On Wednesday, March 13, the Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA) hosted its 2019 Fielding Dreams Gala at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City, and the sold-out event raised over $1 million.
The event, co-chaired by Lucy Fato, executive vice president and general counsel of AIG, and Justin G. Hamill, partner at Latham & Watkins, LLP, honored the Governors Ball Music Festival and U.S. women’s soccer legend Carli Lloyd.
Aimee Boden, president of Randall’s Island Park Alliance, commented, “We are so grateful to this year’s honorees for their commitment to Randall’s Island cultural events and youth athletics. Their support, along with the generous support of our trustees, business and community partners, continues to allow Randall’s Island to be a special place in the city where there is something for everyone to enjoy.”
The evening began with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and a speaking program emceed by Doug Williams, host of SNY’s “Baseball Night in New York.” Chief Strategy Officer of Live Nation Entertainment Jordan Zachary presented the Fielding Dreams Award to Tom Russell of The Governors Ball Music Festival. Sunil Gulati, former president of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), introduced and presented Carli with the Champion for Children Award.
Each speaker reflected on Randall’s Island Park’s crucial role in providing New York City’s children with a safe and well-maintained place to play sports and pursue their athletic dreams.
Tom Russell, co-partner of Founders Entertainment and the owner of Governors Ball Musical Festival, said, “As native New Yorkers, our goal from the onset was to bring our hometown a marquee music festival that New Yorkers could call their own. We know that none of it would have been possible without a venue as special and unique as Randall’s Island and a partner as supportive as RIPA.”
Carli Lloyd accepted the award and reflected, “I was once a girl who had a dream and who loved playing sports, loved going to my local field down the street from me. You are seeing less and less kids being active and it is truly remarkable to see what you have done with this complex. What you guys are doing here at Randall’s Island Park Alliance is fantastic.”
About the Randall’s Island Park Alliance:
The Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA), founded in 1992, is a public-private partnership with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation that seeks to realize the unique potential of 330 waterfront parkland acres anchoring Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens. RIPA works with the city and local communities to provide an innovative and exciting destination through a wide range of sports venues, cultural events and environmental exploration.
As the dedicated steward of Randall’s Island Park, the Alliance sustains, maintains, develops and programs the park to support the well-being of all New Yorkers. The park offers miles of waterfront pathways, almost nine acres of wetlands, an urban farm, a track and field stadium, a golf center, a 20-court tennis center and over 60 new playing fields, as well as the Harlem River event site.
For more information, please visit http://www.randallsisland.org/.
Via Randall’s Island Park Alliance; Photos by Angela Pham/BFA