An Evening Honoring Leonard A. Lauder

Monday, November 18, 2019 6:00pm

Alice Tully Hall

The Lincoln Center Corporate Fund is delighted to recognize Leonard A. Lauder for his lifetime of public and philanthropic service. We look forward to paying tribute to him on one of New York City's greatest stages and hope you will join us.

Gala Co-Chairs
Glenda Bailey and Stephen Sumner
Christina and Robert C. Baker 
Anne and Joel S. Ehrenkranz 
Katherine Farley and Jerry I. Speyer
Bill Ford and Marigay McKee 
Kenneth C. Griffin

Tommy and Dee Hilfiger
Gary M. Lauder and Laura H. Lauder 
Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder
William P. Lauder and Lori Kanter Tritsch
Tina and Steven R. Swartz


The Lincoln Center Corporate Fund’s annual Fashion Gala is a star-studded evening celebrating legendary figures in beauty, fashion and the arts.  All proceeds from the Fashion Gala benefit the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund, the sole entity on the Lincoln Center campus that raises unrestricted funds that are dispersed to ten performing arts organizations across the campus.   For additional information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jane Kolb at [email protected] or 212.875.5384.

About the Honoree

Leonard A. Lauder is Chairman Emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and is currently the senior member of its Board of Directors. Founded in 1946, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of prestige skin care, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products, with annual sales of over $13 billion. It has more than 25 brands, and its products are sold in over 150 countries and territories.


Mr. Lauder currently serves as the Chairman Emeritus of the Whitney Museum of American Art, where he was a trustee from 1977 to 2011. He has been one of the museum’s most significant benefactors, giving a milestone gift of $131 million in 2008 to the museum’s endowment. In addition, he helped the Whitney acquire 948 works of art, 760 of which he gifted personally; another 188 pieces were brought in with the assistance of acquisition committees and other generous collectors.


In 2013, Mr. Lauder pledged his collection of 78 Cubist paintings, drawings, and sculptures to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and has since added five major works to that promised gift. In concert with the donation of his Cubist collection, he helped establish the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art, the first such center dedicated exclusively to modern art within an encyclopedic museum. The Center supports a robust program of fellowships, focused exhibitions, and public lectures.


Mr. Lauder is the Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation and the Honorary Chairman of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and is a major supporter of the University of Pennsylvania, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.


Among Mr. Lauder’s honors are the Légion d’Honneur, the “Lone Sailor” Award given by the United States Navy Supply Corps Foundation, and the Palazzo Strozzi Renaissance Man of the Year Award. In 1983–1987, he served on the Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations to President Reagan.


The Lauder Family received the esteemed 2011 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in recognition of its long-standing commitment to philanthropy and public service. And in 2014, Mr. Lauder was named a Living Landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy.


Mr. Lauder was married to Evelyn H. Lauder (Founder, Breast Cancer Research Foundation) from 1959 until she passed away in 2011. They had two sons together, William (Executive Chairman, The Estée Lauder Companies) and Gary (Managing Partner, Lauder Partners LLC), and five grandchildren.


On January 1, 2015, Mr. Lauder married Judy Glickman Lauder, a philanthropist and internationally recognized photographer whose work is represented in more than 300 public and private collections, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Whitney, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the United States Holocaust Museum.


Mr. Lauder and Ms. Glickman Lauder received the Gordon Parks Patron of the Arts Award in 2016.

Event Details

6:00pm  Cocktail Reception
7:00pm  Program
8:00pm  Black-Tie Dinner


Venue and Accessibility

Alice Tully Hall

1941 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

For more information about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact [email protected] or 212.875.5375.