Chairman’s Circle

Chairman's Circle members help ensure that visitors of all ages and walks of life will forever enjoy the Park as we know it today — an urban oasis for relaxation, recreation, and learning in the heart of New York City.

This dedicated group of supporters are the life-blood of Central Park, providing a significant portion of the Conservancy's annual funding through unrestricted gifts of $25,000, $50,000, and more.

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Message from Thomas L. Kempner, Jr., Chairman

  • The Chairman’s Circle is the philanthropic leadership of the Central Park Conservancy. Members of this extraordinary partnership understand what the Park means to our 42 million annual visitors and to the economic vigor of New York City. I am most grateful to this committed group of Park benefactors whose generosity ensures the current and future well-being of this American treasure.

Chairman's Circle Member Benefits

  • Private Central Park driving tour

  • Invitation to an annual celebration hosted by Conservancy Chairman, Thomas L. Kempner, Jr.

  • Invitation to Chairman's Circle "salons" held in private residences and other unique venues around Central Park's perimeter

  • Invitation to Shakespeare in the Park and pre-performance cocktail receptions

  • VIP seating and invitation to a pre-performance cocktail reception at the New York Philharmonic’s Concert in the Park

  • Invitations to signature annual gatherings such as the Conservatory Garden Cocktail Party and the Skating Party at Wollman Rink, and behind-the-scenes events featuring Park experts and special guest lecturers

  • Access to the Patron’s Desk, a concierge service designed to help you enjoy the best of Central Park. Staff will assist you with premium tickets or VIP seating for performances and special events taking place in the Park. They will also arrange opportunities to meet with staff experts in landscape architecture, gardening, horticulture, and the history of Central Park.

Chairman's Circle Member Events

*Please note that events with an asterisk are unfortunately canceled or postponed due to COVID-19. All remaining fall events are also subject to change. All invitations will be sent under separate cover.

  • Morning Walk in the Ramble*

    Annual tour through the Ramble with the Conservancy's President
  • Autumn Amble Tours

    Fall 2020
  • Marathon Breakfast*

    Annual breakfast and VIP viewing area for the TCS New York City Marathon
  • Chairman’s Holiday Celebration at the Home of Tom & Kitty Kempner

    December 2020
  • Windows on the Park: Presentation and Reception at the Home of Gary Davis*

    Postponed until spring 2021
  • Central Park Conservancy 40th Anniversary Celebration*

    Postponed until September 22, 2021

Chairman's Circle Virtual Events

While we cannot be together for many of our in-person events this fall, we hope you will join us for some of our virtual events! Invitations will be sent via email. Please visit or call 212.310.6657 for more information.

  • Digital Lectures

    Monthly via Zoom. From conversations with our expert arborists and Central Park historian to discussions about urban park management and the future of the Park, these digital lectures will each feature a different branch of the Conservancy and provide a closer look into the Park.
  • Virtual Members Walks

    Monthly via Zoom. Led by expert Central Park Conservancy Guides, these exclusive Members-only Walks will explore Central Park's most iconic landmarks, lush landscapes and intriguing history.
  • Virtual Drawing Class

    Fall 2020 via Zoom. Attendees will learn how to capture the beauty of the Park on paper in this virtual drawing class led by Centennial Trees of Central Park artist, Jessica Daryl Winer. No drawing experience required.

To learn more about the Chairman's Circle, please contact Nora Sullivan at 212-310-6657 or email [email protected].