On The Avenue

New Yorkers Go West in Support of Yellowstone

by Kelly Laffey Photographed by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

On Thursday, February 1, New Yorkers channeled their wild side at the Yellowstone Forever Young Patrons benefit.

Held at LAVO, the event raised funds and awareness for America’s first National Park. The evening was co-chaired by Alice Ryan, Jackie Rooney and Arielle Patrick. 

Home to such iconic natural wonders as Old Faithful Geyser, the Grand Prismatic Spring, Mammoth Hot Spring and Steamboat Geyser, Yellowstone spans nearly 3,500 square miles of wilderness across Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. 

The park attracts nearly 4.2 million visitors each year, and Yellowstone Forever Young Patrons is the first young patrons group in the national parks system. With a goal of engaging more visitors and future stewards, the organization taps into a growing desire in urban areas to give back to Yellowstone in a way that is both accessible and actionable. The organization works with Yellowstone Forever to preserve the park for future generations, helping to fundraise for such initiatives as a state-of-the-art LEED certified education center at Mammoth and a recently completed renovation of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone viewing center. The organization also offers over 600 educational offerings, and maintains a grant program for the park.

Last week’s third-annual event raised $85,000 from silent auction items and ticket sales, packing LAVO with over 500 National Park revelers. DJ Lenny Emery kept the party going until 11 p.m., and guests stayed hydrated with drinks from sponsors Triple Eight Vodka by Cisco Brewers, Stella Artois, Archer Roose Wine, Yellowstone Whiskey and Ilegal Mezcal.

Appropriately for our readers, an after-party at Avenue followed. 


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