Larry Barton, BUFNY
's former vice president and general manager, added that most of the New York-based arts groups the fund supported "have performed nationally and internationally." Here's a short list: Amistad Theatre Group, Black Spectrum Theatre, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Frank Silvera Writers' Workshop, Negro Ensemble Company, Soweto Cultural Effort Theatre and Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center.
Daniel denied the board was opposed to BUFNY, though he emphasized that the hospital will continue to support the United Way.
For its part, the United Way of New York City said it had no problem with BUFNY's campaign starting up at the hospital.