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May 23, 2011 1:28 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Alec Baldwin Donates $250,000 To Guild Hall

May 24, 2011 9:29 AM

Courtesy of Alec Baldwin, Guild Hall in East Hampton received a check for $250,000 on Monday, a result of the actor’s ad campaign with Capital One Bank, which touted the bank’s Venture Rewards card while promoting many of New York’s art institutions.

“My partnership with Capital One serves as a platform to generate awareness about the need for arts funding,” Mr. Baldwin said in a press release. “Government funding has been significantly reduced, and I think that is bad for arts education and America’s cultural heritage. Guild Hall serves the community throughout the year by providing inspiring performances, films, readings and exhibitions, along with arts education in schools and other activities that are needed.”

Guild Hall Executive Director Ruth Appelhof said the donation will help the museum continue its mission to nurture, cultivate, and promote visual and performing artists on the East End.

“With the recent cut in government funding, we are depending more and more on private and corporate giving to achieve our goals,” Ms. Appelhof said in the release. “We very much appreciate Alec’s support, which will go toward paying off the final $2 million left in our Capital Campaign following our recent renovation.”

Mr. Baldwin has donated all of the proceeds he earned from the Capital One commercial. In addition to Guild Hall, donations were also given to the New York Philharmonic, the Roundabout Theater and the Hamptons International Film Festival.

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well done alec. thankyou
By tito (56), e hampton on May 23, 11 4:53 PM
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What a great thing to do !!!!!! good for you Mr Baldwin. i love that movie THE COOLER..
By ranger (54), springs on May 23, 11 5:26 PM
that was a great movie
By local 84 (353), riverhead on May 27, 11 3:06 PM
and yes It was a great thing to do
By local 84 (353), riverhead on May 27, 11 3:06 PM
We are very lucky to have Alec Baldwin as a neighbor. He has supported local causes for ages. Good man.
By baywoman (165), southampton on May 23, 11 5:46 PM
Lucky ??? The Baldwin family is like the Hollywood Mob. They get away with EVERYTHING. Someone needed to set them straight. Kim Basinger was that someone.Good man I think not.
By They call me (2826), southampton on May 27, 11 8:16 AM
I thought Alec Baldwin moved to Canada after George W. was elected....
By DC (11), Hampton Bays on May 23, 11 5:58 PM
Best line from his Capitol One commercial... "It's ok, I played a pilot before"
thanks for the laughs Alec, and for the generous donation.
By marybmary (54), east hampton on May 23, 11 9:19 PM
Dc I met him 2 years ago in the gym and asked him why he was still here and I thought he moved to Canada.... He ignored me went back to the locker room and left after only being in the place 5 Minutes. LOLLLL
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on May 23, 11 10:29 PM
nice job Joe, To funny
By 27dan (2854), Southampton on May 27, 11 8:07 AM
who cares
By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on May 27, 11 3:01 PM
The guy is arrogant and treated a beautiful woman like crap now we all say bravo Mr Baldwin for your donation, Really?
By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on May 27, 11 3:03 PM
250,000 is allot of money but why guild hall I can think of more needful causes for such a thoughtful person as Smart Alec
By 27dan (2854), Southampton on May 27, 11 4:24 PM
I am glad for his child's sake He is trying to resurrect his reputation
By They call me (2826), southampton on May 27, 11 4:30 PM
Smart Alec...Chuckle
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on May 27, 11 11:44 PM