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

Chairman’s Circle members are invited to all President’s Circle events as well as additional exclusive events throughout the year.

Chairman's Circle Virtual Events

We hope you will also join us for some of our virtual explorations of the Park this spring!

  • Virtual Members Walk: Sneak Peek of Cedar Hill

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 12:30 pm
  • Virtual Drawing Class with Jessica Daryl Winer

    Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 11:00 am
  • Virtual Spring Tree Walk

    Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 3:00 pm
  • The Belvedere: Beautiful View Virtual Tour

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 3:00 pm
  • Virtual Members Walk: Sneak Peek of the Tennis Courts

    Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 12:30 pm
  • Virtual Drawing Class with Jessica Daryl Winer

    Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 11:00 am

To learn more about the Chairman's Circle, please contact Mary Van de Graaf at 212.310.6608 or [email protected].