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Central Park Conservancy Hosts Annual Luncheon

by Kristopher Fraser Photographed by Shannon McLean
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
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The Board of Directors of the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy hosted its Annual Fall Luncheon at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Monday, September 26.


The event began with a reception, followed by the traditionally excellent luncheon in a ballroom with stunning views of Central Park. After lunch, guests got to enjoy a special conversation between Thomas P. Campbell, the director and chief executive officer of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and ABC News correspondent and Central Park Conservancy trustee Deborah Roberts.


The event was attended by Suzie Aijala, president of the Women’s Committee, and her co-chairmen Virginia Apple, Ann Clairmont, Lauren Kenny and Paige Rustum. Additional notable attendees included Noreen Buckfire, Norma Dana, Anne Harrison, Rachel Hovnanian, Tracey Huff, Eleanora Kennedy, Sheila Labrecque, Karen LeFrak, Alexia Leuschen, Kamie Lightburn, Karen May, Gillian Miniter, Marcia Mishaan, Neda Navab, Yesim Philip, Jenny Price, Barbara Cirkva Schumacher, Sharon Teles, and Douglas Blonsky.


“As the Women’s Committee kicks off its 35th anniversary celebration, it is so wonderful to see that this annual event has once again brought together many of the Women’s Committee’s most loyal supporters. It is such an honor to be among so many friends of the Central Park Conservancy who are dedicated to help maintain and improve one of the most beautiful parks in the world,” said Suzie Aijala, president of the Women’s Committee.


This year, the event rose a record breaking $215,000.


For the sixth year in a row Van Cleef & Arpels provided sponsorship.


Learn more about the Central Park Conservancy at centralparknyc.org


All photos by Max Lakner for BFA.




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