Alec Baldwin snagged a few headlines yesterday with his decision to quit Twitter again, but his headline today carries a little more meaning as the generous “30 Rock” star donated $1 million to the New York Philharmonic, reports MSN Now.
Baldwin, who is a member of the Philharmonic’s board as well as the host of its radio show, “The New York Philharmonic This Week”, has always looked out for the best interest of the orchestra. The musicians were even featured in the Baldwin starred “Capital One” commercials.
The Philharmonic stepped out and informed their supporters that Mr. Baldwin’s donation was actually from the proceeds of his Capital One campaign and were sent in honor Zarin Mehta, the Philharmonic’s outgoing president and executive director.
Alec Baldwin released this statement:
“I have loved classical music all of my life, but Zarin Mehta made my dream of becoming part of the world of classical music come true. I will miss working with him directly, but will always bear in mind his passion, commitment, and insight as I continue my work with the New York Philharmonic. Zarin has my best wishes for the future, and I look forward to continuing our rich, musical friendship.”
The New York Times reports that Mehta released his own statement thanking Mr. Baldwin for his contribution, saying that Baldwin’s gift “”humbles me and inspires me to continue to contribute to the art form in any way I can.”
What do you think of Alec Baldwin donating $1 million from his Capital One commercial campaign to the New York Philharmonic?