Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Sidney Kimmel

Naming Donor, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts


Sidney Kimmel

Chairman, Jones Apparel Group, Inc.
Sidney Kimmel is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and founder of Jones Apparel Group, Inc.. He has led the growth of Jones since its founding in 1970 to its current status as one of the world’s leading designers and marketers of branded apparel, footwear and accessories, with such internationally recognizable brands as Jones New York, Anne Klein, Nine West, Kasper, Evan-Picone, Gloria Vanderbilt, Enzo Angiolini, Bandolino, Joan & David, l.e.i. and Rachel Roy.

Since 1993, the Sidney Kimmel Foundation and its subsidiary, the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research, have committed more than $500 million to various philanthropic causes. Nearly three-quarters of these gifts have been to advance cancer research through the establishment of cancer centers around the country. Most significantly, the Foundation has funded the establishment of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University, the nation’s leading medical center according to U.S. News & World Report. In addition, the Foundation has funded the Sidney Kimmel Prostate and Urologic Cancers Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York and the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Mr. Kimmel has also established the Kimmel Scholars grant program, providing research grants to promising young cancer scientists and physicians. To date, there are over 170 recipients of these grants.

Mr. Kimmel’s philanthropic efforts extend beyond the world of cancer treatment and research and reflect his strong dedication to his hometown of Philadelphia as well as the performing arts and Jewish education and continuity. He is the lead donor to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, home to the Philadelphia Orchestra. Among his other contributions, Mr. Kimmel has made major endowment gifts to the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School, funded the construction of the Kimmel Theater at the National Constitution Center, provided significant funding to the National Holocaust Memorial in Washington, D.C., and is lead donor in the redevelopment of the National Museum of American Jewish History, located on Independence Mall in Philadelphia.

Mr. Kimmel is also a partner in Cipriani International, a world-renowned restaurant and caterer, and is part owner of the Miami Heat. His film company, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, has produced such popular films as 9 1/2 Weeks, Clan of the Cave Bear, and Blame It on Rio, and more recently United 93, Alpha Dog, The Kite Runner, and Death at a Funeral.

Among many awards, Mr. Kimmel received the first-ever Medal of Honor for Cancer Philanthropy from the American Cancer Society in 2006. He has also received the American Cancer Society’s Humanitarian Award in 1999, the American Jewish Committee’s National Human Relations Award in 2000, and the Musser Award for Excellence in Leadership from Temple University in 2002.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Mr. Kimmel resides with his wife, Caroline, in California and New York.