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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Linda R. Cox (Co-Chair)
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Iris Rodriguez Rosa (Co-Chair)
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