New York is a city bustling with events, organizations, and philanthropic endeavors.  Yet, few activities excite the arts community the way the Young Patrons of Lincoln Center Annual Fall Gala does.  With sponsors that include the William Hill Estate Winery, Baked by Melissa, New Amsterdam, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC, The Vivant and Manhattan Beer Distributors, this exciting gathering manages to bring together many of Manhattan’s favorite philanthropists in the spirit of promoting, supporting, and sharing in the evolution of the arts.  The goal of the YLPC Gala—a Gala that has been taking place since 2009—was to raise $20,000 to support arts education at Lincoln Center for students, teachers, families and adult audiences both on Lincoln Center’s campus and in classrooms across New York City.  The YPLC takes garnering this support seriously.  This year alone, the YLPC has raised over $100,000 to support Lincoln Center’s arts education initiatives as well as its public programming in and around Manhattan. YPLC also developed a partnership with the West Side YMCA’s Teen Career Connection Program, raising over $3,000 to fully sponsor a summer teen internship at Lincoln Center.

This year’s Gala took place at the Bowery Hotel and included a generous open bar, great music, and auction items including, but certainly not limited to, New York Giants tickets; American Songbook tickets; a fantastic getaway weekend at Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa; Sleep No More tickets; as well as tickets to Macbeth along with an after-party with the cast.  The event maintained its fun, chic, yet welcoming vibe and reminded all who attended why this remains one of the best avenues for meeting dynamic philanthropists with a passion for education and supporting a variety of art forms from pop to rock, opera to jazz, even public art, along with Lincoln Center’s curated “101” series.

Moving forward, the YPLC hopes to continue raising the bar for young patrons in New York, serving as social, active and philanthropic ambassadors for Lincoln Center and the performing arts generally.  Individuals interested in joining the YPLC can start by attending Lincoln Center’s “101” events, which are designed to demystify various aspects of the performing arts.

01 | Gabriel Kahane (right), YPLC Gala Guest of Honor. Photo credit: Billy Farrell Agency. 02 | Juilliard Jazz Ensemble. Photo credit: Billy Farrell Agency. 03 | Young Patrons of Lincoln Center. Photo credit: Billy Farrell Agency

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