2017 GALA

The 19th annual Hudson River Park Gala sparkled in celebration of the Park we love! Joined by more than 1,000 of our most devoted supporters, we honored Park heroes, filled Pier Sixty and Pier 62 with laughter and festivity, and broke our fundraising record.

The star-studded, sold-out evening opened with Cocktails by the Carousel at Pier 62 in Hudson River Park, where guests enjoyed sweeping views of the picturesque Chelsea lawn bowl, a dazzling fireboat show on the river, and a playful peek at our newest environmental education innovation—the Roving River Tricycle mobile aquarium.

As the sun set over the majestic Hudson, the Cobra Performing Arts Marching Band rallied the crowd to Pier Sixty, where guests took their seats among luxuriant décor that truly brought our Park’s verdant ecosystem to life. Special guests Mike Myers, Seth Meyers and Coco Rocha guided us through a festive dinner program — highlighting the Park’s astounding  transformation and bright future, and celebrating the contributions of our esteemed honorees, Citi’s CEO Michael L. Corbat, Friends Board Vice Chair Justin Sadrian, and the legendary Robert De Niro.

Truly a night of memorable moments: team Myers/Meyers kept us laughing; eloquent remarks by former mayor Michael Bloomberg drew a standing ovation; and a spirited auction, led by Lydia Fenet, featuring lots from Seth Meyers, Martha Stewart, Gloria Gaynor and Robert De Niro, kept bidders on the edge of their seats! A powerful performance by Gloria Gaynor closed out the incredible evening in high style.

This year's Gala raised $3.27 million — more than ever before — to benefit New York's Park for Play. Thank you to all of our wonderful Friends, and to our Volunteer Sponsor, Citi, and Park Sponsors, Brookfield and Chelsea Piers, who helped make this event such an overwhelming success. The generosity and dedication of supporters like you is crucial to the continued care and enhancement of our beloved backyard, ensuring that Hudson River Park will continue to enhance the lives of New Yorkers for many years to come.

The Hudson River Park Friends Gala has always been a premier NYC event, joining Friends from myriad communities and all facets of industry for one unifying purpose: to celebrate New York’s Park for Play and lend support to its continued care and ongoing, exciting expansion.

Gala Co-Chairs
Sukey and Michael E.  Novogratz
Diana L. Taylor and Michael R. Bloomberg
Mia Jung and Scott M. Lawin
Paula and Eric Madoff
Megan Walsh Shaoul and Ben Shaoul
Kerianne and James Flynn

Invite you to join us for the


6:00 PM: Cocktails by the Carousel, Pier 62
7:30 PM: Dinner & Program, Pier Sixty
9:30 PM: After Party & Performance, Pier Sixty

Robert De Niro
Michael L. Corbat
CEO, Citi
Justin Sadrian
Special Guests
Seth Meyers
Mike Myers
Special Performance by
Gloria Gaynor
Sound Design and DJ 
Bill Coleman

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Please join us on October 12th as we pay tribute to our honorees’ accomplishments and their commitment to Hudson River Park, the city's premier waterfront park, which attracts millions every year to its reconstructed piers, educational programming and limitless recreational activities. As this nearly 550-acre park and estuarine sanctuary receives no public funding for its annual operating budget, your support is crucial to guarantee that this vital destination and urban oasis continues to flourish and grow.

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For a glimpse at last year's celebration, visit Friends of Hudson River Park's 2016 Gala.