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2017 Kaufman Music Center Gala

2017 Annual gala

Kaufman Music Center’s Annual Gala took place on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Guastavino's. This year, we were thrilled to celebrate Special Music School's 20th Anniversary and honor world-renowned violinist, and Special Music School Parent, Joshua Bell with the Creative Arts Award. Joshua performed with esteemed pianist Alessio Bax, as well as with some of our very talented students. It was an unforgettable evening. We are still tallying the total amount raised in support of music education, and look forward to updating you with more details (and photos!) soon!


Kaufman Music Center enables music lovers of all ages and backgrounds, from curious fans to renowned performers, to come together to explore their passions. As one of New York City’s leading performing arts institutions, the Center combines innovative educational programs with electrifying performances. Proceeds from this event will benefit Kaufman Music Center’s educational programs, which reach more than 4,000 children and teens annually.

there's still time to GET INVOLVED!

The Live Auction and Paddle Raise portion of this year's event was a smashing success, raising over $150,000 on-site for the Center's Fund for Music Education! 

With the help of several generous donors, we were able to give guests the opportunity to bid on an intimate dinner party hosted by Joshua Bell, a fabulous trip to Paris, a pair of front-and-center orchestra seats to see Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly!, and a pair of prime house seats to Dear Evan Hansen.

Guests also supported our students directly during the paddle raise.The Digital Paddle Raise is still underway, and you can still underwrite student scholarships, sponsor piano tunings, and commission original student compositions! Gifts of all sizes will help the Center invest over $7.5 million in music programs for more than 4,000 kids and teens in the coming year! 

For further information about support, please contact Zoë Dickman, Development Associate, at 212 501 3356 or

For more information on the auction and paddle raise, click the image below!


Gala Co-Sponsor


Corporate Benefactors



Special Music School 20th Anniversary Gala Chairs

Bethany and Robert B. Millard
Christina and Lawrence Wee 

Gala Vice Chairs

The Assurant Foundation
Elaine and Henry Kaufman
Wendy and Bruce Mosler

Gala Dinner Chairs

Phyllis and Sam Feder
Cathy and John O’Rourke 
Patricia and Lawrence Weinbach 


Johanna Roman Barish
Sanford L. Batkin
Dick and Diana Beattie 
Joel and Tracy Beckerman 
Credit Suisse Securities
Rosalind Devon 
Charles Dimston and Elena Asribekova 
Margaret Jan and Alex Chi 
Jennifer and Tim Kingston 
Lydia and John Kontos
David and Devorah Krieger 
Solange Landau 
Dennis Lee and Migene Kim
Veronique and Bob Pittman
Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert
Vinson & Elkins

20th Anniversary Musical Muse Donors

Judy Hart Angelo
Jody and John Arnhold
The Gretchen Beinecke Charitable Trust
Helene Blue 
Nigel and Ashley Drepaul
Jeff Gates and Mike Moran
Joyce Elsa Goodman
Estelle Greco 
Deborah Farrington
Judith and Robert Hall
Ann and Tom Johnson
Mariana and George Kaufman
David Klafter
Ellen Liman/The Liman Foundation
Ann and Michael Loeb
M&T Bank 
Vincent and Anne Mai
Solomon and Sharon Merkin 
The PTA of Special Music School
Ralph Schlosstein and Jane Hartley
William and Bernice Schwartz
Peter and Susan Solomon Family Foundation
Vornado Realty Trust
Alan G. Weiler
Joy and Graham Wyatt

In Harmony Friends

Debra Albert
Arlene and Alan Alda 
Margot Astrachan 
Bernard S. Berkowitz
Nathaniel J. Bickford
Fred Braid
Phyllis Brochstein 
Cynthia Brodsky
Brokaw Family Foundation
Tom and Harriet Burnett Family Foundation
Theodore Cohn
Stuart and Betty Cotton
Richard and Barbara Debs 
Jerome Dumaine and Andre Moreira
Lydia Emil
Evercore Wealth Management, LLC 
Susan Fleischer
Katie and Ed Friedland
Arlene Friedlander
Ellen and Emanuel Genauer
Budd H. Gibbs
Irene Gilbert
Peter and Susan Gottsegen
The Jerome L. Greene Foundation
Nina and Dan Gross
Judith and Jeff Hertzberg
Rochelle and David A. Hirsch
Stephen D. Hoffman
Helen Hovdesven
Sophia Charlotte Hughes
Jane Parsons Klein
Marcia Satin Lavipour
Euching Lin
Fern and Steven M. Loeb
Hannah Low
Francesca Luthi and Matteo Previtali
Bella Masliah
Christina M. Mason
Andrew and Violetta Merin
Joan Michelman
Patricia Morrill
Amanda Offit
Marjorie Penrod and Eric Wallar
Barbara and Lou Perlmutter
Marguerite O. Pitts
Shahriar and Noa Rafimayeri
Dina Recanati
Susan Rose
Donna and Steven Schragis
William and Janet Schwartz
Virginia M. and Edward M. Sermier
Orli Shaham and David Robertson
Irving Sitnick
Gordon Smith
Gil and Janet Spitzer
Stern Tannenbaum & Bell LLP
Gregg Swensen
Nicki and Harold Tanner
Jonathan Torop
Jay and Randi Vodofsky
Mary Wallach
Albert Wojnilower
Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn

Lucy Moses School and Special Music School Parents

Melissa and Sean Attebury
Olivia and Gilles Bransbourg
Ana Paula Gambogi Carvalho and Christian Gloger 
Kristy and Jason Glass
Anna and Mark Gurevich 
Patty and Christopher Heim
Teresa and Andrew Jones
Rina Kofman and Polat Novruzov
Jason Krantz and Annabel Samimy
Yvonne Lau and Derek Tsui
Alexander and Brad Linard
Siona Loughnane and Larry Meyers
Evelyn Luest and Aaron Kernis
Dr. Dova Marder and Stephen Friedgood
Diana Napier and Vaughn Davis
Estela and Jason Ogiste
Lilit and Tigran Navasardian
Jill and Michael Neiberg
Elizabeth and Francisco Nunez
Irina Nuzova and Arjaan Everts
Stephanie and Mark Rambler
Jessica Rothstein and Kurt Lageschulte
Hadas and Gilad Segal
Susanne and Vernon Steward