Lauren Crowley Corrinet might be exaggerating when she calls Evening in the Garden, an annual fundraiser at the Conservatory Garden, the "coolest thing ever," but she makes a good case. "There's delicious food, live music, cocktails, great company, it's outside at the most beautiful place in the City, and it supports Central Park. If you're a young professional in New York, why wouldn't you go?"
Evening in the Garden, taking place this year on June 26, is the flagship event of the Greensward Circle, a group of young Conservancy donors, age 21-39, who work to shape the future of Central Park. Lauren has been a Greensward Circle member for years. She says the group is big enough to make a difference, but small enough for individual members to be heard. "It offers a great balance of what you give and what you get," Lauren said.
What Greensward Circle members get is a chance to meet and collaborate with a group of like-minded peers who care as much as they do about Central Park. "I've been so impressed by the people I've met. They're all thoughtful young people trying to get more people involved in the Park," Lauren said. Members also get access to exclusive events like Evening in the Garden, and private tours of the Park by the Conservancy experts who care for it.
Like most of the Conservancy's members and volunteers, Lauren feels that giving back to the Park is the right thing to do. "Central Park was designed to be for everyone, so everyone should pitch in," Lauren said. "If everyone gives a little, the Park can continue looking this good forever."