Press Release

June 21, 2018

2018 Evening in the Garden Brings Together Young Philanthropists in Support of the Central Park Conservancy

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Greensward Circle Leadership Council Photographer: Samantha Nandez/

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Evening in the Garden Host Committee Photographer: Samantha Nandez/

More than 500 young New Yorkers gathered together at Central Park’s Conservatory Garden (Fifth Avenue and East 105th Street) on Wednesday, June 20, for the 13th annual Evening in the Garden, the flagship summer benefit hosted by the Greensward Circle, the Central Park Conservancy’s network of young professionals. The event raised over $120,000 in support of the Conservancy’s mission to restore, maintain, and enhance Central Park.

Guests enjoyed stunning views of Central Park’s only formal garden, and leisurely strolls through its six acres of gorgeous blooms and lush landscapes. Food was provided by Ocean Prime New York, the MasalaWala, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, Spoonable Spirits, Angel of Harlem, Georgetown Cupcakes SoHo, and Insomnia Cookies. Coppersea Distilling and Tres Papalotes Mezcal offered drinks and mixers. The Sugar Tones brass band played live music, with additional tracks by DJ SMA. Support was also provided by Manhattan Magazine.

“Evening in the Garden is my favorite night of the summer!” said Lauren Junge, a member of the event’s host committee. “Standing underneath the wisteria pergola and looking out over the 12-foot-high fountain, with Fifth Avenue in the distance, is a quintessential moment of summer. I've been so lucky to meet some of my closest friends as a member of the Greensward Circle. And as a native New Yorker, being able to give back to Central Park — and have fun while doing it — makes the evening even more special.”

Nicholas D’Angelo and Hilary Thompson served as the event co-chairs. Serving on the host committee were Sarah Belz, Avishan Bodjnoud, Meagan Camp, Alice Cash, Elizabeth Corbin, J.D. Crabtree, Katherine Czech, Nicholas D'Angelo, O'Neill Dewey, Asad Dilawari, Bethany Dobson, Emily Dubinsky, Alexandra Hancock, Rachel Hunter, Scott Jeffrey, Lauren Junge, Rebecca Kerns, Anthony Malizia, Karina Martin, Asia Mernissi, Thomas Moore III, JP Panier, Andres Perea-Garzon, Vishal Rana, Lindzi Rebernik, Aline Reynolds, Lisa Saguirian, Chloe Schachter, Marc Sutton, Joy St. John, Kyra Toomre, Julia Zamorska, and Irina Zheleznyak.