Annual Benefit Gala


At the Park’s 2017 Benefit Gala on Wednesday, September 27th, we will honor Nari Ward, an internationally renowned artist & Michelle Coffey, Executive Director of the Lambent Foundation. Together, Michelle and Nari embody the ethos and mission of Socrates – as a supporter of artists and their careers, as a catalyst for community engagement, and as an urban park that enhances the quality of life for all New Yorkers.

A special limited edition by internationally renowned artist Roxy Paine, created exclusively for this event, will also be available, with proceeds directed toward the Park’s longstanding Emerging Artist Fellowship program.

The celebration will take place at Mark di Suvero’s magnificent waterfront studio in Long Island City, Queens, and is quite unlike any other gala, where guests can partake in sunset cocktails on the pier and enjoy a boat excursion on the East River.

The Gala raises critical funds that directly support a year’s worth of programs, operations, and maintenance at Socrates Sculpture Park, allowing us to support artists and produce free arts programming serving more than 200,000 people annually.


— To purchase your tickets online now, CLICK HERE –>

— To download the gala reply card and pay by check, CLICK HERE –>

For additional information, please contact Socrates Sculpture Park’s Development Assistant, Sara Morgan, at or 718-956-1819 x105.


Bloomberg Philanthropies, Paula Cooper, Mark di Suvero, Lambent Foundation, Plant Specialists

Maxine & Stuart Frankel Foundation, Robert F. Goldrich and the Leon Levy Foundation, Agnes Gund, The Kayden Family, Richard & Ronay Menschel, Joel Shapiro & Ellen Phelan, Silvercup Studios

Richard Gluckman & Tiffany Bell, Kaufman Astoria Studios, Ivana Mestrovic, Brooke Kamin Rapaport & Richard A. Rapaport, Stephen Reily & Emily Bingham, Ursula von Rydingsvard & Paul Greengard, Amy Wolf
Jamie Bennett, Randye Kaplan & Gerald Blitstein, Dun-Rite Specialized Carriers, Michael Hoeh, Melanie Katzman & Russell Makowsky, Lehmann Maupin/New York & Hong Kong, Peter & Anna Levin, Deidrea Miller & Jens Nachtigal, Elizabeth Sackler, Manny & Jackie Silverman

Lainey & Andy Fallek, Grounds for Sculpture, Nancy Lorenz & Doug Schwalbe, Vincent McGee, Margaret Morton, Carolina Nitsch, Mrs. C. Sidamon-Eristoff, Kimberly Strong, Lowery Stokes Sims


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