Fall fundraising is in full swing.
Last night, on October 17th, Hudson River Park held its Annual Gala at Cipriani South Street, celebrating the near completion of Hudson River Park. Hosted by Sandra Bernhard, the evening honored Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies and 108th Mayor of New York, David Chang, chef/founder of Momofuku, and Lucy Liu, actor/director/artist. Presenting the awards were Mike Novogratz, Aidan Quinn and Diana L. Taylor. Additional notable attendees included Martha Stewart, Tyler Cameron, and Nigel Barker. Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters’ high-energy performance captivated the 800-person audience, closing out the gala portion of the night.
“Hudson River Park is one of the most vibrant and beautiful places in the city, and it’s growing greener and greater every single day thanks to the Trust and all of you,” said Michael R. Bloomberg as he accepted his honor. “When you go home tonight, look in the mirror. If you’ve supported Hudson River Park, you can smile knowing that you’ve made a difference for everyone in this city, and you’ve made a difference for yourselves.”
The celebratory evening featured a live auction and Hudson River Park raised $3 million during the Gala to support the Park’s operations and public programming, including its 550+ year-round educational, environmental, sustainability and cultural programs.
Coming up next week the not-for-profit animal rescue organization, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, will host their 2nd annual gala on October 22. The cocktail and dinner reception gala will raise funds and awareness to help animals in need, and will be co-chaired by Georgina Bloomberg and Lara Trump. The event will be produced by Robin Lathrop of By Robin.
Rescue Dogs Rock NYC’s goal is to raise awareness of the ever-growing plight of homeless animals in the United States, in shelters as well as those abandoned in the streets. There are way too many fantastic animals that are euthanized every day just because they are homeless. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC introduces these animals to the public and educates them that unwanted companion animals are not damaged goods or unworthy, but can be fostered into wonderful family pets. Sadly, the abuse, neglect, cruelty and medical cases cost shelters the most money, and often are the first animals to euthanized.