GRAMMY® Award Winners Rosanne Cash and Wynton Marsalis Performed

New York, NY (October 22, 2015) – The world’s leading performing arts center, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, recognized and celebrated the longstanding support it has received from Lincoln Center Trustees and husband and wife duo Ann Tenenbaum, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Thomas H. Lee, a founding supporter of Lincoln Center Festival, by honoring them at the Lincoln Center Fall Gala on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at Alice Tully Hall.   $3.5 million was raised. Ms. Tenenbaum and Mr. Lee each received the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Distinguished Service Award—in recognition of their extraordinary accomplishments and unique vision in the creative community of Lincoln Center and its constituents—at a performance by GRAMMY® Award Winners Rosanne Cash and Wynton Marsalis. With lead corporate support from Movado, who donated two elegantly modern watches, and whose Chairman and CEO, Efraim Grinberg, is a Lincoln Center Trustee, the evening began with cocktails and a buffet dinner at 7 p.m., followed by the Award presentation and performance at 8:30 pm. A champagne and dessert reception completed the evening.

Lincoln Center, Fall Gala

Lincoln Center, Fall Gala

Ann Tenenbaum has served on the Board of Directors of the Film Society of Lincoln Center for twenty years and has been Chairman for the last ten years. She also serves on the Lincoln Center Board as the Film Society’s representative. Ann is a Trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and represents the museum on the New York City Design Commission. She has been a member of the board of The Studio Museum in Harlem since 2002.  Ann was a board member of Channel 13/WNET beginning in 2002 and served as Vice-Chair of that board from 2005 through 2014. She also chaired WNET’s Nominating Committee. In addition, she was a Vice-Chair of the Board of the Dia Art Foundation from 1996-2006 and was also a board member of Second Stage Theatre from 2002-2015. Ann has served on the board of Trinity School New York, as well as on the boards of her alma maters, Northfield-Mount Hermon School and Sarah Lawrence College.

Lead Corporate Support of the Fall Gala is provided by Movado

Ann is co-chairman of mtheory, a company that provides marketing and artist development support to the music industry’s top artist managers. mtheory also provides support and financing to select artists who seek to develop their careers without traditional industry partners.

Lincoln Center, Fall Gala

Thomas H. Lee has been a Lincoln Center Trustee for over 20 years. He is a member of the Executive and Investment Committees, as well as the Nominating & Governance Committee where he served as Chair.

He was one of the most generous founders of the Lincoln Center Festival and also helped revive Live From Lincoln Center in 1997 when he convinced Beverly Sills to host the program. A notable supporter of the arts, he has served on the board of Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Whitney Museum of American Art and is currently a Trustee of The Museum of Modern Art. Tom is also a Trustee of NYU Langone Medical Center and the New York City Police Foundation, and has served as a Trustee of many civic and charitable organizations including Brandeis University, Cardozo Law School, the Intrepid Museum Foundation, Rockefeller University and The Museum of Jewish Heritage. A graduate of Harvard College, Tom serves on the Executive Committee of Harvard University’s Committee on University Resources. Tom is President of Lee Equity Partners, LLC, a private equity firm based in New York. Tom is also President of Thomas H. Lee Capital LLC. He was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Thomas H. Lee Partners, LP. Over the past 40 years, Tom has been responsible for investing in excess of $10 billion of capital in more than 100 transactions. Prior to this he was with First National Bank of Boston and began his professional career as a securities analyst in the institutional research department of L.F. Rothschild in New York.

Lincoln Center, Fall Gala

Tom has served as a Director of numerous public and private corporations including Papa Murphy’s International, General Nutrition Companies, Metris Companies, Inc., Playtex Products, Inc., Snapple Beverage Corp., Vail Resorts, Inc., Wyndham International, Inc. and Warner Music Group.

Tom and Ann reside in New York City with their three children Jesse, Nathan and Rosalie. Tom’s sons Zach and Robbie Lee also live in New York.

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MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center, Inc.


Contributions to the Fall Gala support Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ (LCPA) presentations of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually. LCPA offers 15 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Atrium Free Thursdays, Avery Fisher Artist Program, Great PerformersLincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, LC Kids, Midsummer Night Swing, Martin E. Segal Awards, Mostly Mozart Festival, and the White Light Festival, as well as the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. For more information:

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