|The Central Park Conservancy hosted its Playground Partners Annual Family Party in Central Park’s Heckscher Playground at 62nd Street on Wednesday, May 25. A picture-perfect summer day provided a beautiful backdrop for an afternoon of food, games, music, and more. This is the only event of the year held inside a Central Park playground, offering a special opportunity for New York City families. The party raised over $420,000.
The event, sponsored by Goldman Sachs Gives, The Easton, a new development from Related, and Brooks Brothers, had over 1,200 parents and children attend. This year’s theme, “Slide into Summer,” inspired an array of family-friendly activities. Guests enjoyed music from Little Maestros and Kidville’s Rockin’ Railroad, cupcake decorating by Sprinkles Cupcakes, a soccer relay by Super Soccer Stars and Kick & Play, Bulldog Ball Club fast pitch, chess games and demonstrations by Chess at Three, Spin Art by Craft Studio, slam dunk with Dribbl Basketball, tennis games by event Activity Sponsor, Hampton Racquet Tennis, and much more.
|This year’s Party Co-Chairmen were Laura Heintz, Jackie Keber, Heather McAuliffe, Whitney Mogavero, Carey Rutkoske, Aimee Yoon, and Nanar Yoseloff, and the Grandparents Committee Chairmen were Michele and Marty Cohen. They were joined by Playground Partners Co-Chairmen, Kim Klimczak and Michelle Marra, Vice Chairman, Ranika Cohen, Women’s Committee President Karen T. May, and Douglas Blonsky, President and CEO, Central Park Conservancy, and Central Park Administrator.|
|Proceeds from the Family Party support Playground Partners and its mission to keep Central Park’s 21 playgrounds safe, clean and well-maintained.
The Benefit Committee and guests included: Virginia Apple, Suzie Aijala, Anne Black, Shana Gary, Stephanie Hessler, Cathy Ingram, Sharon Jacob, Lauren Kenny, Kristy and Jonathan Korngold, Nyssa Kourakos, Karen LeFrak, Nancy Paduano, Ainsley and Will Proctor, Alexandra Robertson, Fiona Rudin, and Amanda Waldron.
|Dutchess Land Conservancy's (DLC) Annual Spring Barn Dinner Dance, held at MC and Eric Roberts' Silver Mountain Farm in North East, Dutchess County, drew over 300 friends and supporters, who were enthusiastically welcomed by Co-Chairs MC and Eric Roberts, Deban and Tom Flexner, and Jacqueline and Oakleigh Thorne. The gorgeous rural setting, and beloved picnic area for FDR, was the perfect place to celebrate land conservation and raise much-needed funds for DLC's programs. The evening included a delicious dinner from Stissing House, a live auction and paddle raise with guest auctioneer Bill Stahl of Sotheby's, followed by dancing to the sounds of Harlem Line.|
|On Saturday, May 14, 2016, the Jay Heritage Center (JHC) held its second John Jay Medal Dinner and recognized two individuals whose exemplary efforts have helped elevate and strengthen the legacy of native New Yorker, John Jay.
JHC's first honoree was Prof. Joseph J. Ellis, one of our nation's leading historians and the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Founding Brothers: the Revolutionary Generation. Ellis' illuminating research for his newest book The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution 1783-1789 restores John Jay to the pantheon of nation-builders alongside Washington, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison.
|JHC's second honoree was Prof. Nicholas A. Robinson, a founder of the Pace Environmental Law School newly renamed for the tireless environmentalist and philanthropist Elisabeth Haub. Robinson, together with JHC's original founders, helped preserve and landmark the 23 acre Jay Estate on Long Island Sound in 1993. Today this touchstone in Jay's life is protected parkland and a must see destination on New York State's Path Through History.
|Warm weather rewarded 125 dinner attendees including many Jay descendants and the editors of The Selected Papers of John Jay at Columbia University. An appreciative crowd enjoyed cocktails on the veranda and toured the landscape. They viewed rare manuscripts and artwork including a 1786 drawing of Spain's flag generously donated by Mrs. Paul Hughes and her family. Afterwards Prof. Ellis gave a mesmerizing talk about John Jay's finely honed diplomatic skills and his pivotal role in shaping our new nation's foreign policy with Britain, France and particularly Spain. Both honorees received standing ovations.
Samuel W. Croll III, Prof. Shelby D. Green, Charlene Laughlin and Thomas R. Mercein were Dinner Co-Chairs. Previous Jay Medal honorees were Catherine "Kitty" Aresty and Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel.
|Photographs by Billy Farrell Agency NYC (CPC); Mary Hilliard (DLC); Cutty McGill (JHC).|