2017 Gala Honoring the Women of Governors Island

Sep 26, 2017
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

On September 26, 2017, the Friends of Governors Island held its annual Gala. This landmark event honored The Women of Governors Island: six pioneering leaders who led the Island’s transformation from an abandoned military base to a spectacular public space.

Michael Bloomberg commended the honorees, stating, “New Yorkers have never been afraid to dream big dreams. Governors Island is one of those big dreams – and no group of people did more to imagine that dream, galvanize support for it, and help bring it to life, than tonight’s honorees.”

In tribute to these extraordinary leaders, more than 500 guests traveled seven minutes by ferry to attend the festivities on Governors Island, which raised nearly $1 million.

With breathtaking views of the Harbor behind her, Ronay Menschel’s remarks rang true: “Today more than ever, there is a lot that six women working collaboratively can accomplish – especially with Lady Liberty on our side.”

Held in a beautiful historic courtyard, the event space was donated by incoming Island tenant QC Terme Spas & Resorts. Attendees enjoyed oysters courtesy of the Billion Oyster Project, gourmet picnic fare by Great Performances, live jazz by Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra, and beautiful garden decor by Raiola & Co. The entire Gala was produced by Production Glue.

Click here to view photos from the Gala and be sure to watch the incredible tribute video below, created for the Gala by McGarryBowen and Sibling Rivalry.


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Awardees

Patti Harris

Patti Harris

Former First Deputy Mayor

Ronay Menschel

Ronay Menschel

Past Board Chair, The Trust for Governors Island

Leslie Koch

Leslie Koch

Past President, The Trust for Governors Island

Wendy Schmidt

Wendy Schmidt

Past Board Member, The Trust for Governors Island

Ellen Cavanagh

Ellen Cavanagh

Past Vice President for Planning, Design & Construction, The Trust for Governors Island

Betty Chen

Betty Chen

Past Vice President for Planning & Design, The Trust for Governors Island



Funds raised at the 2017 Gala support the Friends of Governors Island's work to ensure Governors Island remains a vibrant shared space for all.



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