National Parks Week NYC: Green Carpet Gala at Ellis Island to Benefit National Parks

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   September 16, 2009
Contact:   Perry Wheeler, National Parks Conservation Association, 202-419-3712 or pwheeler@npca.org


National Parks Week NYC: Green Carpet Gala at Ellis Island to Benefit National Parks

This Land Is Your LandFrom California to the New York Islands

WHAT: 
Please join the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) at a Green Carpet Gala to benefit our national parks. As part of National Parks Week NYC, the gala will gather key regional, political, social, and business leaders to celebrate the rich history of our national parks and launch a national dialogue about the future of the parks as they enter their second century.

Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan will be on-hand to present a special preview of Burns’s new documentary, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” The event will also honor U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and Thomas F. Secunda, founding partner of Bloomberg L.P., for their roles as national park protectors.

National Parks Week NYC will provide countless free, educational and entertaining opportunities for the entire family throughout the city, including the signature event, “Feel Free: A National Parks Celebration in Central Park” on Wednesday night. The Central Park event will feature highlights from Burns’s documentary, speakers, and musical acts by an array of performers. For more information on National Parks Week NYC and the “Feel Free” event, go to www.FeelFree.org.  

WHO:   
ENTERTAINMENT:  Alison Krauss, 26-time Grammyâ Award Winner, with Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas

HONOREE: 
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and Thomas F. Secunda

SPEAKERS: 
Ken Burns & Dayton Duncan

CO-CHAIRS: 
Roberta & Steve Denning, Caron & Alan Lacy, Wendy & Hank Paulson, Connie & Ted Roosevelt IV, Melissa Vail & Norman Selby, Tracy & Gene Sykes, Honorary Chairs Ken Burns & Dayton Duncan

WHEN:  
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
6:15 p.m. – Cocktails overlooking the Statue of Liberty
7:30 p.m. – Dinner / Entertainment in the Great Hall

WHERE:  
Great Hall (also known as the Registry Room)
Ellis Island National Monument
Ferries will run between Battery Park and Ellis Island. 
Valet parking will be available at Battery Park.

NPCA—Protecting Our National Parks for Future Generations
Since 1919, the nonpartisan, nonprofit NPCA has been the leading voice of the American people in protecting and enhancing our National Park System. NPCA, its 330,000 members, and partners work together to protect the park system and preserve our nation’s natural, historical, and cultural heritage for our children and grandchildren. 

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