Central Park Conservancy Hosts First Belvedere Ball

INTO THE PARK: On Wednesday evening, the Central Park Conservancy hosted its first Belvedere Ball, a winter wonderland fete that brought together members of the upper echelons of New York society for an evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing and photo opportunities with an ice queen and king. Held in the park, the event honored Douglas Blonsky, president and chief executive officer of the Central Park Conservancy who, after almost 33 years of service to the organization, is retiring from his post in June.
“We wanted to do something different,” said Gillian Miniter, cochair of the ball, which was support by Northern Trust. “We wanted to keep it within the theme of Central Park and we decided to make it in December, so we wanted to go with a winter theme. It’s for Belvedere Castle, which is a favorite spot of a lot of people in the park. You can see we have it up on the wall over there.” Indeed, a projection of the castle, which is being restored, could be viewed on a wall of the tent that housed the event.
The space had been transformed into a wintery paradise. Dinner tables featured an assortment of white arrangements, some of which

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