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Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy honors Michael Bloomberg in Black Tie Ball

Sold out event raises $1 million for BBP

October 9, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Supporters of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy gathered at the Pier 2 Promenade Thursday night to honor the efforts of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. From left to right: BBP Conservancy Executive Director Nancy Webster, BBP Board President Regina Myer, Bloomberg and NYC Economic Development Corp. President Maria Torres-Springer. Eagle staff photos
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The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy held its third annual Brooklyn Black Tie Ball and After Party Thursday night on Pier 2. The sold out event hosted over 1,000 guests and raised $1 million a new record for the Conservancy and an increase from $625,000 in 2014.  

The event included a cocktail reception and seated three-course meal on Pier 2, with the New York City skyline serving as a magnificent backdrop. After the ball, the Conservancy Currents, the Conservancy’s young professional group, hosted a ticketed after party where guests participated in a high-energy gathering. It included an open bar, snacks and dancing under the stars with DJ Herbert Holler from the Freedom Party.

At the event, the Conservancy honored Michael Bloomberg, the city’s three-term mayor and founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Bloomberg led a major expansion of the City’s parks during his tenure, including being the driving force in the creation of Brooklyn Bridge Park. His strong leadership as mayor was essential to the park’s transition from once abandoned piers to a vibrant space enjoyed by Brooklynites and people from around the world.

“We were thrilled to honor Mike Bloomberg at our third annual Brooklyn Black Tie Ball,” said Nancy Webster, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. “His vision as Mayor was critical in the creation and growth of Brooklyn Bridge Park, and his commitment to green parks and public spaces will be part of his lasting legacy to all New Yorkers.”

Other special guests included Maria Torres-Springer, the president of the city’s economic development corporation; Dan Doctoroff, the president of Bloomberg L.P.; and Jim Cramer, the host of CNBC’s hit show “Mad Money.” 

Proceeds from the Brooklyn Black Tie Ball will benefit the Conservancy’s 500 free and low cost programs, which help keep the Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront vibrant and thriving. In 2014, over 170,000 individuals enjoyed Conservancy events, including kayaking, waterfront workouts and environmental education classes for school groups. 

“The Brooklyn Black Tie Ball has become a wonderful autumn tradition at the park and a great way to support our partners at the Conservancy,” said Regina Myer, President of Brooklyn Bridge Park. “We congratulate honoree Michael Bloomberg, without whom there would be no Brooklyn Bridge Park, and are grateful to everyone for their commitment to Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Conservancy.” 

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