2018 Gala

Hudson River Park’s 20th Anniversary Gala brought together more than 1,000 of HRPK's most enthusiastic supporters and honored leaders, attendees rejoiced in how far our waterfront has come in two short decades and toasted to the exciting future that lies ahead – all while raising $3.2 million dollars to support our west side backyard.

The evening abounded with moments of laughter, song and jubilation. Host Jay Leno kept us entertained throughout the evening as we celebrated the incredible transformation Hudson River Park has achieved in its first twenty years. We celebrated our three esteemed honorees – Award-winning Actor, Claire Danes; Deputy Mayor of the City of New York and Vice Chair of Hudson River Park Trust, Alicia Glen; and Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of RXR Realty LLC, Scott Rechler – whose remarks inspired the crowd and paid homage to the Park.

Natalie Merchant captivated the room with a soulful and emotional performance, invoking her love of the Hudson River, and a lively auction led by Lydia Fenet brought cheers from the room as bidders competed for lots from Martha Stewart, Jay Leno, the Whitney Museum and more. We closed out the evening with a striking tribute to the Park piers' earlier years as House of Gorgeous voguers took to the dancefloor – a fitting finale to an evening of unparalleled celebration!

We are fortunate to benefit from such a generous and dedicated Park community – donors, Friends, advocates, volunteers and Park patrons. It's your support that helps ensure that HRPK remains beautiful, safe, clean and green, enhancing the lives of New Yorkers for many decades to come.

Want a closer look at our 20th Anniversary Gala celebration? Check out our Gala Gallery


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
Lee and Justin Sadrian
Megan Walsh Shaoul and Ben Shaoul

Invite you to join us for

Hudson River Park
20th Anniversary Gala

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Presented by RXR

Hosted by
Jay Leno

Claire Danes
Award-winning Actor

Alicia Glen
Deputy Mayor, City of New York
Vice Chair, Hudson River Park Trust

Scott Rechler
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, RXR Realty LLC

Special Performance by
Natalie Merchant

Gala Timeline

Pier Sixty at Hudson River Park

6:00 PM    Cocktails
7:30 PM     Dinner, Auction and Special Performance
10:00 PM   Desserts and Dancing

Tickets and Tables
For information on Contributor Tickets and Tables, and for all ticket and table inquiries:
212-757-0981 x742

Amy Molinero
212-757-0981 x734

Not able to attend? Support the Park and help us celebrate the 20th Year Anniversary by contributing to the 20th Anniversary Fund – with a goal to raise $500,000 in honor of this milestone. Gifts of $5,000 and above will be named on a plaque in the Park.


Thank you! Your generosity is invaluable and helps ensure the success of the Hudson River Park 20th Anniversary Gala.

Honorary Committee

Mario Cantone, David Chang, Andy Cohen, Kristen Davis, Robert De Niro, Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller, Sarah and Mike Dunleavy, Padma Lakshmi, Denis Leary, Lucy Liu, Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich, Chris Noth, Catherine O'Hara, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Renzo Piano, Eric Ripert, Susan Sarandon, Kyra Sedgwick, Emilia and Ryan Serhant, Martin Short, Oliver Stone, Martha Stewart, Trina Turk, Adam D. Weinberg

Host Committee
Susanna Aaron and Gary Ginsberg, Wendy and David Amsterdam, Ingrid Arneberg and Will Marin, Jasmine and Michael Barr, Tom Bernstein, Roland Betts, Anthony Borelli, Ben Brown, Tonio Burgos, James Capalino, Lillie and Steven Charno, Jennifer Cohan, Douglas Durst, Natalie and Edward Emerson, Adam Flatto, Beth and Peter Hammack, Walter Haydock, Emily and Douglas Heitner, Catherine and David Juracich, Sonia and Gaurav Kapadia, Natasha and Kevin Lalezarian, Randi and Jeff Levine, David W. Levinson, Erica and Sam Martini, Joshua Mermelstein, Gus Markou, Marc Ricks, Lee and Justin Sadrian, Dean Shapiro, David Tewksbury, Ronald Treveloni, Jr., Lindsay and Mark Van Zandt, Suwattana and Román Viñoly, Melissa and Greg Wasserman, Melanie and David Whelan, Madelyn and Steven Wils

Presented by

Gala Sponsors

Advantage Title, Andrew W. Albstein and Goldberg Weprin Finkel Goldstein LLP, Colony Capital, Darcy Stacom and Bill Shanahan, CBRE, The Kaplan Law Group, PC, Vornado


Erica and Sam Martini, Sukey and Michael E. Novogratz

Bloomberg Philanthropies, Citi, The Madison Square Garden Company, Scott Rechler, Lee and Justin Sadrian


Ingrid Arneberg and Will Marin, Atlas Capital Group, LLC, Brookfield Properties, Chelsea Piers, Con Edison, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Delta Air Lines, Douglaston Development, The Durst Organization, Eastdil Secured, Edison Properties, Natalie and Edward Emerson, The Feil Organization, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, The Georgetown Company, Google, Beth and Peter Hammack, Walter Haydock, IAC, Sonia and Paul Jones, L&L Holding Company, LLC, Sonia and Gaurav Kapadia, Lalezarian Properties, Jones Lang Lasalle, Mia Jung and Scott M. Lawin, Paula and Eric Madoff, Marcum LLP, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Normandy Real Estate Partners, Oxford Properties Group, Showtime Networks Inc. & Fox 21 Television Studios and 21CF, Taconic Investment Partners, Melissa and Greg Wasserman, Melanie and David Whelan


Wendy and David Amsterdam, Kaija and Peter L. Braus, Capalino+Company, Chicago Title Insurance Company, Douglas Elliman Development Marketing, Downtown United Soccer Club, Sarah and Mike Dunleavy, Edelman, Ernst & Young, FJM Ferro Inc. and JDS Development, GreenOak Real Estate, HBNY, Catherine and David Juracich, Sonia and Gaurav Kapadia, Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, Kensington Vanguard National Land Services, KPMG LLP, MacAndrew & Forbes Incorporated, MAKEABLE, Meridian Capital Group, Newmark Knight Frank, New York Cruise Lines, Related Companies, Emilia and Ryan Serhant, The Sugar Warehouse & Friends, Tavros Holdings, Tonio Burgos and Associates, Trevcon Construction, Co., Inc., Valeray Real Estate Company, Suwattana and Román Viñoly, Weeks Marine, Inc., Madelyn and Steven Wils


Sarah Currie-Halpern and Jon Halpern, Extell, David W. Levinson, George and Olga Tsunis

Please join us on October 11 as we pay tribute 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. Your support is crucial to guarantee that this vital destination and urban oasis continues to flourish and grow.

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Customizable sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please contact:

Amy Molinero
212-757-0981 x734


For a glimpse at last year's celebration, visit the 2017 Hudson River Park Gala.