Gift Completes $1,500,000 Campaign of 92nd Street Institution
A gift of $200,000 to the 92nd Street Young Men’s Hebrew Association by Henry Kaufmanns, of Pittsburgh, was announced by Judge Joseph Proskauer, president of the association, at a special meeting of its Board of Directors held yesterday afternoon. This gift, which carries the Y. M. H. A. Building Fund campaign $75,000 beyond its $1,500,000 objective, it is stipulated by the donor, is to be utilized for the construction of an auditorium in the new building of the association, to be erected on 92nd Street, on a plot adjoining the present building.
The auditorium, which will be named the “Theresa L. Kaufmann Auditorium.” and on which the directors of the Y. M. H. A. are authorized by Mr. Kaufmann to spend up to $200,000 will be a memorial to the donor’s wife. It will have a seating capacity of 1200, and Mr. Kaufmann’s contribution will make possible the construction, also, of an adequate stage and scene-lofts for dramatic performances, dressing rooms, a loggia and other pertinent rooms and their adequate furnishing.
The Y.M.H.A. Building Fund Campaign which has been completed through Mr. Kaufmanns gift, was conducted last Spring by a committee headed by Judge Proskauer, for $1,500,000 for the erection of an 11 story fire-proof annex to the present building which was donated to the association by the late Jacob H. Schiff 27 years ago. The plans for the new building provide, in addition to the “Theresa Kaufmann Auditorium” for a hotel of 200 rooms, a swimming pool, a gymnasium, 25 class-rooms and three sound-proof music rooms, a library and reading room, and a number of club rooms for the cultural work of the association.
Among the larger contributors to the campaign were Felix M. Warburg, who gave $100,000; Mortimer L. Schiff. $75,000; Frederick Brown and John D. Rockefeller, Jr., $50,000 each; Mr. and Mrs. Jerome J. Hander, Arthur Lehman and Mrs. Jacob H. Schiff, $30,000 each; the Altman Foundation $25,000; Col. Herbert H. Lehman, $20,000; Lyman G. Bloominpdale, Motty Eitingon. Judge Irving Lehman, Louis S. Levy. Aaron E. Norman, David A. Schulte, Max D. Steuer. S. W. Straus, Solon Summerfield, Charles A. Wimpfheimer, $15,000 each; Julius Goldman, Murray Guggenheim. Nathan Hofheimer Foundation, Adolph S. Ochs, Samuel Sachs. Jacob and Elliott Sperber. $10,000 each: Samuel Untermeyer, Ludwig Vogelstein, $9,000 each.