Gala Events



NYRP Spring Picnic

NYRP's annual Spring Picnic has quickly become a highly anticipated New York City tradition – celebrating the season with a salute to all things spring. So get out your gingham, roll up your sleeves and dig into a barbeque feast with all the fixins'. No one can combine a pig roast with a champagne toast like the divine Miss Bette Midler – making NYRP's Spring Picnic the fun and fab place to be and be seen every May under the stars at one of the gorgeous New York City green spaces that NYRP has helped restore.

Past picnics have been held in Fort Washington Park, NYRP's Swindler Cove Park, Fort Tryon Park and Tompkins Square Park – serving up great grub and an eclectic array of guests, including America Ferrera, Iman, Tony Bennett, Glenn Close, Katie Couric, Tim Gunn, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, John Lithgow and Sarah Jessica Parker – to name a few!

To help make sure that the winter blues are bid farewell, each year NYRP's own resident force of nature, Bette, leads everyone in a raucous sing-a-long to the delight of many and the dread of some. All in good fun as attendees enjoy cocktails, dinner, entertainment and dancing at one of New York City's most venerable vernal events!


NYRP Hulaween

Hundreds of star-studded guests were dressed as disguised divas, and fabulous fashionistas at the annual Hulaween 2012, Bette Midler's annual gala benefit that raises important funds for New York Restoration Project (NYRP). 

Legendary band, Blondie were the featured performers for the evening. Joining Ms. Midler and Michael Kors, were John McEnroe and Patty Smyth, Debra Messing, Trey Parker, Nina Garcia and David Conrad, Martha Stewart and many more.

Dress for the event was "Costume or Else" with CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award-winning designer Michael Kors scrutinizing the always-creative and colorful crowd for winners of the annual costume contest. Judy Gold emceed, using her Emmy-award winning stage presence to run the show.

Amy Goldman, Ph.D. and Cary Fowler, Ph.D. were presented with the “Wind Beneath My Wings” Award.

Co-Chairs for the evening were: Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones; Edmund Hollander, Fasla; Michael Kors and Lance LePere; Ellen and Richard Levine; Peter Marino; and Clifford Ross.

View photos of Hulaween 2012 on Facebook.