-Broadway production at the Public Theater. She continued the role in the 2015 Broadway production at the Circle in the Square Theatre, which concluded its Broadway engagement on September 10, 2016. Critic Steven Suskin called her performance "the glue that holds the show together." She received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance.

The Samara Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation is the leading source of permanent support dedicated to nurturing the vitality, success, and well-being of Vermont’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and organizations through dynamic and sustained philanthropy.