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.


Behind-the-Scenes Walkthrough of the Harlem Meer Center Site
March 18, 2022

A Virtual Conversation on the Influential Women of Central Park
March 28, 2022

Windows on the Park: Reception at the home of Michel and Caroline Zaleski
April 21, 2022

Celebrate Spring Breakfast and Self-Guided Tour
April 26, 2022

Celebrate Spring Evening Tour and Reception
April 26, 2022

Reception and Book Signing for Before Central Park by Sara Cedar Miller
May 10, 2022

Shakespeare in the Park with Pre-Performance Reception
July 12, 2022 and September 8, 2022

Taste of Summer
June 8, 2022
Ticketed event

Starlight Dinners
June 2022
Ticketed event

New York Philharmonic with Pre-Performance Reception
June 15, 2022

Conservatory Garden Party
June 28, 2022

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