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Central Park Conservancy Women’s Committee Celebrates Sixth Annual Playground Partners Winter Luncheon


Central Park Conservancy Women’s Committee Celebrates Sixth Annual Playground Partners Winter Luncheon

The benefit featured a lively conversation between Aerin Lauder and Stellene Volandes.


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Talene Baroyan, Emily McLellan, Stephanie Hessler, Aerin Lauder, Stellene Volandes, Heather McAuliffe, Mary Beth Adelson, Sana Clegg

Talene Baroyan, Emily McLellan, Stephanie Hessler, Aerin Lauder, Stellene Volandes, Heather McAuliffe, Mary Beth Adelson, Sana Clegg
Photo credit: Sean Zanni/PMC via Getty Images


January 31, 2019

The Playground Partners of the Central Park Conservancy Women’s Committee hosted its sixth annual Playground Partners Winter Luncheon at the Rainbow Room on Wednesday, January 30. The sold-out benefit featured a lively conversation between Aerin Lauder, Founder and Creative Director of AERIN, and Stellene Volandes, Editor in Chief of Town & Country. The funds raised support the mission of the Playground Partners’ to preserve and maintain Central Park’s 21 playgrounds.

While reminiscing about raising her children in Manhattan, Aerin Lauder asked, “What would New York be without Central Park?” Stellene Volandes agreed with the sentiment and shared with the over 300 guests that her vow for 2019 is to walk in the Park every day.

"The Central Park Conservancy salutes our Playground Partners,” said Elizabeth W. Smith, President and CEO of the Central Park Conservancy. “Their work is vital to the maintenance and management of Central Park’s beloved playgrounds.”

Alexia Leuschen, President of the Women’s Committee, was joined by the Luncheon Co-Chairmen Mary Beth Adelson, Talene Baroyan, Sana Clegg, Stephanie Hessler, Heather McAuliffe, and Emily McLellan, Women’s Committee Board Advisor, Karen T. May, and Playground Partners Committee Co-Chairs, Whitney Mogavero and Elizabeth Villar. Additional notable attendees included Gillian Miniter, Veronica Swenson Beard, Shirin Christoffersen, Kate Davis, Ainsley Earhardt, Tracey Huff, Sharon Jacob, Lauren Kenny, Kristy Korngold, Neda Navab, Margo M. Nederlander, Yesim Philip, Barbara H. Scott, Gigi Stone Woods, and Margaret Zakarian.

Guests enjoyed magnificent views of Central Park as well as cocktails, a specially designed seasonal menu, and chic tablecloths donated by India Amory.

The luncheon was sponsored by The Colony Hotel through the generosity of Sarah Wetenhall.


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.

About the Playground Partners
The mission of Central Park Playground Partners is to maintain the quality and cleanliness of Central Park’s 21 playgrounds. The funds they raise go directly towards the preservation, care, and daily inspection of these play spaces. To learn more, visit centralparknyc.org/playgroundpartners.


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Paul Lerner
917.698.9998
plerner@optimistconsulting.com
212-446-2241

EVENT CONTACT

Laura Hall
212.310.6615
lhall@centralparknyc.org
212-446-2241