On The Avenue

Randall’s Island Park Alliance Celebrates a Milestone Moment

by Wendy Sy Photographed by Angela Pham & Rommel Demano/BFA.com
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

This year, Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA) hit the big 2-5. In celebration, the non-profit organization hosted their Anniversary Gala at the David H. Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center Tuesday night.

All eyes were on power couple Richard and Christine Mack, who were recognized for their continuous support and commitment to RIPA. A ball field in the park will be named “Mack Field” in their honor. “If you have children in New York City, there are very few options for them to participate in athletics. I think it is incredibly important for their imagination to compete and meet people from all different cultures,” says Richard, who serves on the RIPA board of trustees. “That’s what they get at Randall’s Island.”

The Macks refer to the park as their backyard and have spent countless weekends on site playing football, lacrosse, soccer and riding bikes with their kids. “It’s an amazing place where arts, cultures and sports gets integrated,” says Christine. “I hope visitors are surprised by what they find there—the magnitude of how big it is and all the different events going on.”

Across the room was recipient of the Champion for Children Award and board member of youth organization Harlem RBI, Mark Teixeira. The former New York Yankee grew up practicing wiffle ball with family and friends before becoming a Major League Baseball All-Star. Now living in Greenwich, Connecticut, with kids of his own—ages 11, 9 and 6—what he loves most, is the quality time they spend playing sports together. “You have to appreciate that in such a dense place like New York City, you have a group of people who have dedicated 25 years in finding a place for kids to play,” he says.

After the cocktail reception, guests enjoyed the dinner portion of the evening led by master of ceremonies Brian Sullivan, host of CNBC’s “Power Lunch”. Co-chairs of the event included Michael Boxer, Lucy Fato and Mark Greene. More than $1.6 million was raised for RIPA to help provide free and public children’s programs, park stewardship and restoration.


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