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Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project Celebrates 15th Annual Spring Picnic

Evening Honored Chef/Restauranteur Marcus Samuelsson and

Home Depot’s Richard Gess

NYRP/Marcus Samuelsson Group collaboration announced

Over $1 million raised for NYRPs conservancy programs

NEW YORK (June 1, 2016) – New York Restoration Project (NYRP), founded by award-winning singer, entertainer, actress, and green activist Bette Midler, celebrated over two decades of transforming and beautifying New York’s urban environment last night with its annual Spring Picnic held at the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion. The evening’s host comedian and actress Sandra Bernhard joined Martha Stewart and architect/designer David Rockwell to honor award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson, the restauranteur behind New York hotspots Red Rooster, Streetbird and Ginny’s Supper Club, and The Home Depot’s Richard Gess. The Spring Picnic raised over $1 million to support NYRP’s mission to transform open space in under-resourced communities to create a greener, more sustainable New York City.

Sunset cocktails on the picturesque patio and dinner in the quaint garden were provided by Marcus Samuelsson’s Harlem restaurant Streetbird and Riza Printup, Riley Mulherkar Group, Chris Pattishall Quartet and Russell Hall entertained the crowd with light jazz throughout the evening. NYRP Executive Director Deborah Marton announced a new NYRP/Marcus Samuelsson Group collaboration to begin this summer. Community members in two of NYRP’s East Harlem gardens will grow produce for Streetbird, with revenue going directly to the gardeners.

“For two decades, NYRP has created green spaces in underserved communities, and what we know is that trees, gardens and open space do so much more than beautify neighborhoods – they transform lives,” said NYRP’s Executive Director Deborah Marton. “With support from generous New Yorkers and spirited partners like Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster Harlem and Richard Gess of The Home Depot, we are committed as ever to restoring and revitalizing our public spaces for a greener, more sustainable New York City.”

Among the hundreds of NYRP supporters also attending were Bette Midler, Michael Kors and Lance Le Pere, Linda Allard, Alex Cohen, Todd DeGarmo, Mica Ertegun, Vernon Evenson, Amy Goldman Fowler and Cary Fowler, Ed Hollander, Deborah Marton, Ben Needell, Brian Sawyer, Ryan Serhant, Mitchell Silver, Pamela and Allen Swerdlick, Brian and Linda Tauscher, and Barbara Wilks.

This summer, Morris-Jumel Mansion and NYRP are partnering to curate exciting cultural and volunteer event opportunities in Washington Heights. For more info on NYRP’s upcoming programming please visit www.nyrp.org/calendar.

New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is a non-profit organization driven by the conviction that all New Yorkers deserve beautiful, high-quality public space within ready walking distance of their homes. Since our founding in 1995 by Bette Midler, NYRP has planted trees, renovated gardens, restored parks, and transformed open space for communities throughout New York City’s five boroughs. As New York’s only citywide conservancy, we bring private resources to spaces that lack adequate municipal support, fortifying the City’s aging infrastructure and creating a healthier environment for those who live in the most densely populated and least green neighborhoods. To learn more, please visit http://www.nyrp.org.

Morris-Jumel Mansion, built in 1765 and the city’s oldest residence, is rich in history and bountiful in lush gardens. Once a Revolutionary War headquarters for George Washington, home to Eliza Bowen Jumel, the richest woman in America at the time, and later to former Vice President Aaron Burr, the mansion’s luxurious Georgian rooms more recently hosted Lin-Manuel Miranda, who composed parts of the musical Hamilton there. Today, the Mansion serves over 22,000 visitors each year with a special focus on students and hands-on, historical field trips. http://www.morrisjumel.org/


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