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Fifth Annual Hudson River Park Friends Playground Committee Luncheon Raises $260,000

Fifth Annual Hudson River Park Friends Playground Committee Luncheon Raises $260,000

Last week at Chelsea Pier’s Current some very important women were honored for their incredible efforts to improve New York City including Rachel Blumenthal, CEO and Founder, Rockets of Awesome; Corporate Champion: Stephanie Hochman, Senior Vice President, Citi & Lead, Citi Volunteers; and Nicky Hilton Rothschild, fashion designer.

“I want to thank the Hudson River Park committee and community for all the wonderful work you do,” stated Rothschild during the gathering. “Thank you for keeping our parks safe and beautiful.

Comedienne and bestselling author Jenny Mollen led the afternoon with a delightful sitting helmed by Luncheon Chairs Wendy Amsterdam, Bethany D’Meza, Alexis Herron, Jilian Simpson, Megan Stackhouse, Chelsey Ward and Cara Weisberger.

Guests included Eva Chen, Jenny Fleiss, Samantha Haber Wasser, Sara Haines, Leandra Medine, Nell Diamond, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jessica Wilpon Kamel, Claire Olshan and many others.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 24: Eva Chen and Leandra Medine attend the Fifth Annual Hudson River Park Friends Playground Committee Luncheon at Current at Chelsea Piers on January 24, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Friends Of Hudson River Park)

The Hudson River Park Friends Playground Committee is a group of accomplished parents who work to gather support from the local community for play areas, sports fields, free public events and environmental and educational programs. Since the Playground Committee’s inception in 2012, they have raised $5.5 M for the Park.

Currently they are raising much needed funds to develop a new one-of-a-kind marine science play area. The 4,000 square foot Pier 26 Science Play Area will be the fifth play area at Hudson River Park. 

For more information about The Hudson River Park Friends Playground Committee, please visit

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