Glenda and Russell Gordy, and Sue and Lester Smith

Leaving a Legacy

The prolific generosity of philanthropists Lester and Sue Smith was felt at the Stages Repertory Theatre gala. In one of his last great acts of giving, Lester, who passed away at press time, presented a surprise gift of $2.5 million to complete funding for Stages’ sprawling new campus, named after their friends Glenda and Russell Gordy and slated to open in January 2020. The “Night Garden” gala was the most-attended and highest-grossing in the theater’s history.

  • Glenda and Russell Gordy, and Sue and Lester Smith
    Glenda and Russell Gordy, and Sue and Lester Smith
  • Becca Cason Thrash
    Becca Cason Thrash
  • Mauri Oliver and Ceron
    Mauri Oliver and Ceron
  • Leisa Holland-Nelson and Sandra Porter
    Leisa Holland-Nelson and Sandra Porter
  • WEB3
    WEB3
  • Marlene Marker
    Marlene Marker
  • Neal and Susan Hirsch
    Neal and Susan Hirsch