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2022 Soiree

An Upstream Soiree

Bronx Zoo | October 6, 2022 | 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

We can’t wait to celebrate the river with you!

Time goes by quickly when you are restoring the Bronx River! Believe it or not, it will soon be fall, so we are gearing up to make the 2022 Soirée a truly special night. 

The gala will take place at the Bronx Zoo—the largest zoo in the metropolitan United States and a long time partner of the Alliance. With incredible views of the Bronx River, amazing scenery, and delicious food and drinks, this gala will be FUN! 

Celebrate with us! Buy your ticket early and take advantage of the Early Beaver Special ending on September 26,2022 at 11:59pm. 

General Tickets

$175 per person / $200 after September 26, 2022

Patron Tickets*

$250 per person / $275 after September 26, 2022

*Patron Event commences at 6pm

Your support powers our work to protect, improve and restore the Bronx River and Greenway so that they can be healthy resources for the communities through which the river flows.  

We look forward to commemorating the Bronx River with you. 

This Year's Honorees

Join us as we honor these amazing leaders at An Upstream Soirée in 2022!



As a company, Patagonia is in business to save our home planet. Patagonia’s self-imposed Earth tax, 1% for the Planet, provides support to environmental nonprofits working to defend our air, land and water around the globe. In the past year, they funded 1,020 groups working on issues from biodiversity loss to climate action. The Bronx River Alliance is honored to be one of the organizations consistently supported by Patagonia and its local employees. They are committed to helping Bronx residents access healthy outdoor recreation opportunities along the river, and to the larger goal of restoring the river as a part of a vibrant, living ecosystem in New York City. We salute Patagonia for its vision of what the Bronx River corridor could be and its steadfast leadership in supporting community development and environmental restoration in the heart of the Bronx.

2022 Soiree Honoree

Olga Luz Tirado

Olga has recently launched her private consulting business, O Communications & Solutions, as a public relations, community engagement, economic development and relationship building agency. Previously she served ten years as the executive director of The Bronx Tourism Council (BTC), a division of the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation. Throughout her career, Olga has promoted the best of the Bronx, including the Bronx River. The Alliance honors her legacy of Bronx pride and her assistance in helping us reclaim the Bronx River for the communities through which it flows.

2022 Soiree Honoree

Madhur Milind Bhadsvale

Madhur came to New York City from Mumbai, India, in 2015 to study Economics and Environmental Studies at New York University. For more than three years she has been volunteering with the Alliance as an unpaid Development and Communications intern. In that time, she has worked with organizing Soirees and Flotillas, taken the lead on social media, and has generally been an outstanding support to the entire Alliance team.

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

Purchase Tickets today!

To donate or for more information, you can also email soiree@bronxriver.org. And, don’t miss out on the Early Beaver Special, tickets will go up after September 26,2022. 

General Ticket

$ 175
  • A seat at 1 of our 20 tables
  • An incredible meal
  • Free drinks all night

Patron Ticket

$ 250
  • 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 


North American Aggregates
Apple Bank
GFP Real State
Riverdale County School
Monadnock Development and Signature
Here to Here
Tryax Realty Management, Inc.
Signature Urban Properties, LLC
Bronx Care Health System
Concourse Realty
Ponce Bank
Con Edison
Starr Whitehouse
Phipps Community Development Corporation
Montefiore Medical Center

Linda R Cox and John G Robinson

Kathryn and Vincent Heintz

Julie Robbins

Martha and David Schwartz

Elizabeth Bennett

Liam Kavanagh

Our Emcee

Michael Max Knobbe

Host Committee

Robert DelTorto

Camelia Tepelus

Carolyn McLaughlin

Carrie Elston Tunick

Dart Westphal

David Simone

Dawn Marrie Berry

Eliot Nagele 

Elisabeth Pillsbury

Elizabeth Bennett

Elizabeth Figueroa

Ethan Strell 

Greg Kiss

Jay Rook

Jeremy Greenfield 

Joan Byron 

Julie Robbins

Liam Kavanagh

Linda R. Cox 

Maarteen De Kadt

Marcos Crespo

Marit Larson

Martha Schwartz

Michael Brady

Michael Max Knobbe

Nicole Perrino 

Nilka Martell 

Paloma McGegor 

Paul Lipson

Paula Luria and Bill Caplan

Peter Kohlmann

Raji Kalra

Veronica Vanterpool



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