The Entertainment Community Fund has recognized the legacy of James M. Nederlander—who passed away in July 2016 at the age of 94—and his support of the Fund by naming the board room of its New York City office in his honor.
The Fund dedicated The James M. Nederlander Board Room February 22 at its first board meeting of the year.
James L. Nederlander, son of the late patriarch of the Nederlander theatre-owning dynasty, says, “We celebrated my father’s 80th birthday at the Fund’s 2002 Gala, when he was awarded their Medal of Honor in recognition of his many enrichments to the entertainment community. Margo and I are proud to continue his support of both the Fund and to helping everyone in the world of entertainment.”
“James M. Nederlander demonstrated his commitment to serving our performing arts community time and time again. And every time the Fund’s Board meets in The Board Room, we will be reminded of his generosity,” adds Fund President and CEO Joe Benincasa.
Fund Board Chair Brian Stokes Mitchell continues, “The Nederlander Family generosity continues from fellow Trustee James L. Nederlander, who has donated the use of the Minskoff Theatre for the upcoming Ragtime 25th Anniversary Concert—a sold-out event that supports all of our many programs and services for the entertainment industry.”
James M. Nederlander transformed what was a regional theatre business based in Detroit into a New York powerhouse when, in the 1960s, he set his sights on New York City and began buying Broadway theatres. The Nederlander Organization now owns nine Broadway houses. Read the complete Playbill obituary for Mr. Nederlander here.
The Entertainment Community Fund, formerly The Actors Fund, is a national human services organization that addresses the needs of those working in performing arts and entertainment with services focused on health and wellness, career and life, and housing.