Over the past few years, NoMad has attracted an incredible community of creative visionaries from the world of restaurants, design, architecture, technology and fashion. When so much dynamic talent exists within a single area, it is a challenge to bring these busy people with different interests together in one place, at one time. But, Party in the Park, the fabulous annual Madison Square Park Conservancy spring gala, has emerged as THE come-together event of the year for NoMadders.
On May 16th, more than 400 community members gathered on the Oval Lawn of the Park to socialize while enjoying great cocktails and some of the wonderful gourmet food NoMad has to offer. The event is always a sell out and becomes more popular every year. The crowd is exciting and it is in a glorious setting. Surrounded by the beauties of the park in twilight, the party glows under the stars and glimmering lights, once the sun goes down.
The dinner offering for Party in the Park guests is always extraordinary, and this year was no exception. Hors d’oeuvres were by April Bloomfield and Charlene Santiago of The John Dory Oyster Bar. The first and main course were by Mario Batali of Eataly and Phillippe Massoud of Ilili. Dessert was by John Doherty of Black Barn.
This year, Party in the Park celebrated Jim Heekin, the CEO of Grey Group, as a special honoree. The event program also toasted Josiah McElheny, the artist behind the upcoming public art installation Prismatic Park. At Experience NoMad, we congratulate the new Conservancy Board Chair, Sheila Kearney Davidson, who was hailed at the event along with some of the Conservancy’s most devoted patrons.
$1.1 million was raised for the continued maintenance, safety enhancements and cultural programming of the park.
If you ever want to see all the best of NoMad together in one place, reserve a ticket for the 2018 Party in the Park and do your part to ensure that Madison Square Park remains a bucolic jewel amid the city’s towers and bustle.