Wednesday, January 13, 2016

So, there's a Brooklyn Events Center Foundation, to be funded by Monday's "Brooklyn Open Skate"

An email message today from the Barclays Center offered an invitation:
This is your chance to take the ice at Barclays Center when the home of the New York Islanders hosts its first ever Brooklyn Open Skate on Monday, January 18.

There a two sessions to choose from:
Session 1: 9:00AM - 10:45AM
Session 2: 11:15AM - 1:00PM
**Arena doors will open at 8:30AM**
Passes can be obtained online with a $5 donation by clicking here, or at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center starting Thursday at noon with all proceeds benefiting the BEC Foundation. Inventory is limited, so secure your place on the ice now.

PLEASE NOTE: Attendees must provide their own skates.
That was an interesting way to announced the presence of the heretofore unknown Brooklyn Events Center (BEC) Foundation, named for the arena operating company.

The foundation, according to Guidestar, got its IRS approval in 2014. The New York State Department of State says it was formed in 2013, headquartered at the the BEC offices at Forest City Ratner's MetroTech.

I could find no record of any foundation officers, or activity.

I wonder whether it will subsume, or take over, the work of the Atlantic Yards/Nets/DBNA Community Foundation, which last year gave out more than $100,000 to community groups.

After the arena operating company is now owned by Mikhail Prokhorov's Onexim, and has no official ownership ties to Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park, even if some Forest City Ratner officials may wind up speaking for the arena in public.

Either way, we may see more arena-related events coupled with donations.

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