Picnic in your living room.

Press Release 6.8.20



Contact: Christina Taylor, Van Cortlandt Park Alliance
Phone: 917-887-3102
Email: christina@vancortlandt.org

LIVE ONLINE at 7:05pm on June 16, 2020

Bronx, NY — June 8, 2020: Van Cortlandt Park Alliance (VCPA) will host a one-of-a-kind, virtual PICNIC in Your Living Room beginning at 7:05pm on June 16, 2020. Donors, at any level, will be invited to join online for an informative and fun-filled hour and a half. All donors will be able to create their own picnic at home with recipes and a signature cocktail that will be emailed to them, along with a link to the event. Proceeds from this event will support VCPA’s educational, research, and maintenance work in Van Cortlandt Park.

“Since March, we have all found that parks are essential, and none more than our beloved Van Cortlandt Park. Whether you are running or walking, or communing with nature, I hope that the Park is there for you, providing a sense of normalcy and an accessible place to replenish your spirit. I am pleased to have this opportunity to bring our community together in support of the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance right now. Our virtual “PICNIC in Your Living Room” will be a fun and informative evening. I invite you to join us!” says Stephanie Ehrlich, Executive Director Van Cortlandt Park Alliance and Administrator, Van Cortlandt Park.

VCPA’s PICNIC in Your Living Room a reimagined virtual event is proud to honor two people whose devotion to the park and the Bronx have added to both its culture and history.

Betty Campbell-Adams
Owner, Lloyd’s Carrot Cake
Legendary Bronx Bakery

Joe Conzo, Jr.
Bronx Photographer
First Chronicler of Hip-Hop

The evening’s festivities will begin with welcome addresses from the Alliance’s Executive Director and Van Cortlandt Park Administrator, Stephanie Ehrlich and Board Co-Chairs Carol Samol and Nina Habib-Spencer, NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, and NYC Parks Bronx Commissioner Iris Rodriguez-Rosa. Program staff, led by Christina Taylor, will share some exciting videos of their work in the park followed by BronxNet interviews of the event’s honorees. VCPA is delighted to feature a special message from Harrison Bader, a 2012 graduate of Horace Mann School who is now an outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals. But, that’s not all…the evening will be full of surprise activities and features.

At 8:00pm, the virtual PICNIC will ease into an After Party hosted by The Last Stop restaurant featuring Daniel Nuñez (a.k.a. DAMYO). Everybody will be encouraged to dance their socks off at home until 8:30pm! To join VCPA at the virtual PICNIC in Your Living Room, go to: vancortlandt.org or bit.ly/vcpapicnic.

TEXT “PICNIC” to 41444
to Donate and Join the PICNIC

Van Cortlandt Park Alliance works in close partnership with NYC Parks to preserve, support, and promote the recreational, ecological, and historical value of the park. VCPA provides STEM education programs for schoolchildren, internships and college credits for high school and college students, and volunteer opportunities for people of all ages. Additional projects include environmental research, a green market, greening and cleaning, and trail and field maintenance. At 1,146 acres, Van Cortlandt Park is the City’s third largest park and includes hiking, biking, and cross-country trails; the country’s first public golf course; the Bronx’s oldest house; horseback riding; the borough’s largest freshwater lake; and is 60% urban forest.

For more information, contact Stephanie Ehrlich at (718) 430-1890 or stephanie@vancortlandt.org.

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