NEW YORK, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Over $2M was raised tonight at the star-studded Hulaween benefit for Bette Midler's New York Restoration Project(NYRP). A capacity crowd was entertained at the Waldorf-Astoria by SherylCrow along with a special duet performed by Crow and Midler.
The funding from Hulaween supports NYRP initiatives -- including its newlyannounced signature program, MillionTreesNYC, in conjunction with MayorBloomberg and the City of New York to plant and care for one million treesthroughout the five boroughs in the next decade.
Greeted by an enthusiastic audience, Mayor Bloomberg said, "Hulaween is aspecial event - benefiting a wonderful organization. None of it would havebeen possible without the marvelous Bette Midler. For 12 years, the New YorkRestoration Project has done so much to make this a cleaner, more beautifulNew York. We are working together to plant one million trees in New York Cityover the next ten years -- the equivalent to 40 times the number of trees inCentral Park. It's an important part of PlaNYC -- our long-term strategy toput New York City on solid ground economically and environmentally. Thanks toBette's work, in partnership with the Parks Department, the whole city willbenefit from cleaner air and more beautiful neighborhoods."
MillionTreesNYC (www.milliontreesnyc.org) seeks to leverage everyopportunity to plant trees on public land; and, the Parks Department and theNew York Restoration Project will enlist individuals and organizationsthroughout the City to plant and maintain trees on privately owned property aswell. The Parks Department and NYRP will work with community partners as itassesses tree planting opportunities at places including schoolyards, publichousing campuses, health care facilities, business districts, commercial andresidential developments, front yards and other private lands. The initiativewill include extensive outreach and education for everyone from residentialand commercial developers to children. NYRP and its partners will seek thefinancial and in-kind support of individuals, corporations and foundations.
A grateful Bette Midler thanked the supporters of NYRP saying, "In the 12years we have been working together, we are stronger than ever. By picking upgarbage; building new parks, reviving neglected community gardens, plantingtrees, building boats, teaching environmental science; offering nature walks,overnight camping, family festivals -- we are constantly working to improvethe lives of all the citizens of our wonderful town. And now working with theMayor to plant one million trees in New York City over the next ten yearsfulfills a lifelong dream for me. I am thankful to each and every one of youwho have contributed in so many ways. You are my heroes."
An online auction, including such exciting items as two VIP tickets to seeBette Midler at Caesars Palace with a backstage meet-and-greet, dinner at theMesa Grill, and two first class roundtrip tickets from American Airlines;spending a day on the set of "Wolverine" with Hugh Jackman in Australia;having your picture taken with Nicole Kidman on the red carpet of her nextmovie and much more. Bidding is open until November 8, 2007 atwww.charitybuzz.com.
NYRP reclaims, restores, and develops under-resourced open spaces in NewYork City's five boroughs. As "the conservancy of forgotten places," NYRPrescues public parks and community gardens that are most threatened by thechallenges facing underserved communities. Since 1995, NYRP has steadily"cleaned and greened" some of New York City's most blighted public areas byremoving over 80,000 tons of garbage and debris from project sites. It hascreated Swindler Cove, a gorgeous new park out of an illegal dump on theHarlem River; saved and revitalized more than 100 community gardens; taughthundreds of at-risk children about the environment; and built the firstboathouse on the Harlem River in over 100 years.
SOURCE New York Restoration Project