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Hudson River Park Gala

On Thursday, October 7, Park supporters came together in appreciation of Hudson River Park and all that this green and blue oasis provides to millions of New Yorkers at our annual Gala, raising more than $2.5 million to keep the Park clean, green, beautiful and growing.

On Thursday, October 28, we extended the celebration virtually, and all were invited take part. Thanks to the generosity of our Gala supporters, combined with our Capital Campaign donors and a tremendous Challenge Match from Friends Board Chair, Mike Novogratz, we were able to complete funding for the $3.5 million Pier 26 Science Play Area. Your support will ensure this one-of-a-kind, imagination-inspiring play space becomes a reality for NYC families.

Thank you to our sponsors and supporters and all who attended and contributed to making our 2021 Gala such a momentous success – the generosity and dedication of our community help ensure that Hudson River Park will continue to thrive, grow and enhance the lives of New Yorkers.

Want to relive the experience? You can enjoy our fabulous virtual program here. For a closer look at the October 7 in-person event, explore our 2021 Gala Gallery.

Hudson River Park Gala

Thursday, October 7, 2021
Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers
With Cocktails by the Carousel at Pier 62


Madelyn Wils
Past President and CEO
Hudson River Park Trust

Accepted by Ruth Porat
CFO of Alphabet and Google


Alan Cumming
Actor, Author and Activist

Special Performance by
Wyclef Jean

Hosted by
Mario Cantone
Actor and Comedian

6:00 PM Cocktails
7:30 PM Dinner, Live Auction with Lydia Fenet and Special Musical Performance

Gala Chairs

Diana L. Taylor and Michael R. Bloomberg
Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller
Susanna Aaron and Gary Ginsberg
Erica and Samuel F. Martini
Sukey and Michael E. Novogratz
Lee and Justin Sadrian
Zara and David Tisch

Honorary Committee

Sandra Bernhard, David Chang, Andy Cohen, Claire Danes, Kristin Davis, Harvey Fierstein, Deborra-Lee and Hugh Jackman, Padma Lakshmi, Nathan Lane, Julianne Moore, Eric Ripert, Susan Sarandon, Martin Short, Martha Stewart

Host Committee

Leslie Abbey and Stephen Dietz, Jonathan Andrew, Charles R. Bendit, Stephen Blau, Emma Bloomberg and Jeremiah Kittredge, Anthony Borelli,  Kaija and Peter L. Braus, Ben Brown, James Capalino, James Corner, Kara and Patrick Dennis, Steve and Jenny Dutton, Jennifer Foley, Jonathan Foster, Tom Frambach, Meredith Guelbert, Beth and Peter Hammack, Risa Heller, Sonia and Paul Jones, Mia Jung and Scott M. Lawin, Neil King, Sean and Sarah Lambert, Jessica Lappin, Randi and Jeffrey Levine, Paula and Eric Madoff, Maria and Gaetano Muzio, Carol Ott, Paul Pariser, Joseph Rose, Lucinda Sanders, Carlo A. Scissura, Dean Shapiro, Leanne and Richard Tavoso, Ronald Treveloni, Jr., Will Turton, Lindsay and Mark Van Zandt, Suwattana and Román Viñoly, Melissa and Greg Wasserman, Rob Wiesenthal, Emily White, Daniel J. Williams, Madelyn and Steven Wils

2021 Gala Sponsors and Supporters*

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

River Sponsors

BLADE UAM, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Citi, Turner Construction

Park Sponsors

Chelsea Piers, Downtown United Soccer Club, Jamestown, LP, Terminal Warehouse


Google, Erica and Samuel F. Martini, Sukey and Michael E, Novogratz


Beth and Peter Hammack, Lee and Justin Sadrian


Susanna Aaron and Gary Ginsberg, Douglaston Development, Edison Properties, Natalie and Edward Emerson, Hudson Square Properties / Hines / Tishman, IAC Foundation, iStar / Safehold, Sonia and Paul Jones, Sean and Sarah Lambert, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Melissa and Greg Wasserman


Emma Bloomberg and Jeremiah Kittredge, Kaija and Peter L. Braus, Brookfield Properties, Chicago Title Insurance Company, Consolidated Edison, Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP, Kara and Patrick Dennis, Hunter Roberts Construction Group, Mia Jung and Scott M. Lawin, Neil King / CBRE, Paula and Eric Madoff, OLIN / Mueser Rutledge / Tillett Lighting / Pentagram / Silman, Oxford Properties Group, Joseph Rose, RXR, Leanne and Richard Tavoso, Diana L. Taylor, Zara and David Tisch, Trevcon Construction Company, Lindsay and Mark Van Zandt / BentallGreenOak, Suwattana and Román Viñoly, Madelyn and Steven Wils


Jonathan Andrew, Jessica Contrastano-Rahn and Joshua Rahn, Judith Feder, Jennifer Foley, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, James Corner Field Operations, KPMG LLP, New York Building Congress, Taconic Partners LLC, Turton Bond, Vinson & Elkins LLP

Supporters (Patrons)

Leslie Abbey and Stephen Dietz, Dru Brooks, CAPALINO, Jon Halpern, Hudson Yards, Craig Kanarick, Igor Vaysberg, Robert Verrone, ViacomCBS

Supporters (Stewards)

Taryn Blank, Catherine and David Juracich, Maria and Gaetano Muzio, Signe Nielsen, Kate Regan and Ken Silverman, Brian Rowland, STUDIOS Architecture

Supporters (Benefactors)

Andrew and Alana Axelrod, Stefania Bethlen, Stephen Blau- CFI Office, Nilda Bracero, Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP, Kari and Greg Cohen, Caroline Donahue, Downtown Lower Manhattan Association, Steve and Jenny Dutton, Eastern Region Helicopter Council, Jonathan Foster, Pam Frederick, Dimitry Goncharov, Kasirer, Rebekah Klipper, Olson Kundig, David Lee, Madison Square Garden Entertainment, Vinay Menda, Mike and Krista Nickols, Carol Ott, Mehul Patel, Risa Heller Communications, Robert Derector Associates, Haley and David Schwartz, Ron Weiner

With Additional Support From

Kyra Barry, Connie S. Fishman, Sonya Fiske, Mark Flannery, Adam Fleisher, Jonathan Krane, Andie and Jon Kully, Sean Petersen, Tamryn Shami, Robert K. Steel, Dhaval Stewart, Colin Teichholtz, Ronald A. Treveloni, Damien Vanderwilt, Kristen and Daniel J. Williams

*As of October 7, 2021

In accordance with the current City of New York’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate, the Hudson River Park Gala will require proof of vaccination for any guests, staff members, or individuals on-site. This requirement may change in accordance with any future City or State mandates.

Details and instructions for proper documentation will be sent to you and your guests when we get closer to the event.

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With your contribution, HRPK Friends can continue to help support the Park’s annual operations, maintenance and programming including the Park’s horticulture, volunteerism, environmental education, cultural and sustainability programs.

Thank you for helping us raise funds for the Pier 26 Science Play Area in Tribeca, a marine science-focused play area inspired by wildlife and the Hudson River habitat.