Party in the Park 2018 Recap
On Monday, April 23rd, over 400 of Mad. Sq. Park’s friends and neighbors attended Party in the Park, the Conservancy’s spring gala. We honored Ron Pizzuti, Chairman and CEO of The Pizzuti Companies and longstanding MSPC Board Member and Chair of the Art Committee, for his dedication to Madison Square Park, and celebrated 2018 Mad. Sq. Artists Diana Al-Hadid, whose Delirious Matter will debut in the Park in May, and Arlene Shechet, whose Round and Round will debut in the Park in September. Attendees and supporters helped raise more than $1.1 million to support the Conservancy’s world-class art and horticulture programs, as well as park maintenance and security.
Guests were treated to cocktails around the reflecting pool with a preview of Diana Al-Hadid’s Delirious Matter, and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres prepared by Meir Adoni of Nur. The High & Mighty Brass Band led everyone to their seats, where they were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime dinner prepared by Bogdan Danila of The Clocktower, David Shim of Cote, and Mark Welker of The NoMad, making the warm spring evening unforgettable.
The Park’s transformed Oval Lawn hosted a lively evening of food, drink, and conversation. Remarks were made by honoree Ron Pizzuti, Conservancy Board Chair Sheila Kearney Davidson, event co-chair and MSPC Trustee Gayle Klein, and last but not least Executive Director of Madison Square Park Conservancy Keats Myer. Each speaker offered praises to the Park for being the oasis in the City it is today, and Party in the Park honoree Ron Pizzuti commended the Conservancy’s Art Program for providing access to sculpture to more than 60,000 park goers each day. The evening culminated in an exciting live auction and paddle raise led by Christie’s auctioneer, Robbie Gordy.
The steadfast generosity of our supporters enables the Conservancy to maintain the Park and enhance it for future generations. We are grateful to our co-chairs Gayle & Jeffrey Klein, Corporate Chair Sony Corporation of America; to honorary co-chairs Hon. Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President, Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, New York City Council District 2, and Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, Department of Parks and Recreation; Honorary Committee Teresita Fernández, Ann Hamilton, Jim Hodges, Josiah McElheny, Martin Puryear, Erwin Redl, Duke Riley, and Ursula von Rydingsvard; Corporate Benefactors Marianne Boesky Gallery and Porcelanosa; and Park Benefactors Ron & Ann Pizzuti, Joe Rose, and Jamie Welch & Fiona Angelini. Thanks also to Corporate Leaders George Comfort & Sons, Inc., Jamestown, L.P., and Loeb Partners Realty, L&L Holding Company, LLC, Madison Equities, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York Life Insurance Company, The Rudin Family, and Angela Westwater, Sperone Westwater.
The event was also supported by Park Leaders Donation in memory of John P. Clay, Edward P. Bass & Sasha C. Bass, Michael L. Kahn; Corporate Champions 15 Madison Square North, ABS Partners Real Estate, LLC, Con Edison, CBRE, Galerie Lelong & Co., GFP Real Estate LLC, Leslie Spira Lopez & Mark Lopez, Kew Management , Miles McEnery Gallery, One Madison Condominium, Pace Gallery, and Richard Gray Gallery; and Park Champions Melissa & Dan Berger, Carol Hagen-Holt & Lester Holt, Bill Lukashok & Janet Pines, Neil Luthra, Audrey & Sean MacIsaac, and Kathleen McCarthy & Matthew Baldwin. Our thanks to everyone who made Party in the Park possible.
Last but not least, the Conservancy would like to thank our Auction Co-Chairs Olga Armer and Hayley Hashemi, as well as the amazing Bogdan Danila and The Clocktower, David Shim and Cote, Mark Welker and The NoMad, and Meir Adoni and Nur.