Joy Vida Jones '71

Why I Give

PROFESSION Attorney

MOST INFLUENTIAL FACULTY MEMBER Gerda Lerner (history)

FIRST GIFT TO SLC $100 in 1979 for The Fund for Sarah Lawrence as part of the College’s 40th anniversary campaign

MOST RECENT GIFT $2,500 for The Fund for Sarah Lawrence and $22,000 to establish The Clayton Riley Theatre Ticket Fund

ALSO SUPPORTS Alzheimer’s Association, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the 21st Century Foundation, which is dedicated to increasing black philanthropic giving

MOST RECENT BOOK READ The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and Must You Go?: My Life with Harold Pinter by Antonia Fraser

STATEMENT “When my husband, Clayton Riley, died in 2008, I wanted to honor his life in a way that would have been meaningful to him. He’d taught theatre at Sarah Lawrence in the 1970s and ’80s and loved the College. With great affection, Clayton always referred to Sarah Lawrence as “School.” He also loved the theatre. I started thinking that with all the costs students must pay, theatre tickets are a luxury beyond the means of many. So I decided to create a fund so that kids who couldn’t afford to see shows would have the opportunity to go. I loved the thought of students at School saying, ‘I got a Riley!’ That will keep his name alive.

“The gift has added meaning because Clayton and I met at the College when I was one of his students. Our relationship didn’t begin until later, but to have the most meaningful relationship of my life have its origins at Sarah Lawrence is very special to me.”