Press Release

January 31, 2019

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

Pgp winter luncheon 2019

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

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 & 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.