Joanne Minieri, president of Forest City Ratner, is on the museum's board. Robert S. Rubin is a Nets owner.
Ratner will get the Augustus Graham Medal, named for a founder of the Brooklyn Apprentices Library in 1823, which later grew into the Brooklyn Museum. The medal "is presented annually in recognition of community involvement, generous patronage of the arts, and outstanding contribution to the Museum."
Ratner is described as "a leading corporate citizen of Brooklyn and New York City, and a singularly important supporter of the arts and other philanthropic endeavors." (Would it be churlish to point out singular support for Assembly Democrats and lobbyist Al D'Amato?) Note the special performance by Kanye West, likely a result thanks to co-chair Jay-Z (see below).
Three of the eight co-chairs have a connection to Ratner, including rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z, who owns a piece of the Nets; FCR president Minieri; and Brett Yormark, president of Nets Sports & Entertainment.
Barclays on board
Among the vice-chairs are Barclays Capital, which has signed a naming rights deal for the Atlantic Yards arena, Nets Sports and Entertainment, and, of course, Forest City Ratner.
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