By SFC Today Staff

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy hosted its sixth annual Brooklyn Black Tie Ball on Pier 2.

By the end of the night, $1.27 million was raised.

Proceeds from the ball directly support the conservancy’s 500+ free (or low-cost) activities.

Nancy Bowe, who served as the conservancy’s board chairwoman for five years, was honored for her almost two decade  involvement in the park.

She said that one of the biggest issues in the park’s development was how to get enough visitors to make it safe:

“To me it was always about building a park for all of Brooklyn where everyone would feel welcome,” Bowe said.

“I am so proud of what we have grown into.

“The conservancy’s creative enthusiastic staff and educated passionate board create a menu of educational, recreational and cultural programming to rival any parks anywhere.”

Paul Frangipane of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle wrote: “the park conservancy provides programming for park visitors and gathers volunteer support for the park it has worked to bring to life for over 30 years, according to a statement.

“More than 1,000,000 visitors have taken advantage of the conservancy’s public programs since 2000.”

Nancy Webster, executive director of the conservancy said, “whatever we do, we all come to Brooklyn Bridge Park to breathe a little easier, to play and to get a little lost in our extraordinary waterfront park.

“I want to leave you with three words: joy, wonder and exploration.

“And these three words I think perhaps best describe the conservancy’s mission to bring dynamic and vibrant programming to our special park.”

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