Director's Council of the Museum of the City of New York

The Museum’s Director’s Council is a group of individuals who have established an on-going commitment to the Museum and its mission. Each fall, they host the New York After Dark cocktail party as well as the black-tie Winter Ball gala dinner to raise funds and awareness for the Museum.
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Frederick A. O. Schwarz Children’s Center Benefit

The Museum of the City of New York will host Hotsy Totsy on Fifth, A Speakeasy to benefit the Frederick A. O. Schwarz Children’s Center. We'll enjoy an evening of cocktails, music and dancing in the Museum’s Fifth Avenue building during this first event of its kind. Co-chairs are Kenneth E. Lee and Susan Jang, Kamie Lightburn, Kathy Prounis and Ann Spence.

Spring Symposium

Each year, the City Museum hosts the Spring Symposium & Luncheon, featuring a talk by a leading figure from the worlds of architecture, interior design, or fashion design, followed by a seated luncheon on the Museum’s Fifth Avenue Terrace overlooking Central Park. Past speakers have included Gloria Vanderbilt, Jamie Drake, Peter Pennoyer, Miles Redd, William T. Georgis and Alexa Hampton.

Chairman's Leadership Award

Each year, the City Museum presents its annual Chairman’s Leadership Award at a gala dinner to a distinguished company and its leader, in recognition of their contributions to the life and well-being of New York City. In 2014, the Museum proudly presents the award to Wyndham Worldwide and to Stephen P. Holmes, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Children's Holiday Party

The City Museum’s Children’s Holiday Party has been a beloved New York City holiday tradition for over 40 years. Designed for boys and girls ages 3 to 8 and organized by a volunteer committee of parents, it takes place in the Museum’s landmark building and includes a host of kid-friendly activities and performances, and of course, a visit with Santa. Co-chairs of the 2014 Children’s Holiday Party are Laurie Beard, Lise Evans, Emily Garbaccio, Stephanie Hessler, Paige Boller Malik and Jennifer Napier Nolen.

Learn about the 2014 Children's Holiday Party here.


Each fall, the City Museum presents Cabaret!, a gala evening featuring a performance by a leading figure in musical theater and a seated dinner. This year, Chita Rivera, the Broadway goddess, will perform a musical revue at Cabaret! The evening celebrates the Museum’s Theater Collection, the definitive archive of the Broadway stage. Past performers and honorees have included such luminaries as Stephen Sondheim, Joel Grey, Christine Ebersole, Harvey Fierstein, and Tommy Tune.

Learn about the 2014 Cabaret! gala here.

Fall 2014 Events for the Alexander Hamilton Circle

Join us for exclusive receptions and private tours of exhibitions and art collections at the City Museum and beyond.
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2015 Events for the Young Members Circle

Enjoy walking tours of New York City neighborhoods, curator-led exhibition tours, and behind-the-scenes experiences at the City Museum created especially for our Young Members Circle.
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For more information on these or other special events at the City Museum, please contact Stephen Diefenderfer at 917.492.3326 or