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Thursday, October 3, 2013

The 2013 IFDA NY annual Big Apple Award Gala honoring the Brooklyn Bridge Park

written by IFDA board member, 
photography courtesy of Dan D'Errico

Blare of Trumpets...
Roll of Drums... 
last evening's 
Big Apple Award ceremony was a magical evening spent in Brooklyn!
Held at the Galapagos Art Center in DUMBO, 
the celebration represents what Brooklyn is all about these days...
art, design and innovation! 
Every two years, the IFDA New York chapter awards 
a local business or institution 
for positively influencing the lives of New Yorkers through design, 
and over the years, 
17 recipients have been awarded.

Paul Thomas & Su Hilty
Co-Chairs of the 2013 Big Apple Award 
Paul Thomas and Su Hilty worked diligently this year to create this spectacular award ceremony, which honored the Brooklyn Bridge Park.  Master of Ceremonies, Carlo A. Scissura, Esq., President & CEO of Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, presided and began the evening on a festive note to an enthusiastic audience.  
Carlo A. Scissura
We heard from distinguished speakers, including 
Doug Blonsky, President & CEO, Central Park Conservancy; Susan Chin, Executive Director, Design Trust for Public Space; Paul Seck, Principal of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc.; The Honorable Robert K. Steel, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, NYC. 
Robert Steel awards Regina Myer 


Doug Blonsky

"The party was a crush of design & furnishings professionals as well as city, park, industry & education attendees. Many industry design big names were in attendance including Jim Brett, President of West Elm; Kate Kelly Smith, Hearst Design Group; Dr. Thomas Schutte, Pratt Institute; Alexa Hampton, Mark Hampton LLC; Malene Barnett, Malerie B Carpets; and of course our speakers, MC and Regina Myer, the most gracious honoree to name just a few...What a Park - so well planned and the images that were part of the presentation got it just right. Many of them were taken by my co-chair, Paul Thomas, on a beautiful 'you can see forever' kind of day." Co-Chair Su Hilty
Much praise was bestowed upon
Honoree Regina Myer, President of Brooklyn Bridge Park,
 who oversees a hard-working team on the creation and construction of Brooklyn Bridge Park.  The ribbon cutting ceremony in 2010 marked the beginning stages of building and restoring this beautiful park which runs along 1.3 miles of the East River edge and now includes an 85-acre waterfront site.  
Galapagos Art Center in DUMBO

the food & drink were divine
check out the party snapshots...
Lisa McMahon, Alexa Hampton from Mark Hampton, Rose Ott
Claudia Giselle, Jessical Tolliver IFDA NY President, Su Hilty, Robert Ferraroni from Ferra Designs, Chris Abbate, Lisa McMahon
Claudia Giselle, Lisa Blecker & Challie Stillman from Resource Furniture
Amy Hanenberg and Stacy Garcia from Stacy Garcia, Inc.
Paul Thomas, Joyce & Dan Blitzer from the Practical Lighting Workshop
Sean Sullivan and Kate Kelly Smith 
from Hearst Home Group
Rose Hittmeyer, IFDA Office Administrator with volunteers, 
IFDA Student, Jhani Stasil, Danish Ghura & Sapna Mundra
Michael Hatcher and Malene Barnett,
Malene B Carpets
Amy Hagedorn from Sustainable Long Island and Maureen Klein
Chris Abbate, Su Hilty, Susan G. Doban from Susan G. Doban Architecture, Carlo Scissura, Jason Gorsline from Think Fabricate, Lori Raphael, Paul Thomas
 Tamara Stephenson, Lisa McMahon
 Paul Seck, Andrea Algaze

Alexandra Zwicky, Danielle MacWilliams, Chris Abbate from Novita PR
& Su Hilty
Su Hilty, Jim Druckman from NYDC, Alix Lerman from NYDC
Wendy Silverstein and Teri Brajewski
Jane & David Walentas from Jane's Carousel and Paul Seck
A special thank you to
3 M and GE Monogram who helped make the evening possible, as well as David & Jane Walentas for our free passes to Jane's Carousel

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