On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, my husband and I attended the 2016 Fielding Dreams Gala Cocktail Reception for the Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA). The event took place at the American Museum of Natural History, a classic place for a gala.
RIPA, the old Randall’s Island Sports Foundation, had its start in 1992 as a public-private partnership with the City of New York. They were the organization that came up with what Randall’s Island is today. A beautiful place for the residents of New York City to have a place to enjoy their outdoor activities from sports to Cirque du Soleil and everything in between. Most importantly for RIPA is the importance of promoting active and healthy living for New York’s children.
The gala is an annual event for RIPA and this night was honoring tennis legend and Hall of Famer John McEnroe. John McEnroe was recognized for his long-time support and work towards the resurgence of Randall’s Island Park as a sports destination for local youth.
Through the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, a program that runs out the Park’s SPORTIME Tennis Center, John works to identify and inspire young tennis players and provide them with opportunities that may otherwise have been out of reach.
It was my husband’s suggestion to attend since John McEnroe was a huge influence on my husband’s youth, and how he behaved on the field when he was playing sports. My husband’s first words when he saw John McEnroe were, “You can’t be serious!” And then went on to tell me all about his sportsmanship and the influence he had had on him.
The cocktail reception was a fun, beautiful evening to remember. I was happy to support such a great organization, especially the work they do for engaging children in sports.
Photos by BFAnyc.com/Will Ragozzino Carl Timpone and by Socially Superlative