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May 11, 2015

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Raises $10.4 Million at Largest Fundraiser in its History, CompletesBravo Capital Campaign

Lincoln Center

May 11, 2015

Contact: Kate Merlino, 212-875-5101

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Hearst Corporation Honored at Gala

David M. Rubenstein Announces Additional $5 Million Gift to Lincoln Center


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) raised a record $10.4 million last night at its Spring Gala honoring Hearst Corporation, as announced by Katherine Farley, chair of Lincoln Center. The event, attended by more than 500 people, lauded Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz, and Executive Vice-chairman and former CEO, Frank A. Bennack, Jr. for the enormous and varied contributions to Lincoln Center made by them as well as by their company. Both men serve on Lincoln Center’s Board of Directors; Mr. Bennack was chairman of Lincoln Center from 2005 through 2010, and Mr. Swartz is currently chairman of Lincoln Center’s Corporate Fund.


“Frank Bennack and Steve Swartz are men of vision and philanthropy,” said Katherine Farley. “They give their wisdom, support, and guidance to Lincoln Center, time and again, and we are honored to call them friends.”


Ms. Farley also noted the completion of the Bravo Campaign, which raised the funds for the $1.2 billion transformation of the campus. It was the largest fundraising campaign of any performing arts center in history.


In a surprise announcement, LCPA Trustee and past Vice-chair of the board David M. Rubenstein stated that he would donate an additional $5 million to Lincoln Center, following his earlier $15 million gift. The new gift will help support the activities at Lincoln Center’s popular visitor and neighborhood facility that bears his name, the David Rubenstein Atrium. Since its opening in 2010, the Atrium has welcomed more than 1.5 million visitors who enjoy the Atrium’s free programming, café, free WiFi, low-cost tickets, and many other amenities.


Jed Bernstein, President of Lincoln Center, noted, “David Rubenstein’s generous contribution helps us to fulfill our philosophy that ‘Great art is for all!’  The programs at the Rubenstein Atrium include monthly performances for families, tours, low-cost tickets, and terrific free weekly programming.  This enables us to realize our vision for Lincoln Center and the community at large. Thank you, David.”


Mr. Rubenstein is a philanthropist and Chairman of the Carlyle Group, the private equities firm he founded in 1987, who has had a long relationship with Lincoln Center.  He joined its Board of Trustees in 2004 and has served as Founding Chair of the Bravo Campaign, the largest and most comprehensive redevelopment campaign of any performing arts center in the world.


The evening began with a reception outdoors on Hearst Plaza and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn, followed by a performance by singer-songwriter and nine-time Grammy® winner Natalie Cole in Alice Tully Hall.  Following the concert, the guests were led to Damrosch Park where dinner was served.  The décor for the event was by Remco van Vliet (van Vliet & Trap Event Design) and the catering was by Restaurant Associates.


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MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center


Movado is a Supporter of Lincoln Center


United Airlines is a Supporter of Lincoln Center


WABC-TV is a Supporter of Lincoln Center


William Hill Estate Winery is a Supporter of Lincoln Center


The David Rubenstein Atrium, which opened in 2010, is a vibrant public visitors’ and discount ticketing facility on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets is open daily with an array of services for local residents, the general public, and the thousands of people who visit Lincoln Center and the surrounding community every day.  Amenities include a ‘wichcraft café, a staffed information desk, free Wi-Fi, a 42-foot film screen and media wall, and free performances from national and international artists as well as local performers from the metropolitan area and Lincoln Center’s own resident organizations. Series include Meet the Artist Saturdays, AtriumFlix, Poet-Linc, and many others.


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 15 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants, Free Thursdays at the David Rubenstein Atrium, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Martin E. Segal Awards, Meet the Artist, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, and the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS.  As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations. In addition, LCPA led a $1.2 billion campus renovation, completed in October 2012.




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