Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront gala raises record $1.35 million
In a night full of celebrities and New Yorkers alike, the Brooklyn Black Tie Ball near Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 2 basketball courts, raised a record $1.35 million for the park Thursday night.
The event, organized by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, was hosted by television and film star Jon Hamm with a musical performance from Grammy-winner Norah Jones.
The fifth annual event of its kind raised money to support over 600 activities and events at the park, which include kayaking, waterfront workouts and environmental education, according to a statement.
The park’s international acclaim brought 170,000 visitors to Conservancy events in 2017 so far, with a total of 1.6 million people taking advantage of the programs.
The Conservancy honored Douglas Durst, chairman of The Durst Organization, for his longstanding commitment to sustainability and the environment. The Conservancy also honored Hank Gutman, chairman of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, who has been deeply involved in the effort to build Brooklyn Bridge Park since his appointment to the board of the original Brooklyn Waterfront Local Development Corporation in 1998.
Other guests at the gala included, Mayor Bill de Blasio, host of CNBC’s “Mad Money” Jim Cramer, NBA star Mike Dunleavy, actress Keri Russell and her boyfriend actor Matthew Rhys.