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.

See Chairman's Circle Members

Message from Thomas L. Kempner, Jr., Chair

  • 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 tour with Conservancy President & CEO, Elizabeth W. Smith

  • Invitation to an exclusive annual holiday party at the home of the Conservancy Chair

  • Invitation to a private dinner in Central Park, for members at the $50,000 level and above

  • VIP reserved seating at Shakespeare in the Park and pre-performance cocktails and picnic dinners*

  • Invitations to signature gatherings such as: Conservatory Garden Cocktail Party, New York Philharmonic reception and reserved seating, Skating Party at Wollman Rink, Private behind-the-scenes events featuring Park experts and special guest lecturers

  • Advanced access to tickets for The Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon, the Women’s Committee’s signature annual event

  • Complimentary tickets for official Central Park tours and programming

*Currently on hold during the renovation of The Delacorte Theater


Upcoming Events

Welcome Spring Tours
April 16, 2024 (morning and afternoon)

Welcome Spring Tour and Reception
April 17, 2024

Chairman’s Circle Starlight Dinner*
May 16, 2024

Taste of Summer
June 5, 2024
Ticketed benefit event

New York Philharmonic with Pre-Performance Reception
June 12, 2024

Conservatory Garden Party
June 18, 2024

Central Park in Construction: Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the New Harlem Meer Center
June 25, 2024

Virtual Events

We hope you will join us for these virtual events! Invitations will be sent via email.

Secrets of Central Park: Virtual Tours led by Conservancy Guides
Weekly (via Zoom)

*For members at $50,000 level and above

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