After a week of unending rain, the clouds finally cleared and the night air sparkled with stars on the evening of Hunters Point Parks Conservancy’s First Annual Spotlight of the Season.
The crisp air breezed through the phenomenal venue LIC Landing by COFFEED for what was a memorable evening full of great honors and enchanting entertainment.
The Hunters Point Parks Conservancy is a community non-profit organization whose mission is to enrich the quality of life in Hunters Point by preserving and enhancing its parks, green spaces, and waterfront in partnership with the community.
“You have an incredible place here,” said COFFEED CEO, “Turtle” about the captivating neighborhood. “This is a great place to raise a family, to enjoy life and to enjoy New York City.”
Attendees at the soirée were able to experience and applaud the best that the local association has to offer. The party began with a tour of Hunters Point South Park Phase II led by HPPC Board VP Mark Christie. NFL Legend, Tony Richardson, then hosted the awards and grand festivities that included lawn games for the kids provided by Zog Sports, crafts with local artist Donna Levinstone, bubble making with Bubblemaster Gabe, and face painting by Melinda’s Children’s Parties.
The honoree for the gala was Dana Aussenberg, Vice-Chair of the Gantry Parent Association, and Nestseekers International, who graciously accepted her award in front of the packed audience.
Performances for the program included acts by Joe the Magic Man, Donofrio Dance Company, Cosmic Fit Club, and Noora Dance Theatre. Delicious food and drinks were provided by COFFEED, as well as smart sips from SingleCut Beersmiths.
Attendees included great volunteers and organizers such as Casey Chamberlain, along with Hunters Point Civic Association President, Brent O’Leary. The HPPC Board of Directors were also on hand and include: Rob Basch, President; Mark Christie, Vice-President; Barbara Etzel,Treasurer; Matthew Wallace, Secretary; as well as Lilian Chen, Megan DiBello, Christian Murray, Ann Margaret O’Connor, Matt Quigley, and Ann Sansaricq.
“This is a great area,” said HPPC President, Rob Basch, about the reason behind the celebration. “You have a beautiful waterfront and you have the beautiful park. When you start with that you cannot go wrong. And we have a really active community here. There are so many people who are dedicated to what we are doing. It makes it a lot easier when people are truly invested.”
It was truly a night to remember.