Inside The Central Park Conservancy Fifth Annual Autumn Gala

by Kristyn Hanner · November 9, 2015

Inside the Central Park Conservancy Fifth Annual Autumn Gala

On Wednesday night, the Central Park Conservancy hosted their fifth annual Autumn in Central Park Benefit, turning the Naumburg Bandshell into an enchanted forest in the heart of the park. Hundreds of guests gathered in a tent turned picturesque party scene for an evening of dinner and dancing beneath the stars. The autumnal ambiance was absolutely breathtaking and managed to reflect the magic that radiates from Central Park year round. Attendees sipped seasonal cocktails, enjoyed a fall menu, and were individually gifted a sapling planted in their honor courtesy of Northern Trust, the sponsor of the event. Everyone got on their feet for some after-dinner dancing to the talented and versatile Starlight Orchestra whose repertoire ranged from Pharrell, to Aretha Franklin, to Nirvana and kept the room abuzz until the last uber took off.

The fall fĂȘte successfully raised over $1.1 million to help fund the Conservancy's mission to maintain the Park.

Who was there: Guests included Tom and Kitty Kempner, Dianna DiMenna, Fe and Alessandro Fendi, Judith Giuliani, Deborah Roberts, Fiona and Eric Rudin, Meg and Bennett Goodman, Anne and Bill Harrison, Sharon and Bill Jacob, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter, Stephanie and Fred Shuman, Charles Altchek, Sara and Michael Bernard, Samuel P.C. Dangremond, Allison Fast, Rob Gorrie, Katie Harrison, Lucinda and Theodore May, Amsale Aberra, Suzie and Ainar Aijala, Judy Hart Angelo, Liz Atwood, Douglas Blonsky, David Blowers, Suzanne Cochran, Somers Farkas, Patti and Eric Fast, Tom Gold, Mitchell Jacobson, Michal and Avraham Kadar, Kamie Lightburn, Leni and Peter May, Karen and Tony May, Marcia Mishaan, Elyse Newhouse, Amelia Ogunlesi, Andrea Hagan, Paul Parker, Didi and Oscar Schafer, Mitchell Silver, Betsy Smith, Tina and David Storper, Patsy Tarr, Lois Robbins, Andrew Zaro, and Laura and William Zeckendorf.