|Last Friday night, the New York Botanical Garden celebrated the 16th Annual Winter Wonderland Ball in the spectacular Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the Garden’s Victorian-style glass palace. On view in the Conservatory was the 23rd Annual Holiday Train Show, a display of magnificent model trains winding through a sprawling landscape in miniature featuring iconic New York landmarks made of natural materials.
This year’s Winter Wonderland Ball Chairmen are Byrdie Bell, Alina Cho, Cristina Cuomo, Brooke Gerschel, Emma J.P. Goergen, Dalia Oberlander, Alexandra Lind Rose, and Gillian Hearst Simonds. The Junior Chairmen are Sarah Chilton, Martin Dawson, Nell Diamond, Julia Catherine Erdman, Elizabeth Kurpis, Julia Loomis, Elizabeth Steel, and Zack Thain. The Honorary Chairmen are Mark Badgley, Sloan Barnett, Whitney Fairchild, Pauline Joerger, Nathalie Kaplan, Alexandra Lebenthal, Christian Leone, James Mischka, Connie Anne Phillips, and Molly Sims.
|The evening began with cocktails underneath the glistening dome in the Palms of the World Gallery, followed by dinner and dancing. Proceeds from this event support NYBG’s world-renowned Children’s Education programs, inspiring youth of all ages, particularly underserved children in the Bronx, with a lifelong connection to nature through innovative workshops and hands-on activities.
The new Edible Academy, a planned state-of-the-art, year- round facility, will allow twice as many children, parents, and teachers (from 40,000 to 80,000) to learn how to grow fruits and vegetables, as well as make the important connections among plants, gardening, nutrition, and the benefits of a healthful lifestyle.
|This year’s ball is sponsored by Northern Trust with additional support from Badgley Mischka and Glamour.
Every year since 1999, the Winter Wonderland Ball, a fixture on the New York social calendar, has enchanted Patrons of the Garden with its unparalleled, magical setting, exclusive guest list, and incredible leadership committee.
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