GOSH!About: RIPA’s Fielding Dreams 2016 GALA

GOSH!About: RIPA’s Fielding Dreams 2016 GALA

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I love it when a cause is so supportive of its community and the children. If you have not heard of RIPA – Randall’s Island Park Alliance , or Fielding Dreams, then let us enlighten you.

Yesterday evening, Tuesday March 8th 2016, Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA) paid tribute at its Fielding Dreams Gala to the evening’s honouree, tennis legend and Hall of Famer John McEnroe, who joined RIPA in recognizing the importance of promoting active and healthy living for New York City’s children. More than 600 guests attended this vibrant event, led by Master of Ceremonies Greg Amsinger, MLB Network Studio Host, with introductions by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, noted photographer and wife of the late Arthur Ashe.



The Gala was Co-Chaired by Rodney Cohen and Justin G. Hamill, and the Dinner Committee was Co-Chaired by Melissa Boxer, Christine Mack and Jenny Slayton-Green.

The Gala was held at the beautiful American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West/ 79th Street in New York City.


Patty Smyth, Honouree and tennis legend John McEnroe, photographer and wife of late Arthur Ashe Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe attend the 2016 Randall’s Island Park Alliance Fielding Dreams Gala at American Museum of Natural History on March 8, 2016 in New York City.

In attendance among John McEnroe and Patty Smyth were  Amanda Detmer, NYC Parks & Recreation Commissioner Mitchell Silver & Mary Silver, NYC Parks & Recreation Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh, Christine & Richard Mack, Claudio Reyna, Lucy Fato & Matt Detmer, David & Allison Blitzer, Aimee Boden, Michael & Melissa Boxer, Fabien Cousteau, Michael & Hester Chang, Rodney & Caryn Cohen, Scott & Aleksandra Cragg, Andrea Feirstein & Frank Schiff, Jerome & Mary Goldman, Justin Green & Jenny Slayton-Green, Mark & Jane Greene, Richard & Pamela Gross, Fred Harner & Carol Perry, Amie Hadden, Jackie Harris, Jon & Juliana May, Sylvester & Gillian Miniter, Leslie & Curt Myers, Daniel & Nancy Neff, Bradford & Kate Peck, Ricky & Mara Sandler, Robert & Julie Schaffer, Patricia & Mark Shifke, Marisa Rose van Bokhurst, and Sam & Katherine Weinhoff among many others.


More About Randall’s Island Park Alliance:

The Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA) works with the City and local communities to provide an innovative and exciting destination through a wide range of sports venues, cultural events and environmental exploration. As the dedicated steward of Randall’s Island Park, the Alliance sustains, maintains, develops and programs the Park to support the wellbeing of all New Yorkers. Recent Park improvements include Icahn Stadium, an IAAF-accredited track & field facility; the 20-court Sportime Tennis Center; the renovated golf center; an urban farm; nearly 20 acres of restored wetlands and natural areas; miles of waterfront pathways; and over 60 new playing fields. RIPA now works to fund, implement and expand public programs to make the most of these remarkable facilities. In partnership with dozens of local public schools and community-based organizations, RIPA annually brings thousands of children to the Park for free sports and environmental education activities at the Stadium, wetlands and urban farm. RIPA also offers a range of free year-round family-friendly events at the Park, including festivals at the urban farm, waterfront and wetland activities, open runs at Icahn Stadium, garden tours and more. For more information, please visit: http://www.randallsisland.org

To learn more about this wonderful event, please contact:

Sarah Kingsley, Sharp Communications 212.829.0002 x103, sk@sharpthink.com

photo credits: Courtesy of Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA)



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