DVFFF Lends Support to Young Women’s Conference

February 7th, 2014

The Diller – von Furstenberg Family Foundation is proud to sponsor Brentwood School’s “It’s Our Turn: Young Women’s Conference”, scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 8th at the school’s Los Angeles campus.

Young women in Grades 8-12 from schools throughout the area will gather for the one day conference, which will feature presentations and panel discussions by a variety of “female leaders, mentors, and performers who will address issues that most concern girls, such as advocacy, entrepreneurship, identity and body image, personal branding, social media awareness, relationships, representation of women in the media, and transforming stereotypes.”

Maria Shriver will serve as Honorary Chair, along with Special Guests Mindy Kaling, Lisa Leslie, and Reese Witherspoon, and featured speakers Geena Davis, Azure Antoinette, and Jessica Weiner.

The focus of the conference aligns with Diane von Furstenberg’s philanthropic efforts in empowering women.  “The DVF Awards” which are held annually in March, celebrate women who “have succeeded in improving the social, economic and political standing of women, creating inspiration and momentum for enduring change in communities across the globe.”

For additional coverage of Brentwood’s “It’s Our Turn: Young Women’s Conference”:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/brentwood-school-pleased-present-turn-152300156.html

For more on The DVF Awards:

http://www.dvf.com/dvf-awards.html

 

 

 

 

High Line Headquarters to Be Named The Diller – von Furstenberg Building

September 9th, 2013
A rendering of The Diller – von Furstenberg Building, the High Line's new operations center, located at the southern terminus of the park. Image by Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Beyer Blinder Belle.

A rendering of The Diller – von Furstenberg Building, the High Line’s new operations center, located at the southern terminus of the park. Image by Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Beyer Blinder Belle.

From Jennette Mullaney for thehighline.org/blog – In recognition of the extraordinary generosity of The Diller – von Furstenberg Family Foundation, Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to share the news that High Line Headquarters, our new maintenance and operations hub, will be named The Diller – von Furstenberg Building.

Located at the southern end of the High Line, adjacent to the future Whitney Museum of American Art, The Diller – von Furstenberg Building will be at the heart of everything we do. Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Beyer Blinder and Belle to reflect the historic warehouses and factories of the Meatpacking District and West Chelsea, our new four-story home will provide crucial facilities to manage, maintain, and operate the High Line. In addition to providing essential amenities for visitors, such as our southern elevator and public restrooms, it will house our gardeners, maintenance workers, educators, administrators, and public program staff in a space designed to meet the unique challenges of operating a 1.5-mile park that floats 30 feet in the air.

The Diller – von Furstenberg family has played a crucial role in the development of the High Line, making a total of $35 million in gifts and pledges to the High Line since 2005, including a $20 million pledge in 2011 that was, at the time, the largest gift to a public park in New York City history. Barry, Diane, Alexander, and Tatiana have been profound champions of this innovative adaptive reuse project, and shared the following about their commitment to the High Line: “We are so proud to have been part of the impossible dream of turning an old railroad into a green ribbon of trees and peace for everyone to enjoy.”

Today, with the public opening of the High Line at the Rail Yards scheduled for next year, we remain tremendously grateful to the Diller – von Furstenberg family for their steadfast support and dedication to our mission. We can think of no better way to acknowledge their special role in High Line history than at our future home: The Diller – von Furstenberg Building.

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Watch the building’s progress here:

http://www.thehighline.org/blog-tags/high-line-headquarters

DVFFF Funds Refurbishment of LA Basketball Courts

September 4th, 2013

Alex von Furstenberg, Ali Kay and The Diller – von Furstenberg Family Foundation have teamed with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and the Los Angeles Parks Foundation to sponsor the refurbishment of existing outdoor basketball courts throughout the City of LA.  The partnership, which took form in 2012, will manage the repair and upgrade of selected courts, including the installation of new asphalt court surfaces, cantilevered goal posts, tempered glass backboards, breakaway goal rings, nylon nets, and needed individual site-specific improvements. Courts are being considered on the basis of high use and severe need for repairs and equipment replacement.

Phase I, which concluded in Fall 2012, saw the refurbishment of four courts at the Venice Beach Recreation Center.  Just announced was the completion of Phase II, which addressed improvements at another seven courts throughout Glassell, Sepulveda and Mount Carmel Rec Centers, and Lafayette and Victory Vineland Parks.  Upgrades in excess of $325,000 were funded by The Diller – von Furstenberg Family Foundation, in support of the project.

The LAPF is currently performing site evaluations for Phase III, the conclusive phase of the project, in which an additional eight courts are expected to undergo renovation.

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For more on the Venice Beach Basketball Court renovation and other LA Parks projects, visit:

http://www.laparksfoundation.org/EN/allprojets.html

$3 Million Gift for New Signature Theater Company Home

December 1st, 2011

By Patrick Healy for The New York Times — The family foundation of Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg has made its largest donation to an arts organization, $3 million to Signature Theater Company for its new Off Broadway home set to open in February. James Houghton, artistic director of the theater company, announced the gift for the Signature Center complex on Thursday and said that in appreciation the centerpiece stairway would be named the Diller-von Furstenberg Grand Staircase.

Mr. Houghton said that Mr. Diller, the chairman of IAC and Expedia, and Ms. Von Furstenberg, the designer, were introduced to Signature by the actor Edward Norton, who is a board member of the theater company and a co-chairman of its capital campaign.The couple’s foundation has donated to New York education, arts, and civic organizations since its creation in 1999, including a $20 million gift this fall for further expansion of the High Line park on the West Side of Manhattan.

The $66 million Signature Center project, designed by Frank Gehry, includes city financial support and several major gifts from board members and others, including a $5 million donation in honor of the playwright Romulus Linney, whose name was bestowed on one of its three new theaters. Signature, which Mr. Houghton founded in 1991, is moving into the center on West 42nd Street this winter from its single-theater home farther west on the same street.