Elegant benefit gala for the UWS' collective backyard.


Riverside Park Conservancy celebrated the Park’s historic 135th Anniversary with an outdoor cocktail reception and seated dinner at the 79th Street Boat Basin Café. The benefit gala honored Alan & Kathy Trager. Caroline Rhea served as the Master of Ceremonies and attendees enjoyed a special performance by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, Sophie B. Hawkins. Other elements included a silent and live auction.

Michelle Paul Events was extremely professional, knowledgeable, and most of all unflappable, and raised the standard for our annual gala to a whole new level.
— Andrea Kann, Vice President of Institutional Advancement | Riverside Park Conservancy
Michelle’s extreme talent for planning a successful event means you and your guests can simply show up and enjoy. She is detail oriented, passionate and a born leader who gets the job done! I want more events in my life just so I can work with Michelle Paul Events!
— Molly MacDermot, Gala Co-Chair | Riverside Park Conservancy

Transformation of raw space with gorgeous tablescape of florals, lanterns, and dinnerware.

Special performance by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins along with Peter Calo.

Emcee Caroline Rhea and auctioneer Becca Starr.

Gala Committee Kris Neimeth, Cathy Deckelbaum, Lori L. Bassman, RPC Vice Chair Andrea Krantz, Molly MacDermot and Amber Ortolano.

Guests peruse unique items at the silent auction.