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David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

3 Jun 2010

Very warm late Spring day, yesterday in New York

Meanwhile, last night at the Bandshell (under an enormous tent) in Central Park, the Central Park Conservancy held its annual “Taste of Summer” benefit, al fresco with more than 1000 guests, open bar, a buffet of tasting from more than 40 restaurants across the city, a big dance floor and music by the great DJ Tom Finn – all from 7 – 11. Jordana Z. was there and took some mouthwatering shots of some of the delectables (click to visit).

The host committee included the Women’s Committee President Gillian Miniter, Vittorio Assaf, Fabio Granato, Selmin Arat, Carol Bell, Rebecca Campbell, Lydia Fenet, Darren Henault, Kristy and Jonathan Korngold, Jill Lafer, Alexandra Lebenthal, Patrick McMullan, Connie Anne Phillips, Angel Sanchez, Gina Tuttle.
Benefit Committee included: Kathryn Patterson, Suzanne and Bob Cochran, Elizabeth Belfer, Noreen Buckfire, Diana and Joe DiMenna, Yaz and Valentin Hernandez, Ann Tenenbaum and Tom Lee, Margaret and Daniel Loeb, Alison Minton, Elyse and Michael Newhouse, Liz and Jeff Peek, Patsy and Jeff Tarr and Laurie M. Tisch. A good time and then some was had by all.

It was a perfect night for a party in the Park. The funds raised benefit the Central Park Conservancy and its mission to maintain and preserve the Park. The Conservancy founded in 1980, manages Central Park under a contract with the City of New York/Department of Parks and Recreation. Thanks to the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations, it has raised more than a half billion dollars to date, and has transformed Central Park into a model for urban parks nationwide. The Conservancy provides more than 85% of Central Park's annual $27 million operating budget and is responsible for all basic care of the Park.