Young Audiences Celebrates its 2013 Gala Honoring Fiona and Stanley Druckenmiller

Young Audiences Arts for Learning celebrates its Annual Gala on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at the Waldorf Astoria. Young Audiences will honor Fiona and Stanley Druckenmiller for their commitment to philanthropy and the acclaimed Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company will perform. The Gala is chaired by Young Audiences Board Members Mrs. Michel P. Fribourg, Lady Maughan, and Mrs. John L. Weinberg, with Paul J. Fribourg, Chairman and CEO of Continental Grain Company, serving as Business Committee Chairman, and Diane Volk as Master of Ceremonies.

The Gala will commence at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by a seated dinner in the Waldorf Astoria's Grand Ballroom at 7:30p.m. We are expecting more than Gala 500 guests who are educators, artists, government officials, and philanthropists. Previous gala attendees have included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Corinne and Maurice R. Greenberg, Elaine and Ken Langone, Paul Guenther, Zarin Mehta, and Jill and Peter Kraus. The After Party immediately following the Gala will include live music and dancing in the Waldorf's Jade and Basildon Rooms. The After Party Co-Chairs are Sophie Elgort, Rebecca Fribourg, James Gellert, Caroline Greenberg, and Anne Volk.

Fiona and Stanley Druckenmiller, founders of the Druckenmiller Foundation, are generous supports of education and the arts. Fiona Druckenmiller, a Chartered Financial Analyst who now runs the Manhattan gallery F.D., is a trustee of the NYU Langone Medical Center, a Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Museum of Natural History, and a member of the Board of the Bloomberg Family Foundation. Stanley Druckenmiller, founder of Duquesne Capital Management and former Managing Director at Soros Fund Management, is Chairman of the Board of the Harlem Children Zone, a Board member of Memorial Sloan Kettering and the Environmental Defense Fund, and serves on the investment committee of Bowdoin College.

Paul Taylor established Taylor 2 in 1993 to ensure that his works could be seen by audiences all over the world, unhindered by economic or technical limitations. Mr. Taylor worked with longtime colleague Linda Hodes to create a company that could accommodate performance requests as well as teach and provide community outreach. Taylor 2 tours extensively throughout the world and tours have taken the company to Africa (1994) and India (1997), where they celebrated India's 50 years of independence by touring in tandem with the Paul Taylor Dance Company.

About Young Audiences Arts for Learning

For more than 60 years, Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) has inspired young people and sought to expand their learning through the arts. Founded in 1952, YA works to support affiliated organizations that are each dedicated to playing a decisive role in young people's development. Last year, the YA network of 30 affiliates reached 5 million children in over 6,000 schools and community centers with 85,000 performance demonstrations, workshops, and teacher services. This year, Young Audiences of Louisiana opened the very first Young Audiences Charter School, and we continued our work around the network in the media and digital arts through programs like Immersive Game Design in Wichita, Cleveland, and Indiana. These programs teach students to design and produce their own fully-functional digital games and inspire them to harness the power of technology for learning and creating.

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