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Lincoln Center tribute to Charles B. Benenson.

Lincoln Center's Real Estate and Construction Council paid a special tribute to Charles B. Benenson at its annual gala on May 13, the most successful event in its 31-year history grossing nearly $1.3M.

Benenson, who passed away this year on February 22, was head of Benenson Capital Company and a founding member of the Council in 1973.

His business career, spanning a remarkable 70 years, and his passion for the arts brought him in close intimate contact with all aspects of New York City life.

He was a driving force in building support for Lincoln Center, and his son Lawrence B. Benenson accepted the evening's tribute award on behalf of the Benenson family.

Benenson was also a friend and collector of the American pop artist, Red Grooms.

Grooms came to prominence with his performance art "Happenings" in the late 50s; paid homage to the Big Apple with his public exhibit Ruckus Manhattan in the 70s; and devoted himself to New York Stories, a series of prints and sculptural tableau through the 90s. Benenson's son, Lawrence, asked Grooms to create a work for the Gala honoring his father, and the resulting image--which shows Benenson himself in front of Lincoln Center's famous fountain--graced the cover of the Gala Journal as a special gift from the artist.

"As Co-Chair of the Real Estate and Construction Council with John Avlon and on behalf of its 63 members, I am delighted by this extraordinary outpouring of support for Lincoln Center in honor of Charlie Benenson and even more delighted that Lawrence has agreed to succeed his father as our third Co-Chair, thus continuing the 50 year connection of his family with the world's greatest center for the performing arts.

"The real estate and construction industries recognize the tremendous importance of Lincoln Center to our city and we are proud that our Galas have contributed over $10 million dollars to Lincoln Center and its 11 constituents" said Peter Malkin, Co-Chairman of Lincoln Center's Real Estate and Construction Council.

This year's Gala was attended by nearly 700 guests who, after cocktails and dinner, went on to enjoy their choice of performance ranging from jazz to ballet.
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Title Annotation:Profile in Construction & Design
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Article Type:Obituary
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 9, 2004
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