When the Montclair Institute for Lifelong Learning launched in March 2015, Rita Bettenbender’s Film Class was among its first offerings. Rita passed away in January 2020 and to honor her legacy, the MILL has created the Rita Bettenbender Memorial Fund. Donations to the fund will support future film classes in Rita’s memory, and will be eligible for a match from Partners for Health Foundation.
“Rita helped launch the MILL in a successful direction. Her classes were not only popular, but Rita’s teaching truly embodied the spirit of the MILL with her insights and ability to facilitate and moderate thoughtful discussion,” said Katie York, Director of Senior Services/Lifelong Montclair, Department of Health & Human Services for the Township of Montclair.
According to one of her MILL students, Rita was, “A unique woman with incredible knowledge about her subject. Not only did I look forward to movies I would otherwise never have seen but the interesting and sometimes heated discussions that followed were always informative and entertaining.”
Click here to make a donation to the Rita Bettenbender Memorial Fund.
Checks, payable to Partners for Health, may also be mailed to:
Pam Scott, Executive Director
Partners for Health Foundation
54 Plymouth Street
Montclair, NJ 07042
Click here for Rita Bettenbender’s obituary