Every year Town Hall is privileged to honor our Friends of the Arts - those individuals or organizations whose contributions to the arts enrich our city's cultural life. We began this tradition in 1981 and our honorees includelegends such as Beverly Sills, Wendy Wasserstein, Paul LeClerc, Elaine Stritch,  Kitty Carlisle Hart, Julie Wilson, Jacques d’Amboise, Dizzy Gillespie and many more whose talent and philanthropy continue to make New York a rich and artistically diverse city.

On Sunday October 23, at the Princeton Club, Town Hall will host its 95th Annual Gala, and will honor 'A Prairie Home Companion' and Jennifer J. Raab when we welcome them as this year’s Friends of the Arts. The festivities for the evening will begin with a concert featuring vocalist Catherine Russell followed by cocktails, dinner, and the awards presentation. Admission to the event is open to our Town Hall Sustaining Members, contributors and guests.

We hope you will join us in honoring these outstanding awardees by becoming a Sustaining Member of Town Hall. If you haven’t already secured your membership, you can join here and learn more about the benefits of becoming a Town Hall member. For more information and to attend The Town Hall Annual Gala, please contact Helen Morris, Director of Administration.

Please click HERE for the order form to attend. Mail to:  123 West 43rd St, New York, NY 10036

The  95th Annual Town Hall Gala Benefit

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Featuring a performance by CATHERINE RUSSELL

Catherine Russell is a contemporary jazz and blues artist.  She has performed as a backing singer and multi-instrumentalist with artists including Steely Dan, Levon Helm, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, Carrie Smith, and Rosanne Cash. Her voice is full blown feminity incarnate; a dusky, stalwart and soulful instrument that radiates interpretive power yet remains touchingly vulnerable.

The hall will be honoring

A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION (featuring garrison keillor)

If you showed up on July 6, 1974, at the Janet Wallace Auditorium at Macalester College in Saint Paul and plunked down your $1 admission (50 cents for kids) to attend the very first broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, you were in select company. There were about 12 people in the audience. A Prairie Home Companion is now heard by 4 million listeners each week on nearly 700 public radio stations, online, and on the American Forces Networks, SiriusXM Radio, Radio New Zealand, and KPRG in Guam. 

jennifer j. raab

Jennifer J. Raab, President of Hunter College, is a lifelong New Yorker whose career has included high-profile positions in government, public service, civic affairs and the law. Since taking the helm as Hunter College's 13th president in June 2001, she has built upon the College's strong foundation, refined its mission, overseen its academic programs and spearheaded its growth and development as one of the world's leading urban centers of higher education.