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Park Supporters Celebrate At Sold-Out Spring Gala

June 1

Festively attired guests flocked to Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 on Tuesday to attend the Park’s annual spring gala. The Friends of Hudson River Park and Hudson River Park Trust drew a sold-out crowd of 830 New Yorkers who came together to celebrate the Park, with $1.6 million net proceeds going to support operations and programming. Held in the Park for the first time, the May 29 event attracted prominent leaders in New York’s government, business and entertainment sectors, including Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and former Governor George E. Pataki.

Joined by a who’s who of New York real estate, finance and West Side enthusiasts, this year’s event honored Dubin, Chairman & CEO of Highbridge Capital Management, who has long been active in community-building philanthropic causes. Dubin is a founding Board member and former Board chair of Robin Hood Foundation, as well as a Board member of Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he and his wife, Eva, founded the Dubin Breast Center.

Park supporters gathered under a custom-built tent with views of the water designed to showcase both the natural beauty of the Park—featuring fresh blossoms, live terrariums and wispy Hudson River grasses—as well as the vast array of activities it provides New Yorkers. Throughout the evening hosted by Gayle King, co-anchor of CBS This Morning, guests were surprised with performance art elements showcasing the Park’s many offerings, including dog walkers, runners, and basketball players.

Announced at the gala, the Park is auctioning VIP Madonna tickets for her September tour dates at Yankee Stadium. All proceeds go directly to support operations and park programs, both of which receive no public funds.

Hudson River Park is grateful to all the donors who made the event a smashing success.


As of May 25th


Gabrielle & Louis Bacon : The Durst Organization


Eva & Glenn Dubin : Sukey & Mike Novogratz : Mr. & Mrs. Robert K. Steel


Citi : Goldman Sachs : Paula & Eric Madoff


360 Design Events, Ltd. by Matthew David Hopkins and Laurie Stolowitz
Bloomberg : Brookfield Office Properties : Eastern Region Helicopter Council
Edison Properties LLC : Edward John & Patricia Rosenwald Foundation
Lauren & James Houghton : Sonia & Paul Tudor Jones II
Mia Jung & Scott M. Lawin : Erica & Sam Martini : Nancy & Fred Poses
Joseph B. Rose: RXR RealtyTaconic Investment Partners LLC
Warburg Pincus : Donna Zaccaro & Paul Ullman : William Zwart


150 Charles Street : Susanna Aaron & Gary Ginsberg
Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP : The Braus Family and Lee & Associates NYC
Christine Brogan : Buro Happold/Happold Consulting : C&K Properties
Capalino+Company : Ray Chambers : Chelsea Piers Management
Circle Line 42/World Yacht LLC : Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
Douglas Elliman Development Marketing : Lisa & Geoffrey Feldkamp
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP : William J. Gilbane III
Jeffrey M. Kaplan : Macy's and Bloomingdale's : Shelly & Tony Malkin
Audrey & Danny Meyer Julianne Moore & Bart Freundlich
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank : Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. : REBNY Foundation
Lee & Justin Sadrian : Sciame Construction : Megan Sheetz & Trevor Price
Skanska USA Building : Lizz & Tyrone Smith : Spectra Energy
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Kelly & Jay Sugarman Foundation
Crystal & Vipul Tandon and Henley & Xabi Vazquez
Tavros Development Partners : Tishman, an AECOM Company
Tishman Speyer : Verizon : William & Mary Greve Foundation/Tony Kiser
Madelyn & Steven Wils : Youngwoo & Associates LLC