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Taste of Summer


Central Park Conservancy

 Taste of Summer
June 6, 2012

When:                   Wednesday, June 6, 2012; 7:00 – 11:00 pm


Where:                  Al fresco in a tent at Bethesda Terrace
(mid-Park at 72nd Street)


What:                    Taste of Summer brings together over 800 guests each June under the stars in Central Park for this distinctive kick-off to summer in New York City.  The event features culinary delights prepared by renowned New York chefs, a luxury-filled silent auction, and dancing to one of the City’s hottest DJs. 


Why:                     The event raises funds to benefit the Central Park Conservancy and its mission to maintain and preserve Central Park.


2012 Leadership:   Trustee Chairmen  Diana DiMenna, Jay Mandelbaum, and Norman Selb

Host Committee        Selmin Arat, Ashley Baker, Mario Buatta, Jill Lafer,

(in formation)            Alexandra Lebenthal, Patrick McMullan, Gillian Miniter, Nancy Sipp


Audience:              Attendees include New York social influencers, corporate leaders, media representatives and celebrities.  Notable names that have been a part of Taste of Summer include: Ted Allen, Sharon Bush, Chelsea Clinton, Lydia Fenet, Mariska Hargitay, Sandra Lee, Danny Meyer, Yoko Ono, Angel Sanchez, B. Smith, John Stossel, Tim and
Nina Zagat 


Tickets:                 Individual tickets are $400 each

Tables:                  The VIP Café is a reserved section with tastings provided by exclusive restaurants and is available only to table buyers.  This year’s VIP Café will be hosted by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group.  Tables in the Café are:

§  $20,000 for 10 guests with preferred seating (Also includes endowment of a mature tree in the area adjacent to Bethesda Terrace with a personalized granite paving stone on Literary Walk)

§  $12,000 for 10 guests with preferred seating

§  $10,000 for 8 guests

Silent Auction:       Past auction lots included travel packages through:  The Breakers in Palm Beach, Continental, Jet Blue, The Pierre Hotel, The Plaza Hotel, Royal Caribbean International, and the St. Regis.  Fashion items by designers:  Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Dolce & Gabana, Ferragamo, Luca Luca, Tourneau, and Diane von Furstenberg.  Priceless experiences such as:  Tickets to see Madonna at Madison Square Garden, reservations to Rao’s Restaurant, entry into the ING NYC marathon, Yankees and Mets box seats.



About the Conservancy

The Central Park Conservancy is a private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1980 as a public-private partnership with the City of New York to restore Central Park to its former splendor, after decades of neglect, and to manage and preserve it for present and future generations.  Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, corporations, foundations, and the City, the Conservancy has invested over $530 million to date into the Park, transforming it into a model for urban parks worldwide.  Through events like this, the Conservancy is able to provide 85 percent of Central Park’s $42 million annual budget.  For more information on the Conservancy, please visit our website at .



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