Junior Committee’s Event Will Benefit Free Public Programming
BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy is pleased to announce the second annual All Hallows Eve Bash, hosted by the conservancy’s junior committee, on Saturday, Oct. 29, at One Brooklyn Bridge Park. After a very successful event in 2010, this year’s bash will feature a heroes and Villains theme, costumes and a costume contest, specialty cocktails, a silent auction, Halloween candy, hors d’oeuvres, and much more Halloween-themed fun.
The event is sponsored by One Brooklyn Bridge Park Condominiums; RAL Companies and Affiliates, LLC; and Cumberland Packing Corporation’s Sugar in The Raw, Stevia In The Raw, and Agave In The Raw brands.
The Conservancy’s Junior Committee is a group of more than two dozen young professionals in their 20s and 30s who are dedicated to promoting the park and encouraging support of the conservancy and the park among their peers. The committee launched in October 2009 and, since the group’s first event in February 2010, has reached more than 500 new donors and constituents and raised more than $40,000 to benefit the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy.
“I am thrilled to be part of the planning for the junior committee’s second annual Halloween party,” remarked Hilary Tholen, chair of the junior committee. “I love being able to raise funds that will directly affect so many of my Brooklyn neighbors. The park offers many diverse events and programs, and the proceeds from this event will allow the variety of offerings to grow.”
“The junior committee has been an amazing addition to the Conservancy,” said Nancy Webster, executive director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. “We greatly appreciate their efforts to garner support for the park, to inform their peers about the conservancy, and to raise interest in our events. The All Hallows Eve Bash was tremendously successful and fun in 2010, and we look forward to throwing Brooklyn’s best Halloween party again on the 29th!”
The first annual All Hallows Eve Bash raised $23,000 for the Conservancy in October 2010 and welcomed approximately 350 costumed guests. After the success of the first event and overwhelming positive feedback from attendees, the committee expects a greater turnout this year and anticipates a greater profit to benefit the conservancy’s free public programming.
Guests are encouraged to come in costumes corresponding to the theme “Heroes and Villains”; the event’s best-dressed guests will receive special prizes. For entertainment, local artist Geoff Matters will illuminate the venue’s walls with a signature lighting design installation; one wall will also feature a classic thriller film streaming throughout the night. Brooklyn Radio’s Dan Martino, aka Soultastic, will spin tunes for the guests, including classic Halloween songs like the Monster Mash and contemporary favorites.
“It is a pleasure to partner with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy for this spooktacular event within the retail space at our building,” said Ian Levine, CFO/COO of RAL Companies, which is developing One Brooklyn Bridge Park, the borough’s top-selling residential building. “As we continue to build a vibrant residential community within the property and also offer new retail outlets the conservancy’s efforts to foster the parks activities, offerings, and patronage make One Brooklyn Bridge Park the perfect venue for this event.”
“We are thrilled to be a lead sponsor of the Conservancy’s All Hallows Eve Bash for the second year,” remarked Steven Eisenstadt, president and CEO of Cumblerland Packing Corporation. “This event is a great way for us and for the community to support the conservancy and their dedication to providing fun and free programming in Brooklyn Bridge Park.”
The Junior Committee has also organized a small raffle for the event, with a wide variety of locally sourced items.
Guests will be able to purchase raffle tickets with the chance to win items like jewelry from designer Marissa Alperin, dinner at Brooklyn Heights hot spot Colonie, magazine subscriptions to Bon Appétit and Art in America, and much more. Borough President Marty Markowitz has also donated a very special personalized auction item, which will be revealed at the event.
Benchmarc Events, owned by chef Marc Murphy, will cater the event, providing crudités and Mediterranean-inspired hors d’oeuvres. To satisfy everyone’s Halloween sweet tooth, Benchmarc will also provide freshly-spun cotton candy, and a variety of classic sugary confections will be available. To immortalize the evening, the local photo booth company Have Booth Will Travel will take personalized portraits of guests, which will be available for download or purchase on their website after the event. There will also be an open bar the entire evening, pouring locally brewed beer from Brooklyn Brewery, wine, and Halloween cocktails.