Notable Harvard Alumni Gives Back

A renowned real estate investor from New York and owner of the Island Capital Group, Andrew Farkas is a Harvard alumni and holds the institution in his heart. He has immense respect for the university and its philosophies. Farkas has been a long-standing member of the Hasty Pudding Club, which is a theatrical student society at Harvard University. It is the nation’s oldest theater company and is a medium of expression for many Harvard’s undergraduates and alumni members. Andrew Farkas recently contributed to the renovation and expansion of this 1888 structure to celebrate the stunning cultural space and give back to his alma mater. He devoted this gesture to his father, Robin L. Farkas who has been an immense influence in his life. It was his father who urged Andrew to join Harvard and the rest, he says, is history. The building is renamed as Farkas Hall and now houses a 270 seat state of the art theater, an elaborate stage and dance studios for students along with many offices for the members. The Hasty Pudding lobby displays the club’s pivotal role in the university’s growth. The renovation has preserved the rich history of the club through posters, plaques, and photographs which the lobby displays.

Farkas has been actively involved with the club since his undergraduate days and is now leading his 30th reunion class gift committee with the fellow alumni. He was the president of the club for 2 years and several generations of his family have been associated with this creative space. His wife Sandi is a playwright and screenwriter and choose to renovate the great club with her husband to preserve the legacy of The Hasty Pudding Club. The club has been home to many great visionaries including 5 presidents of the United States. It has supported and displayed creative freedom since its inception in the late 1700s. Farkas chose to renovate this club as a gesture of appreciation and respect towards his father, the Harvard university, and the Hasty Pudding club.

Andrew Farkas devotes his success to the university as it transformed him into a confident young man and made him what he is today. He actively supports cultural and art scene in New York and has been a regular attendee of all dedications held at the Hasty Pudding club. His 13-year-old daughter is also a member of the club which shows how this club has been an invaluable part of the legacy of the Farkas family.