Philanthropist gives L.A. $20M for dance

LOS ANGELES At a ceremony to announce the gift, Kaufman said she was inspired by a desire to preserve the country's institutions during difficult economic times.

"President /*Obama*/ has called upon us to do our part to help each other to sustain our institutions, The Glorya Kaufman Dance Foundation accepts this challenge," said Kaufman.

Her gift is the largest donation ever made to dance in Los Angeles. It will establish an endowment that allows the development of a multi-year plan to invite internationally renowned dance companies to perform at the Music Center.

In accepting the donation, Music Center President Stephen Roundtree said the organization went roughly 40 years without a dance program, until the first season in 2004.

Kaufman has donated $18 million to /*UCLA*/ for the renovation of its historic dance building. She has also given another $6 million to the New York-based /*Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre*/.

Other gifts have included $3.5 million dollars to the /*Juilliard School*/ in New York to fund the Glorya Kaufman Dance Studio.

Kaufman is the widow of Donald Bruce Kaufman, co-founder of the home construction and financing firm Kaufman & Broad, now known as /*KB Homes*/.


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