Broward Performing Arts Foundation Expands Leiser Room as a New Season Begins at the Broward Center

The Broward Performing Arts Foundation opens the doors of its newly expanded benefactors’ lounge, the Josephine S. Leiser Room, as the 2018-2019 season at the Broward Center begins. The expansion nearly doubles the size of the room, which serves as a private club for the Center’s most generous donors, members of the Patrons’ Circle and Founders’ Club who have made minimum cumulative gifts of $50,000 to the Broward Center.

The amenities offered by the Leiser Room are without parallel for enhancing a theater experience. They include complimentary top-drawer bar service, an elegant buffet, private restrooms and personal and attentive service for members attending evening performances in the Au-Rene Theater. The lounge opens one hour prior to performances and is open during intermission. The room was named in recognition of philanthropist and donor Josephine S. Leiser in 1990.

“As we kick off our most exciting year yet at the Broward Center, it is especially rewarding to know that the increased support from our community has led to the need for the Leiser Room expansion,” said Lisa Kitei, president of the Broward Performing Arts Foundation. “Our Patrons’ Circle membership has grown by nearly 30% percent. We never lose sight of the fact that the support of these members helps the Broward Center fulfill its mission to provide quality programming and educational opportunities,” she added. ‘The Leiser Room is just one of the ways we can say ‘thank you’ to all our generous benefactors.”

With funds contributed by members of the Patrons’ Circle and Founders’ Club, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts continues to expand world-class programming and outstanding entertainment for all ages, enhance one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the country, and continue to develop local talent and arts organizations that reflect the mosaic of cultures represented in the South Florida community.

For information on how to become a member of the Patrons’ Circle or Founders’ Club, call 954-414-6915 or email [email protected].

The Broward Center 2018-2019 season is presented by the Broward Performing Arts Foundation. AutoNation, Bank of America, Brightline, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, JetBlue, MasterCard and Paramount Refreshment Solutions are proud sponsors of the Broward Center.

For more than 25 years, the Broward Performing Arts Foundation has been instrumental in providing support for the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The Foundation was established in 1985 to deliver the required private funding to build the Center and create an endowment to sustain its operations.  Over the years, the Foundation has successfully raised funds to support the Broward Center’s innovative and diverse programming, arts-in-education initiatives, community engagement activities and capital projects. Most recently, the Foundation raised $60 million to complete the Encore! capital campaign to renovate, renew and revitalize the Broward Center.

About The Broward Center for the Performing Arts

One of America’s premier performing arts venues, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents more than 700 performances each year to more than 700,000 patrons, showcasing a wide range of exciting cultural programming and events. Guest experiences at the Broward Center include the all-inclusive JetBlue Flight Deck on the Club Level, special events in the Huizenga Pavilion, waterfront dining at Marti’s New River Bistro and innovative classes and workshops for all ages at the Rose Miniaci Arts Education Center. With one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the United States, the Broward Center serves more than 150,000 students annually.

The Broward Performing Arts Foundation, Inc. receives and maintains funds to sustain, develop and secure the future of the Broward Center. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District at 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit BrowardCenter.org.

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