The evening bestowed The Patron Award on Elaine and Henry Kaufman for “their tremendous dedication to the Kaufman Center’s programming in arts education and performance for the past 20 years and for their numerous other commitments to making the world a better place.” Other award recipients included Louis M. Dubin (Corporate Leadership Award) and famed Broadway writer Betty Comden (Creative Arts Award). The event — a benefit for New York’s Kaufman Center — featured entertainment by two-time Tony Award winner Donna Murphy, pianists/musical directors Rob Fisher and David Evans and Kaufman Center students. The Kaufman Center, a multi-arts institution, comprises the Lucy Moses School, Merkin Concert Hall and the Special Music School.
Sandy Duncan received Tony Award nominations for her performances in Canterbury Tales, The Boy Friend and Peter Pan. Her other Broadway credits include Love Is a Time of Day, My One and Only and Chicago. Also a star of television and film, Duncan was nominated for Emmy Awards for her performances in "Funny Face" and "Roots."
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