Young Audiences Arts for Learning held their annual gala on Thursday, November 21st at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. This year’s gala honored Fiona and Stanley Druckenmiller for their long history of generous philanthropy. Over one million dollars was raised that will directly support their mission to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts.
The acclaimed Paul Taylor 2 Dance company delivered a remarkable performance including songs beautifully sung by the Andrews Sisters. Diane Volk was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. She is the chairman of The National Dance Institute and sits on the board of Hunter College and several not-for-profits specializing in arts in education. Kenneth G. Langone, President & CEO of Invemed Associates, introduced honorees, Fiona and Stanley Druckenmiller. Fiona Druckenmiller is a Trustee of the NYU Langone Medical Center. She also founded and now runs F.D., a gallery featuring an exceptional range of rare jewels, fine art, glass and sculpture. Stanley Druckenmiller is Chairman of the Board of Harlem Children’s Zone as well as a Board member of Memorial Sloan Kettering and the Environmental Defense Fund. They have both funded and run the Druckenmiller Foundation, which supports, among other things, medical research, education, and the arts.
Following the dinner was a fun after-party in the Jade & Basildon Rooms which was very well attended as usual. The After Party Co-Chairs are Sophie Elgort, Rebecca Fribourg, James Gellert, Caroline Greenberg and Anne Volk. There was a raffle drawing for two round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines. Off The Hook, a renowned cover band, performed and kept guests on the dance floor.
Young Audiences Arts for Learning is the nation’s largest arts-in-education network. It serves over five million children each year in more than 8,000 schools and community centers across the country. There are 30 affiliate organizations which are united by a common mission to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts. They partner with educators and community leaders to develop educational content which raises academic and artistic achievement to nurture creativity, self-expression and cultural awareness. Their goal is to engage underserved students from urban and rural communities to make sure that all students have access to the arts.