New York City
- For four hours on Tuesday evening (October 26), Central Park became a jungle of goblins, spiders, crows, ghouls, witches, monsters and eccentrics. It was the 15th Annual Central Park Conservancy
Halloween Ball. This year the party was renamed "The Green Ball," a sort of perfect name; the Park is the greenest place in Manhattan.
Guests enjoyed the music and dancing.
In fact, this was the City's first major costume event of "Halloween Week." The weather was mild, the forecast of rains and winds never materialized, but over 400 guests did. In brief, it was a monster success and raised $700,000 for CPC, which provides 85 percent of Central Park's operating budget.
They celebrants came to Rumsey Field, which is also known as Summerstage, to dine, dance and party in an eerie green wonderland designed by Frank Alexander
NYC and produced by Melissa Kinsella
, CPC Director of Special Events.
Leaving the cares of the City behind, and entering through a dark portal into a series of vaulted tents, were the Chairmen Suzanne
and Robert Cochran
and Co-Chairmen Judy
and John Angelo
and Jonathan Korngold
and Stuart Subotnick
, Patsy and Jeff Tarr
, Julie Wurts
, Kipton Cronkite
, Corrente Schankler
and Amy Tarr
The interior of the first tent, the cocktail area, was shrouded in black fabric and spider webs. It was filled with fog pierced by shards of light. Crawling spiders perched on and around the large wooden bar while cloud formations drifted across the ceiling, revealing glimpses of a full harvest
moon. Butlers passed through the crowd offering a variety of hors d'oeuvres.
Kristy and Jonathan Korngold.
The Dinner Tent was decorated with moss, massive weeping willows. Black crows seemed to pop up here and there observing the festivities. The mouth-watering, dinner menu was created by Danny Meyer
's Union Square Events and HobNob provided the fine wines.
Maestro DJ Tom Finn
kept the dance floor shaking. Revelers, included CPC President Doug Blonsky
; Chairman of the Board Thomas L. Kempner
with his wife Kitty
; NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe
; Women's Committee President Gillian Miniter
with her husband Sylvester
; Emcee and WABC meteorologist Lee Goldberg
; Spencer Wadama
representing The Surrey Hotel; Liz
and Jeff Peek
and Eric Rudin
and John Klopp
; Jeff Tarr, Jr.
and James Benenson
; Shauna Brook
; Christine Cochran
; Lauren Cochran
; Judith-Ann Corrente
; Vim Kooyker
; Jennie Tarr
; Chris Coyne
; Clay Floren
; Beatriz Garcia
; Blake Moore
; Cynthia Weiler
and Stephen Rich
, Sabrina Wirth
and Toby Usnik
A team of judges, WABC personalities Lauren Glassberg
and Kemberly Richardson
joined Harlan Bratcher
, President and CEO of A/X Armani Exchange
reviewed photographs of the costume contestants. Prizes, stays at one of Manhattan's East side gems, The Surrey Hotel, were presented by categories. They were: Best Group: The Tea Partiers, members of the John Stossel
table; Best Individual: The Concession Lady, Julie Smith
, who was a part of the Treasures of the Park group; Best Green Costume: The Tea Bag Couple, Rosalind
and Ken Landis
, and Best Couple: Sully and the Wayward Goose: Ana
and Rick Blank
At the bewitching hour of 11 p.m., the dance floor was crowded. As everyone was ushered out, you could hear the guests exchanging ideas for next year's costumes.
Ghosts, goblins, and guests had a great time.