Celebrating 50 Years










TDF Gala 2019

MARCH 11, 2019





Save the date for the memorable night celebrating Broadway and benefiting TDF’s commitment to making theatre and dance accessible to all. The evening promises mouthwatering cuisine, glam décor and sizzling hot music.

Tables begin at $10,000 and individual tickets begin at $1,000. Sponsorship options are also available.

Limited reserved seating available. Tables and tickets will be on sale in January. For more information and advance tickets and tables, contact events@tdf.org or 212-912-9770- Ext. *384

The TDF Gala will provide vital support for TDF’s wide range of programs serving theatregoers and theatre-makers.

2019 Gala Honorees


Reginald Van Lee

Reginald Van Lee is a philanthropist, an arts advocate, a retired Executive Vice President of the global management and technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. He was appointed by President Obama to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and was formerly appointed by President Obama to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. He is co-author of the book, ‘Mega communities—How Leaders of Government, Business and Non-Profits Can Tackle Today’s Global Challenges Together’. He was also a former performer with Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Reggie attended MIT, where he received his Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees. After a brief stint working for Exxon, in Houston, he went back to school to complete his MBA from the Harvard. He then joined Booz Allen Hamilton. While working at Booz Allen, Reggie discovered a desire to do everything he could to support the arts and other aspects of communities he loved, and in which he believed. Among other awards recognizing his commitment to service, he received New York University’s C. Walter Nichols Award for outstanding community service, the Abyssinian Development Corporation Renaissance Award for his long-time and faithful commitment to the Harlem community and the Percy E. Sutton Civic Leadership Award from the Apollo Theater Foundation, and was recognized as one of New York’s finest Philanthropists. Mr. Van Lee serves as Chairman of the board of the Washington Performing Arts and of the National CARES Mentoring Movement.  He is a Trustee of the Studio Museum in Harlem and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council. He is Vice Chair of the board of The Washington Ballet. In 2008 Reggie received the Black Engineer of the Year Award, Consulting Magazine named Reggie as one of the top 25 consultants in the world, and he was identified as one of the 2009 Washington Minority Business Leaders by the Washington Business Journal. He is a founding member of the Clinton Global Initiative.

Reggie is committed to helping the parents, teachers, mentors, and advocates who serve our nation’s youth.


Bob Mackie

James Lapine collaborated with Stephen Sondheim as both librettist and director of the Broadway productions of Passion (Tony Award), Into the Woods (Tony Award) and Sunday in the Park with George (Pulitzer Prize).  With William Finn, Off Broadway shows March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, later together on Broadway as Falsettos (Tony Award), and on A New Brain for Lincoln Center Theater, as well as The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Tony Award) on Broadway.  He also wrote and directed the plays Act One, Table Settings; Twelve Dreams (revived by Lincoln Center Theatre); Luck, Pluck & Virtue; The Moment When; and Menken/Schwartz’s musical version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame in Berlin. On Broadway he directed Claudia Shear’s Dirty Blonde, which he co-conceived; the revivals of Annie and The Diary of Anne Frank; David Henry Hwang’s Golden Child; and for the New York Shakespeare Festival, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Winter’s Tale. He directed the films Impromptu, Life with Mikey and Earthly Possession, as well as the TV presentations of “Into the Woods” and “Passion.”

He has been a TDF Open Doors mentor since 2001 working with New York City high school students from Washington Irving High School, Bushwick High School, Murry Bergtraum High School, Louis D. Brandeis High School, High School of Law and Public Service, McKinney High School, Leadership and Public Service High School, and William Cullen Bryant High School.

2019 Founders Award Recipient


Graciela Daniele

Graciela Daniele has directed on Broadway, at Lincoln Center and The Public Theater, and at regional theaters and has earned 10 Tony Award nominations and six Drama Desk nominations. Her Broadway director/choreographic credits include Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s LifeAnnie Get Your GunMarie ChristineOnce on This Island, Chronicle of a Death Foretold and Dangerous Game. She has musical staged/choreographed such shows as Ragtime (Astaire, Ovation [L.A.], NAACP, and Callaway Awards), The Goodbye GirlZorba with Anthony Quinn, The Rink starring Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. She choreographed the New York Shakespeare Festival production of The Pirates of Penzance on Broadway, Los Angeles and London, the motion picture of Pirates, and three Woody Allen films including Mighty Aphrodite, for which she won the 1996 Fosse Award, and Everyone Say I Love You, for which she won the 1997 Fosse Award. Ms. Daniele directed and choreographed A New Brain, which enjoyed an extended run in the summer of 1998 at Lincoln Center Theater. She is a recipient of the 1998 "Mr. Abbot" Award for Outstanding Achievient by a Director/Choreographer. Ms. Daniele directed and choreographed Michael John LaChuisa’s Little Fish (Second Stage) and Bernarda Alba (Lincoln Center Theater) along with the Lincoln Center Theater production of William Finn’s Elegies: A Song Cycle. Most recently, she has choreographed The Visit on Broadway and the world premiere of Sousatzka at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto. Graciela was a TDF Open Doors education program (now called The Wendy Wasserstein Project) mentor for 13 years.


Gala Chairs

Donna Williams, Holly Cohen and Candy Pratts Price

Gala Honorary Committee


Wendy Davies

Patrick Finnegan

Curb Gardner

Isaac Hudis

Sandy Kresch

Hector R. Lozada

Ammar Moiz

Carol Wood Moore

Dale Mott

Isabel Rivera

Ruth Sarfaty

Eileen Silvers

Marcus Sirman

Henry Tisch

Gary Wasserman

Earl D. Weiner

Sandra Wishnick

Lana Woods

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About TDF

TDF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone. TDF envisions a world where the transformative experience of attending live theatre and dance is essential, relevant, accessible, and inspirational. tdf.org. 

The event is being produced by Curb Gardner Creative Group