Hunters Point Parks Conservancy brings back fundraising gala following pandemic hiatus

The board of the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy during the Spotlight of the Season Gala in 2018. (Photos courtesy of HPPC)

For the first time since 2019, the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy is bringing back its Spotlight of the Season Gala fundraising event on Friday, Sept. 16.

The gala will be held in Hunters Point Park South on the Long Island City waterfront and will highlight the conservancy’s work over the past year with all proceeds going towards an ever-expanding list of more than a hundred community programs throughout the year including gardening groups, tulip and daffodil bulb plantings, free fitness classes, the popular Summer Kids program, CinemaLIC and art workshops for thousands of community members, as well as the purchasing thousands of dollars worth of plants and equipment for both Hunters Point South Park and Gantry Plaza State Park every year.

This year, the gala will also be highlighting the resiliency of Hunters Point following the COVID-19 pandemic. The Spotlight of the Season Gala will feature donated food from many neighboring restaurants to help introduce neighbors to the local dining options. Hunters Point Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that was founded 24 years ago as Friends of Gantry Park, with the goal of maintaining and promoting Long Island City’s waterfront parks.

(Photos courtesy of HPPC)

Kelly Craig, a Hunters Point Parks Conservancy board member and the chair of the gala committee, is looking forward to the event.

“We are not only excited to bring back the Spotlight of the Season for the first time since 2019, but we are also ecstatic to highlight the neighborhood this year and shine a spotlight on all our amazing local restaurants and cafes that are located right here on the LIC waterfront,” she said.

Tickets cost $50 for adults and $25 for children, and a family pack is available for two adults and two children for $100. Tickets can be purchased here.