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Anniversary Celebration

An Upstream Soiree: The Golden Ball, 20 Years

The Golden Ball: 20th Anniversary Celebration

Bronx Zoo | October 5th, 2021 | 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

We loved celebrating the river with you!

Thank you for joining us in celebrating 20 years of The Bronx River Alliance at The Golden Ball.

What an amazing night of festivities for your river with music, dancing, drinks, incredible food – and some show-stopping GOLD attire.

Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket and joined us in this amazing celebration. You helped the Bronx River Alliance raise more than $85,000 to support critical programs along the Bronx River. In a year as difficult as 2021, this support means more than ever.

Visit this link to re-live the night through some amazing photographs captured by Abigail Montes.

This Year's Honorees

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Journei Bimwala

For the past few years Journie Bimwala, a Bronx native, has dedicated her life to educating the masses through her homeschool program. Beyond just her students Journei has educated folks from the Alliance staff and the local community regarding the importance of medicinal plants and how we can incorporate them into our everyday life. Journei was a key player in the activation of the foodway and shaping the way that we view the use of public landscapes. With her hundreds of hours of volunteer work we have been able to truly connect with the community in a unique way that we would have been incapable of doing without her.


Kristopher "Morgan" Powell

Khristopher Morgan Powell was an incredible community member committed to stewardship and uplifting the Black experience within the Bronx. His work focused on bringing together people of color, specifically Black folks, and uplifting their stories and showing them that they have a place within environmental activism and are stakeholders in the fight for reclaiming the watershed. Khristopher’s legacy still lives on today through the impact of his activism and will continue to do so in the future.


Eric Soto

ConEd Director of Bronx Regional & Community Affairs (retired). During Mr. Soto’s tenure at Con Edison, Mr. Soto was passionate and dedicated about supporting Bronx nonprofits, including the Bronx River Alliance’s Volunteer Program and River House in Starlight Park.


John H Denne

Corporate Attorney (retired). John, a Bronxite by birth, has provided pro-bono legal counsel to the Bronx River Alliance over the past 20 years. He enjoyed applying his experience as a corporate attorney to the nonprofit world and the everyday challenges faced by the Alliance.

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Liam Kavanagh

Raised in the Bronx and a graduate of Lehman College, Commissioner Kavanagh is a dedicated champion of Bronx Parks, including the Bronx River Greenway. Together with community partners, he implemented the Foodway at Concrete Plant Park, NYC's only edible food forest.

The History of the Golden Ball

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Historical Video from our friends: Mags Harries and Lajos Héder

On April 22, 1999 (Earth Day) the gilded ball first floated down the Bronx River from suburban Bronxville to inner-city South Bronx. The ball acted as a Pied Piper, with people from the Bronx to Westchester County encouraged to follow the Ball and walk the 10 mile route to learn how the River connects their homes. The voyage revealed the prime places for social gatherings along the River as well as access problems to be addressed. The event took place on Earth Day the following year and in 2001. Residents continue to celebrate the Bronx River by recreating the voyage every Earth Day. The events have raised money to make permanent improvements along the River.

RSVP for the Soiree

Donate today!

To donate or for more information, you can also email chris.caraballo@bronxriver.org.

General Ticket

$ 200
  • A seat at 1 of our 20 tables
  • An incredible meal
  • Free drinks all night

Patron Ticket

$ 275
  • A seat at 1 of our 20 tables
  • An incredible meal
  • Free drinks all night
  • Access to a pre event toast ceremony

Sponsor Packages

$ 1,000 to 15,000
  • 5 different packages
  • Parton tickets
  • Logo Display on Annual Video
  • Logo Display on Communications
  • Access to Pre-Party Event
  • And More!


Pay What you Wish
  • We understand that not everyone is capable of coming out to the event. If you will still like to support our efforts please feel free to make a contribution of any sort so that we may continue to restore the river!

A big 
Thank You 


Vista Food Exchange
Prologis, Inc.
Sprig Bank
Renaissance Power Gas
Riverdale County School
The Durst Organization
Monadnock Development and Signature
Tryax Realty Management, Inc.
Signature Urban Properties, LLC
Bronx Care Health System
Weeks Marine
Omni New York LLC
Ponce Bank
Sims Metal Management
Montefiore Medical Center

Joshua Ginsberg

Liz Neumark

Gerald Meyer

Julie Robbins

Elizabeth Bennett

Kathryn & Vincent G. Heintz

Linda R Cox and John G Robinson

Our Emcee

Olga Tirado

Host Committee

Linda R. Cox (Co-Chair)

Elizabeth Bennett

Nilka Martell

Paula Luria Caplan

Julie Robbins

Steven Smith

Marit Larson

Joan Byron

Nicole Perrino

Paul Lipson

Iris Rodriguez Rosa (Co-Chair)

Maarteen de Kadt

Larisa Ortiz

Michael Max Knobbe

David Simone

Veronica Vanterpool

David Shuffler 

Adam Green

Liz Neumark

Jeff Paladino

Elizabeth Figueroa

Greg Kiss 

Raji Kalra

Carolyn McLaughlin

Dart Westphal

Brian and Sarah Aucoin

Javier López

Marcos Crespo

Resa Dimino

Ethan Strell

Become a Sponsor!

Interested in supporting the event as a corporate or individual sponsor?