Women’s Committee

The Women’s Committee is a community of Central Park philanthropists with a passion for preserving and enhancing Central Park.

With a membership of 1,000 the Women’s Committee has provided invaluable support and raises critical funds for the general operations of the Park. Since its inception in 1983, the Women’s Committee has raised over $195 million. Notable successes have included raising funds for the reconstruction of the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, the two-time renovation of Safari Playground, the re-creation of the urns at Bow Bridge, and the future restoration of Conservatory Garden.

The Women’s Committee is governed by its own Board of Directors, led by President Yesim Philip, who was elected for a two-year term in June of 2020.

Women's Committee Events

  • Women's Committee Fall Luncheon

    The Women’s Committee Fall Luncheon is a festive event that raises funds for the general operations of the Park. Become a Women’s Committee member at the sustainer level and above to receive an invitation.
  • Playground Partners Winter Luncheon

    Each year, the Playground Partners host the Winter Luncheon to raise funds for the daily care and maintenance of Central Park’s 21 playgrounds.
  • Playground Partners Annual Family Party

    The Annual Family Party raises dedicated funds for the Playground Partners. This family-friendly fundraiser takes place in late spring at the famous Heckscher Playground, and features fun for all ages — from music to magic.
  • Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon

    The Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon is the signature event of the Women’s Committee, and is the premier luncheon in New York City. This invitation-only event raises over $4 million and honors some of the Park’s biggest supporters. Become a Women’s Committee Member at the Patron level or above to receive an invitation.