Randall’s Island Park Alliance Hosts Fielding Dreams Gala

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
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On Tuesday, March 8, Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA) hosted its annual Fielding Dreams Gala that paid tribute to this year’s honoree, tennis legend and Hall of Famer John McEnroe. The esteemed athlete joined RIPA at the American Museum of Natural History in recognizing the importance of promoting active and healthy living for New York City’s children.

RIPA is an organization that works with the City and local communities to provide innovative and exciting destination for New York’s kids through a wide range of sports venues, including exciting free year round cultural events for the entire families, in order to encourage healthy lifestyle. Some of their recent improvements include Icahn Stadium, an IAAF-accredited track & field facility, the 20-court Sportime Tennis Center, the renovated golf center, an urban farm, and more.

2016 Gala attracted more than 600 guests, such as Patty Smyth, Amanda and Matthew Detmer, NYC Parks & Recreation Commissioner Mitchell Silver and Mary Silver, NYC Parks & Recreation Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh, Christine and Richard Mack, Claudio Reyna, Lucy Fato and Matt Detmer, David and Allison Blitzer, Aimee Boden, Michael and Melissa Boxer, Fabien Cousteau, and many more.

The vibrant event was led by Master of Ceremonies Greg Amsinger, MLB Network Studio Host and Co-Chaired by Rodney Cohen and Justin G. Hamill. The evening began with introductions by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, noted photographer and wife of the late Arthur Ashe, and continued with a cocktail reception, where guests from all walks of life joined McEnroe and RIPA in their worthy efforts to make New York City’s youth healthier.

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