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Hudson River Park Friends Gala

On Thursday, October 13, the Hudson River Park Friends Gala celebrated Hudson River Park and all that this green and blue oasis means to our community and all of New York City. Because of the generosity of dedicated Park supporters, we were able to raise more than $2.6 million to keep the Park beautiful, green and growing for all to enjoy.

The evening began with cocktails at Pier Sixty with stunning views of the Hudson River, featuring a live performance by the Marching Cobras and freshly shucked oysters provided by Grand Banks.

Host Michelle Collins kicked off an evening full of laughter, music and appreciation for the outstanding recreational, cultural and environmental resource the Park provides New York City, as well as the exciting growth ahead.

The evening’s celebration honored Hudson Yards, a partnership of Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group, and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, and Friends presented the Chair’s Leadership Award to Michael E. Novogratz. Closing out the evening, a powerhouse performance by Mavis Staples got the crowd on its feet and ensured this year’s Gala was a night to remember.

Led by Harry Santa-Olalla, an exciting live auction invited bidders to compete for fabulous lots — all contributing to the HRPK 550 Fund: Care for Every Acre, which supports the Park’s landscapes and gardens, education and estuary research, environmental sustainability and free public programming and events. 

Thank you to our sponsors and supporters and all who attended and contributed to making the 2022 Gala a momentous success. Your generosity and dedication help ensure that Hudson River Park will continue to thrive, grow and enhance the lives of New Yorkers. 

For a glimpse of this special night, explore our 2022 Gala Gallery!

The Hudson River Park Friends Gala joins Park supporters together for one unifying purpose: to keep Hudson River Park beautiful, green and growing. Join us as we celebrate our blue and green oasis and show our appreciation for what Hudson River Park means to our community and to all of New York City. 

Gala invitation 2022

Hudson River Park Friends Gala

Due to the forecasted rain, the entire event will be held at Pier Sixty.6:30 PM Cocktails, Pier Sixty (LOCATION AND TIME CHANGED)7:30 PM Dinner & Program, Pier Sixty9:30 PM Dessert & Performance, Pier Sixty

The 2022 Hudson River Park Friends Gala is SOLD OUT. For information about tickets and tables, please contact

Hudson Yards

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson 

Chair’s Leadership Award
Michael E. Novogratz

Special Performance by
Mavis Staples

Hosted by
Michelle Collins

Gala Chairs
Diana L. Taylor and Michael R. Bloomberg
Natalie and Ed Emerson
Beth and Peter Hammack
Sarah and Sean Lambert
Erica and Sam Martini
Lee and Justin Sadrian
Zara and David Tisch

2022 Gala Sponsors and Supporters*

Thank you! Your generosity is invaluable and helps ensure the success of the Hudson River Park Friends Gala.

Honorary Committee
Andy Cohen, Alan Cumming, Claire Danes, Kristin Davis, Lea DeLaria, Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller, Jane Krakowski, Nathan Lane, Denis and Ann Leary, Lucy Liu, Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich, Catherine O'Hara, Zac Posen, Susan Sarandon, Martin Short, Martha Stewart

Host Committee
Leslie Abbey and Stephen Dietz, Wendy and David Amsterdam, Lisa and Jeff Blau, Emma Bloomberg and Jeremiah Kittredge, Anthony Borelli, Jonathan H. Canter, Natalie and Ed Emerson, Meredith Guelbert, Beth and Peter Hammack, Sonia and Paul Jones, Larry Keigwin and Christian Keesee, Sarah and Sean Lambert, Meryl and Joseph Levin, Robert Maher, Alejandra Naranjo, Stephanie Nelson and Tom Connolly, Lee and Justin Sadrian, Dean Shapiro, Zara and David Tisch, Ronald Treveloni, Jr., Suwattana and Román Viñoly, Seth Werbitt, Rob Wiesenthal, Daniel J. Williams

Hudson Sponsor
Bloomberg Philanthropies

Hudson Yards
Related Companies/Oxford Properties Group

River Sponsor
Park Sponsors
Born Kickers
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Terminal WarehouseWillkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Erica and Sam Martini

Chelsea Market, Chelsea Piers, Natalie and Ed Emerson, Beth and Peter Hammack, Sonia and Paul Jones, Sarah and Sean Lambert, Sukey and Michael Novogratz, Lee and Justin Sadrian, Turner Construction Company

Susanna Aaron and Gary Ginsberg, Wendy and David Amsterdam, Clarkson Square Partners, Douglaston Development, Edison Properties, Hines, Larry Keigwin and Christian Keesee, Meryl and Joseph Levin, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Leanne and Richard Tavoso, Zara and David Tisch, Melissa and Greg Wasserman

Emma Bloomberg and Jeremiah Kittredge, Kaija and Peter Braus, Brookfield Properties, Downtown United Soccer Club, DV Trading LLC, Georgetown Company, Jamestown, Mia Jung and Scott Lawin, Kensington Vanguard National Land Services, Stephanie Nelson and Tom Connolly, New York Cruise Lines, Oxford Properties Group, Joseph B. Rose, RXR, Haley and David Schwartz, Tavros Holdings, Trevcon Construction Company, Suwattana and Román Viñoly

Andy Sabin Family Foundation, James Corner Field Operations, KPMG, Rockwood Capital, LLC, UBS, Warner Media, Wells Fargo

Supporters (Patrons)
Leslie Abbey and Stephen Dietz, iStar/Safehold, Lauren Nanna and Robert Martin, William Radin

Supporters (Stewards)
Shannon Bauer Aronson, James Capalino, Kristin Cederholm, Maria and Gaetano Muzio

Supporters (Benefactors)
Patricia Adell and Jeffrey Sussman, AKRF, Jennifer Cohan and William Wilson, Candace Dyal, Jill and John Foley, Jonathan Foster, Alexandra and Grant Frankel, Gilbane Building Company, Rebekah Klipper and Alexander Klipper, Christopher Rizzo, Lies Sapp, Caroline Bliss Spencer and Tom Spanos, Adam Steckler

Special Thank You to
Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc/Alexandria Venture Investments, Stanley Druckenmiller, The Leon Levy Foundation, Paula and Eric Madoff, Diana L. Taylor, Madelyn and Steven Wils

*As of October 12, 2022



With your contribution, HRPK Friends can continue to help support the Park’s horticulture, environmental education, cultural and sustainability programs and more.