2016 GALA


The Friends of Hudson River Park 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
Mia Jung and Scott M. Lawin
Sukey and Michael E.  Novogratz
Megan Walsh Shaoul and Ben Shaoul
Diana L. Taylor

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: Dessert and Performance by CeeLo Green, Pier Sixty

Hosted by
Harry Connick, Jr.

Matthew Broderick, Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, Paula Madoff

Special Performance by
CeeLo Green

DJ Lina Bradford
DJ Bill Coleman

Décor Design by
Raúl Àvila

Produced by
Josh Wood Productions

Please join us on October 13th 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.

Tickets and Tables for the Annual Gala are currently available. For more information and to reserve, please contact:

STAMP Event Management
212-219-0111 x7008
Or, reserve online

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please contact:
Mark Cheever
212-757-0981 x734


Thank you! Your generosity is invaluable and helps ensure the success of Friends of Hudson River Park's Gala.

Honorary Committee
Kevin Bacon, Susan Cahn and Mario Batali, David Chang, Blythe Danner, Harvey Fierstein, Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller, Todd Haimes, Padma Lakshmi, Nathan Lane, Terrence McNally and Tom Kirdahy, Bette Midler, Ruby and Matthew Modine, Kelli O'Hara, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Hyde Pierce, Eric Ripert, Susan Sarandon, Marc Shaiman, Martin Short, Martha Stewart, Oliver Stone, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, Scott Wittman

Host Committee
Susanna Aaron and Gary Ginsberg, Jasmine and Michael Barr, Cathy Blaney, Anthony Borelli, Kaija and Peter L. Braus, Capalino+Company, Lilie and Steven Charno, Jennifer Cohan, Jessica Contrastano and Joshua Rahn, Suwattana Daomanee and Román Viñoly, Raphael De Niro, Lisa and Geoffrey Feldkamp, Pam Frederick and Charlie Stuard, Sandra and Dennis Friedrich, Stacey and Rob Goergen, Suni and Woody Harford, Emily and Douglas Heitner, Catherine and David Juracich, Sonia and Gaurav Kapadia, Randi and Jeff Levine, Eric Madoff, Erica and Sam Martini, Madelyn Mejia and Michael Stern, Leigh Nisonson, Joseph B. Rose, Lee and Justin Sadrian, Blair and Luke Scheuer, Tammy and Paul Schulman, Peter A. Seccia, Megan Sheetz and Trevor Price, Marla Smith and Tom Berkenkamp, Olivia Song and Scott Rofey, Lindsay and Mark Van Zandt, Melissa and Greg Wasserman, Melanie and David Whelan

Greg Agran, Paula and Eric Madoff, Erica and Sam Martini, Sukey and Michael E. Novogratz, Megan Walsh Shaoul and Ben Shaoul

Citi, Goldman Sachs, Lee and Justin Sadrian

Susanna Aaron and Gary Ginsberg, Douglaston Development, Edison Properties, Natalie and Edward Emerson, Fidelity National Title Insurance Co, The Georgetown Company, Beth and Peter Hammack, Sonia and Paul Jones, Mia Jung and Scott M. Lawin, Kevin Lalezarian, Maher Charitable Foundation, Oxeon Partners, Joseph B. Rose, RXR Realty, Megan Sheetz and Trevor Price, Melanie and David Whelan

111 Murray Street, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Eileen and Karl Baumert, Kaija and Peter L. Braus, Capalino+Company, Chicago Title Insurance Company, Jessica Contrastano and Joshua Rahn, Cushman and Wakefield, Inc., Keith Cynar, Suwattana Daomanee and Román Viñoly, Deutsche Bank, Douglas Elliman Development Marketing, Downtown United Soccer Club, Eastern Region Helicopter Council, Edelman, Lisa and Geoffrey Feldkamp, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, Justin Gmelich, Goldberg Weprin Finkel Goldstein LLP, Goldman Sachs Foreign Exchange Team, Stacey and Rob Goergen, GreenOak Real Estate, GVLL / Pier 40 Champions, Suni and Woody Harford, Hodges Ward Elliot, JDS Development Group, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP, Kensington Vanguard National Land Services, KPMG LLP, The Madison Square Garden Company, Meridian Capital Group, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Nomura, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Orr, Muhammad Qubbaj, Mr. and Mrs. Mahesh Reddy, Paul Russo, SHoP Architects, Slate Property Group, Marla Smith and Tom Berkenkamp, Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking, Olivia Song and Scott Rofey, Darcy Stacom, William Shanahan and Paul Leibowitz, Tavros Holdings, Trevcon Construction, Co., Inc., Melissa and Greg Wasserman, Madelyn and Steven Wils

Mary S. Glucksman, Sarah and Jon Halpern, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Related Hudson Yards, Lindsay and Mark Van Zandt


Entertainment Sponsor:  New York Cruise Lines

Waterfront Sponsor:  IAC

Hotel Sponsor:  Dream Downtown

*As of 09-22-2016

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Several sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact or call 212-757-0981 x734


For a glimpse at last year's celebration, visit Friends of Hudson River Park's 2015 Gala.