Central Park Conservancy’s annual gala, “Central Park Mod,” was a big hit

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Last Wednesday night, the Central Park Conservancy celebrated its annual gala at Rumsey Playfield in the heart of Central Park. The stylish evening, which was themed “Central Park Mod,” was generously presented by Harry Winston, Inc. and kicks off a year-long, multi-event partnership. More than 400 guests joined for cocktails and dinner, followed by another 200 Young Associates who joined the party for dessert and dancing. The vibrant event raised $1.4 million in support of the Conservancy’s ongoing work to maintain the beloved landmark as a respite from the pace and pressures of city life for all New Yorkers and visitors.

From the fashion to the music, the evening was a nod to the stylish ‘60s, with guests dancing the night away under the tent to music performed by On The Move Entertainment. The event
decor by Dejuan Stroud, complemented the spirited theme. Catering was provided by Abigail Kirsch.

Event co-chairs Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, Amanda and Glenn Fuhrman, Jill and Barry Lafer, and Gillian and Sylvester Miniter were joined by President & CEO of the Central Park Conservancy Betsy Smith, Conservancy trustees, and donors. Guests included Mayor Eric Adams, Federica Boido, Suzanne and Bob Cochran, Rick Cotton, Kate and Andrew Davis, NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue, Wes Edens, Charlotte Groenveld, Dayssi and Paul Kanavos, Kitty and Tom Kempner, Alexia Leuschen, Amy Miller Madry, Susan Magrino, Katherine Murdoch, Margo Nederlander, Elyse Newhouse, Yesim and Dusty Philip, Jenny Price, Indre Rockefeller, Laureen Seeger, Martha Stewart, A.G. Sulzberger and Molly Messick, Harry Taylor and Mo Sakurai, and Anna and William Zeckendorf.

Gillian Miniter, Jill Lafer, Betsy Smith, and Chai Vasarhelyi.

“The Central Park Conservancy’s annual gala is a wonderful celebration of New York’s most iconic landmark, one that highlights the professionalism and hard work of our staff, volunteers, and supporters,” said Betsy Smith, President & CEO of the Central Park Conservancy. “The sustainability of Central Park is up to all of us, and I am grateful for the dedication of so many supporters who bolster the Conservancy’s work in preserving the Park as a place of respite and renewal for all.”

Following dinner, Central Park Conservancy’s Young Associates joined the party for dessert and dancing. Event Co-Chairs, Zachary Weiss and Isabella Massenet, welcomed guests including Prince Achileas-Andreas of Greece and Denmark, Jeremy Batoff, Sam Dangremond, Alessia Fendi, Eric Goldie, Serena Miniter, Molly and Sam Moorkamp, Stephanie Nass, Beverly Nguyen, Madeline O’Malley, Sophie Sumner, Pritika Swarup, Charly Sturm, Matt Woodruff, Cecily Waud, and Chase Winfrey.

L. to r.: Betsy Smith with Mayor Eric Adams and NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue.
Alessia Fendi, Mercedes de Guardiola, Joelle El Sawalhi, Charly Sturm, and Savannah Engel.
L. to r.: Elyse Newhouse and Fe Fendi; Claudia Overstrom, Leslie Brille, and Yesim Philip.
Eric Goldie, Zach Weiss, and Jeremy Batoff.
L. to r.: Betsy Smith and Rick Cotton; Amy Madry, Jill Lafer, and Sarvin Tarifi.
Claudia Cogut, Fe Fendi, Alessandro Fendi, and Alessia Fendi.
L. to r.: Jill and Barry Lafer; Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi.
Noelle Broussard, Hayley Danke, Tal Moriah, and Serena Miniter.
L. to r.: Alexander Hankin, Ia Malone, and Andrew Puopolo; Gillian Miniter and Jenny Price.
Katherine Birch, Margo Nederlander, and Kate Davis.
L. to r.: Jeremy Batoff and Eric Goldie; Chai Vasarhelyi and Indre Rockefeller.
Nancy and Daniel Paduano.
L. to r.: Harry Taylor and Mo Sakurai; Isabella Massenet and Zach Weiss.
Jon Allen, Heather Hilgers, Nicholas D’Angelo, and Edward Lando.
L. to r.: Martha Stewart; Savanna Stevens and Kia Hampson.
Angelica Body-Lawson, Kimberly Cyrus, Savannah Stevens, and Kia Hampson.
L. to r.: Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos; Pritika Swarup.
Yohannes Syoum, Anne Borsanyi, Linda Haile, and Nanar Yoseloff.
L. to r.: William Zeckendorf and Anna Bender-Zeckendorf; Sophie Sumner and Ian Malone.
Charlotte Snyder, Kat Dines, Heather McAuliffe, Christina Sethi, Charlotte Groeneveld, Caroline Meade, and Cheyne Beys.
L. to r.: Laureen Seeger, Andrew Berger, Gracie Seeger, and Erin Klatskin; Stephanie Nass.
Caroline Meade, Charlotte Snyder, and Kat Dines.
L. to r.: Charlotte Groeneveld and Christina Sethi; Alessia Fendi and Lilah Ramzi.
McCartney Wilkins, Jay Wilkins, and Sheilah Smith.

Photographs by Madison Voelkel/BFA.com & Michael Ostuni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images.

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