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Donor Stories

Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to The Music Center.

  • Mary Levin Cutler
    Mary Levin Cutler
    Mary Levin Cutler's relationship to the performing arts in Los Angeles began on her college campus of Cal State LA when Dorothy Chandler's "buck bag" was circulated to raise money for what would become The Music Center. "I belonged to a music fraternity, a college fraternity of women in music."
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  • Joan Herman
    Joan Herman
    Joan Herman's commitment to the performing arts stems from her years of dance, both classical ballet and modern. "Many, many years ago, I was very involved with dance. I went to the High School for the Performing Arts in New York City. I was dancing, hoping at one point that it would be my career, but I had a problem with my back, so it didn't work out."
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  • Freya and Mark Ivener
    Freya and Mark Ivener
    "My enduring love of the arts began when I was a child living near Lincoln Center in Manhattan. At that young age, my father instilled in me a passion for art, theater and dance. For the following 40 years, The Music Center has played an important role in both of our lives."
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  • Diane Morton
    Diane Morton
    An integral part of The Music Center family, Diane Morton has been devoted to the arts as a supporter, volunteer, and advocate for nearly four decades. Her most recent act of devotion is a $1 million bequest to The Blue Ribbon Children's Festival as well as a gift to support dance programming.
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  • Roberta Turkat
    Roberta Turkat
    The Music Center has had thousands of supporters over the years and as we approach our 50ᵗʰ Anniversary, we are tremendously grateful for those who have been with us since the beginning. Roberta Turkat is one such person. When the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion opened its doors in 1964, Roberta and her husband, Dr. Teviah "Terry" Turkat, were there.
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