Playground Partners of the Central Park Conservancy Women's Committee Celebrates 27th Annual Family Party, Sponsored by Nordstrom
Playground Partners of the Central Park Conservancy Women's Committee Celebrates 27th Annual Family Party, sponsored by Nordstrom
The family-friendly event raised $350,000 to support Playground Partners’ mission to keep Central Park’s 21 playgrounds safe, clean, and well-maintained.
Left to right: Susannah Rose, Austen Cruz, Jenna Bush Hager, Ashley Carlson, and Margo M. Nederlander.
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May 22, 2019
More than 1,200 parents and children gathered together on a warm and sunny day at Central Park’s beloved Heckscher Playground on Wednesday, May 22, for the Playground Partners 27th Annual Family Party, hosted by the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy. Generously sponsored by Nordstrom, the family-friendly fundraiser featured a lively afternoon of interactive games, music, and entertainment. The event raised $350,000 to support Playground Partners’ mission to keep Central Park’s 21 playgrounds safe, clean, and well-maintained.
Hosted at Central Park’s largest and oldest playground, the fundraiser is the only event of the year held inside a Central Park playground, offering a unique opportunity for New York City families to engage with their local community.
Today Show co-anchor, author, and journalist Jenna Bush Hager and husband Henry Hager served as the 2019 Honorary Chairs. Party Co-Chairs were Ashley M. Carlson, Austen Cruz, Margo M. Nederlander, Susannah Rose, and Sarah J. Wetenhall. Playground Partners Co-Chairs Whitney Mogavero and Elizabeth Villar were joined by Women's Committee President Alexia Leuschen and Elizabeth W. Smith, President & CEO of the Central Park Conservancy.
Benefit Committee members and notable guests included Katherine Birch, Anne Black, Shirin Christoffersen, Sana Clegg, Ainsley Earhardt, Amandine Freidheim, Samantha Gellert, Gillian Hearst, Lauren Kenny, Karen LeFrak, Clémence von Mueffling, Stefano Tonchi, Chris Wanlass, Gigi Stone Woods, and Margaret Zakarian.
The event featured a variety of activities for children ages six months to 10 years old, including puppet shows and a photo-op with The Very Hungry Caterpillar, stroller parking by Nuna Baby Essentials, planting station with Nordstrom and Native Shoes, cupcake decorating by Sprinkles Cupcakes, chess games with Chess at Three, basketball with Fastbreak Sports, sand art with Craft Studio, soccer with Super Soccer Stars, and music with Juliette & Ella's Playdate.
About the Central Park Conservancy
The Central Park Conservancy is a private, not-for-profit organization that manages Central Park and is responsible for raising the Park's annual operating budget. The Conservancy’s staff of more than 300 is responsible for all aspects of the Park’s stewardship, from day-to-day maintenance and operations to continued restoration and rebuilding projects. Additionally, the Conservancy operates the Park’s visitor centers, provides public programs, and serves as a resource for other NYC parks and for public-private partnerships around the world. For more information, please visit centralparknyc.org.
About Playground Partners
Playground Partners is a program of the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy that is geared towards families with children 10 and under. The mission of the Playground Partners is to maintain the quality and cleanliness of Central Park's 21 playgrounds. The funds raised by Playground Partners go directly towards the preservation, care, and daily inspection of these play spaces. For more information, please visit centralparknyc.org/playgroundpartners.
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