October 9, 2013
Attending This Year's Friends Of Hudson River Park Gala
Last Thursday, October 3, the Friends of Hudson River Park hosted a gala at Hudson River Park’s Pier 57. The Hudson River Park is considered the largest open space project in Manhattan since Central Park. The Pier was transformed into a magical space, using props that would be found in the park. More than 900 guests were in attendance to celebrate the amazing growth and success of this extraordinary project. Hugh Jackman was the evening’s gracious host with notable speakers such as Denis Leary, Brook Shields, and Sarah Kay. Goldman Sachs and Michael E. Novogratz of Fortress Investment Group were honored for their commitment to Hudson River Park. As a witness to the tremendous transformation of this park, it’s comforting to know that this open space initiative has so many dedicated supporters.
1 Entering the event space at Pier 57, with my guests Mark Sikes, Kate Berry and Kevin Sharkey.
2 The space was beautifully lit with colors that expressed the mood of the city and river at night.
3 A "centerpiece"
4 More than 900 guests were in attendance!
5 A bar was set up beneath a park setting.
6 I asked this fellow why his shirt was so smudged.
7 A very friendly guest
8 Posing for a photo with Peter and Kaija Braus, Brooke Shields, Stacey Goergen, and Madelyn Wils - President and CEO of the Hudson River Park
9 The center stage was a sensational lit up tree.
11 Here's a better look at that tree.
12 Mark Sikes, me, Kate Berry, and Hans Toro of Guggenheim Partners
13 The table centerpieces featured photographs taken in the park. These scenes are from last summer.
14 The DJ, beneath a photo of the park's many volunteers who rallied to pitch in after Hurricane Sandy.
15 Hudson River Park suffered over $30 million worth of damage in the Superstorm last fall.
16 Another centerpiece
17 The party decorators got adventurous and turned their attention to the ceiling – usually an unused space. Here, a riverside picnic was suspended upside down.
18 Catering was provided by Danny Meyer's Union Square Events. The salad course featured fresh watermelon radishes.
19 An auction paddle! Bidding on auction items after dinner brought in hundreds of thousands of much-needed dollars to support the park.
20 A suspended park bench and bicycle
21 An umbrella and beach blanket
22 A fully loaded trike
25 A nice shot of Mark Sikes and Kate Berry
26 Posing with Hans Toro of Guggenheim Partners
27 A stunning view of Jersey City across the Hudson
28 Matthew David, the event planner and designer and MSLO's Heather Kirkland
29 Throughout the evening, the doors of the pier were open, showcasing the beautiful nighttime view down river.
30 With Joel Grey - Academy Award winning actor
31 Mike Steib, President, XO, talking to Paul and Claudia Shaum. Claudia runs Corporate Communications for my company.
32 Hugh Jackman was the host for the evening, conducting the auction.
33 Hugh, a great friend of the park, and his wife, Deborra Lee, and their children, are frequent visitors.
34 Writer and actor Denis Leary
35 Gregory Boroff is the Executive Director of Hudson River Park.
36 This is Michael Novogratz, who was honored at the gala.