Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has announced a new addition to their development team.

— Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has announced a new addition to their development team.

Dr. John Farkas assumes leadership responsibilities for the team immediately as the Center’s Chief Development Officer.

Darlene Fedun, Chief Executive Officer at Bethel Woods, explains, “I am delighted to have John lead our team. His wide-ranging development and fundraising experience will be a true asset to Bethel Woods. His expertise will allow our development team to smoothly build support for programs which are at the foundation of our mission.”

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization, located at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel.

Located just 90 miles from New York City on a lush campus featuring bucolic countryside views, the center is comprised of the Pavilion Stage amphitheater that accommodates 15,000, an intimate 440-seat indoor Event Gallery and the award-winning Museum at Bethel Woods.

The center offers a diverse selection of popular artists, culturally-rich performances, and educational and community programs that inspire creative expression and civic engagement to enrich the human spirit.

Bethel Woods is exemplary in its efforts to engage, inspire and advocate for the accessibility of the arts for all ages and to connect with community partners to broaden programmatic reach and to strengthen support and resources for its activities.

The museum is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) educational corporation which is dedicated to the study and exhibition of the social, political and cultural events of the 1960s, including the Woodstock festival, and the legacies of those times, as well as the preservation of the 1969 Woodstock festival site.
Fedun adds, “Dr. Farkas has experienced great fundraising success over the last seventeen years, raising in excess of $100 million during his time spent in the field. He has demonstrated success in raising major gifts from individual, foundation, government, and corporate donors and has successfully managed comprehensive development programs that included capital campaigns, major and planned gifts, annual giving, events, corporate/foundation relations, marketing, strategic planning, and public relations."

Dr. Farkas served at the Atlanta College of Art (founding member of the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta) as their Vice President of Development and Public Affairs.

He was Vice President of Development and College Relations at Keystone College, a four-year private college in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

He also served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Cedar Crest College, one of only 57 women’s colleges in the nation. John then joined Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners-one of the nation's most highly regarded firms providing philanthropic management to the nonprofit community, as their senior principal.

He has been responsible for successful management of over-goal fundraising programs and for fostering a climate that supports and enhances diversity.

Farkas earned a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Scranton. His Ph.D. is from Georgia State University in Higher Education Administration.

He resides in Waverly with his wife Nancy, and former Executive Director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic.
Dr. Farkas adds, “I am excited about joining the team at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. It’s a dynamic organization that not only supports an outstanding outdoor and indoor performance venue, but also a museum dedicated to the legacy of the Sixties and 1969 Woodstock festival. In addition, its extensive education and community outreach programs continue to support Sullivan County, New York and the surrounding region.”

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