Big anniversary gift for Flushing Town Hall from an anonymous donor comes with a dare

Photo courtesy of Flushing Town Hall


Flushing Town Hall received a very generous gift anonymously to mark 40 years of cultural programming — but the present came with a sizable challenge.

An anonymous donor provided $40,000 to Flushing Town Hall, but said there would be another $40,000 coming next year if the nonprofit cultural institution raises $40,000 on its own over the next six months.

The donation comes during the 40th anniversary season of the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, which operates the historic Flushing Town Hall. The challenge only applies to new and increased contributions. Pre-existing financial commitments will not be included in the challenge.

Any new money donated by individuals, foundations and businesses from now through Feb. 28, 2019 will be counted toward the $40,000 goal.

The mystery donor is described only as a patron of the arts. The donation and challenge were conveyed through a member of Flushing Town Hall’s Board of Trustees.

“I hope this challenge motivates others to see what I do: an institution that presents with a passion and a purpose, that opens its doors to everyone, that celebrates diversity, and creates community,” the anonymous donor said in a statement issued through the board.

The donations will help Flushing Town Hall continue to offer free and affordable programming that provides diverse arts to a global community and brings in various artists from across the globe.

Ellen Kodadek, Flushing Town Hall’s executive and artistic director, voiced her excitement for the challenge and appreciation of the donation.

“We’re confident that many of those people – from Queens and beyond – who have enjoyed Flushing Town Hall will step up and show their support. Every dollar not only counts – but will be doubled,” Kodadek said.

You can visit flushingtownhall.org/donate to make a contribution.

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