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., 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 exclusive annual holiday party at the home of the Conservancy Chairman

  • 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.

  • 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


Spring Events

Annual Skating Party
January 30, 2023

Celebrate Spring Tours
April 2023

Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon
May 3, 2023
Ticketed benefit event

Behind the Scenes: Central Park in Construction
Spring 2023

Starlight Dinner for Chairman's Circle Members
Spring 2023

Taste of Summer
June 7, 2023
Ticketed benefit event

New York Philharmonic with Pre-Performance Reception
June 14, 2023

Conservatory Garden Party

June 27, 2023

Shakespeare in the Park with Pre-Performance Receptions
Summer 2023

Virtual Events

We hope you will join us for some of our virtual events this spring! Invitations will be sent via email.

State of the Park Presentation with Betsy Smith, Conservancy CEO & President

January 10, 2023

Introduction to the Central Park Climate Lab

March 2, 2023

Virtual Member Programs led by Conservancy Guides


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