According to Kravis Center CEO Judith Mitchell, the campaign surpassed its $31 million goal thanks to recent gifts made in honor of the retirement of Alexander W. Dreyfoos, who has been chairman of the Center's board for 25 years.
Dreyfoos, who recently turned 75, announced last fall that he will officially retire as chairman on June 30, the end of the Kravis Center's fiscal year. The board will elect a successor on April 25.
Dreyfoos spearheaded efforts to build the center in 1982; it opened — fully funded — in 1992 and has since undergone several expansions, including the Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse, the Michael and Andrew Gosman Amphitheatre, and the Eunice and Julian Cohen Pavilion. The center's 2,200-seat concert hall is named after Dreyfoos.
The nearby Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. School of the Arts was also named in his honor in 1997 after he donated $1 million, the largest private contribution ever made to a public school in Florida.