WHO: Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts presents an Artsmart Lunch & Learn lecture featuring “Alexander W. Dreyfoos: Passion & Purpose,” a biography of his life.
WHAT: A lunch and interview launching the biography of Alexander W. Dreyfoos, a pioneer in arts leadership and philanthropy in Palm Beach County. Dreyfoos, founder of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and driver of the effort to build the Kravis Center, will be interviewed by Lee Wolf and Steven Caras about his life’s work and his soon-to-be-released book, “Alexander W. Dreyfoos: Passion & Purpose.”
Dreyfoos, chairman and CEO of The Dreyfoos Group, a private capital management firm, was a founder and first chairman of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County (formerly the Palm Beach County Council of the Arts). His efforts to bring a world-class performing arts center to Palm Beach County began in the 1970s and were instrumental in the creation of the Kravis Center, where he served as chairman for 15 seasons and remains a lifetime member of the board. Dreyfoos is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. His 1997 donation of $1 million to the Palm Beach County School District to help create the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach is the largest private donation to a public school in Florida.
Lee Wolf, actress, lecturer and community philanthropist, also serves as a member of the Kravis Center Board of Directors. A 14-year dancer with the New York City Ballet, Steven Caras maintains an active schedule as a published author, featured lecturer, photographer, dance critic, guest ballet master and fundraiser. After 19 years of Wolf chairing the series, Caras joined her in 2012 to form this dynamic duo as co-chairs for the Lunch & Learn series for ArtSmart at the Kravis Center.
WHEN: Monday, December 1, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: The Weiner Banquet Center in the Cohen Pavilion of the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL, 33401
TICKETS: $75; includes a catered lunch by Catering By The Breakers At The Kravis Center
WHY: For more than 20 years, the nonprofit Kravis Center for the Performing Arts has helped students of all ages fuel their imaginations and expand their lives through comprehensive arts education programs. Last season, nearly 45,000 children from Palm Beach, Broward, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties attended numerous performances through the Kravis Center S*T*A*R (Students and Teachers Arts Resource) Series. More than 3,000 adults attended ArtSmart continuing education classes and lectures – with topics ranging from Marilyn Monroe to Cuban folklore music.
Centrally located in West Palm Beach, the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is one of the premier performing arts centers in the Southeast with a renowned national and international reputation. Established as a leading force in the social fabric of the community, its many outreach programs are as broad and varied as the community itself. To date, the Center has opened the door to the performing arts for approximately 2 million school children.
FOR MORE INFO: Visit kravis.org/dreyfoos or call 561-832-7469