Spring Gala 2017

Special Events

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 | 5:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m.

This event has passed. Our sincere thanks to all of you who made this a spectacular evening and helped support the Garden’s educational programs and plant collections.

You can still contribute to BBG and the Spring Gala by making a gift below or by calling Development at 718-623-7356.



Frederick Bland
Chair of BBG Board of Trustees
Chair of the Master Site Plan

Diane H. Steinberg
Vice Chair of BBG Board of Trustees
Co-Chair of the Campaign for the Next Century

Earl D. Weiner
Chair Emeritus of BBG Board of Trustees
Co-Chair of the Campaign for the Next Century

Gala Co-Chairs

Bevin and Bill Cline
Krystyna Houser
John Kim and Jodi Della Femina Kim
Cassandra and Lloyd Metz

5:30 p.m.

Strolling Cocktails
Champagne at Diane H. and Joseph S. Steinberg Visitor Center
Cocktails in the Cranford Rose Garden and Native Flora Garden

7:30 p.m.

Dinner on Cherry Esplanade

9 p.m.

After Party: Drinks, Dessert, Dancing!

Tickets range from $500 to $2,500; tables for ten start at $7,500. Proceeds from the Spring Gala provide essential support for the Garden’s programs and collections.

Inspired by the Garden’s own revitalization, the evening’s menu will be designed and prepared by award-winning chefs from Patina Restaurant Group. Each course will feature fresh ingredients that were sustainably grown and harvested.

Festive botanical attire encouraged. Tickets held at the door. Complimentary valet parking provided for cocktails and dinner guests.


Brooklyn Botanic Garden is honored to celebrate Frederick Bland, Diane H. Steinberg, and Earl D. Weiner for their transformational vision and outstanding community leadership. Their shared passion and unwavering commitment to Brooklyn and to making resources like Brooklyn Botanic Garden available to all New York City residents have ensured the completion of the record-breaking Campaign for the Next Century (2007–16) and have helped make our world a better, more vibrant, and more welcoming place.

Frederick Bland

Chair of the BBG Board of Trustees
Chair of the Master Site Plan
About the Honoree

Fred has provided design leadership for 45 years for cultural, educational, and civic organizations nationally and internationally. An architect and managing partner of Beyer Blinder Belle, Fred is also a commissioner on the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and an adjunct professor in the Department of Art History at NYU, and he has lectured widely on topics of urbanism and appropriate design strategies in historic settings. Fred serves as a trustee of the Evergreens Cemetery and chairman of its foundation; he is also a trustee of the Mark Morris Dance Group, chairman of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, and serves as a vestryman at Trinity Church Wall Street. In earlier years, he was president of the Heights Casino and the Brooklyn Heights Association. He received his BA and MA degrees from Yale. Fred is an avid gardener; he and his wife, Morley, have one daughter and two grandchildren. BBG is extremely fortunate to have had his expertise in shaping the multifaceted projects of the Campaign for the Next Century.

Diane H. Steinberg

Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees
Co-Chair of the Campaign for the Next Century
About the Honoree

Diane Steinberg is a passionate champion of Brooklyn, and through her civic leadership, she has been in the vanguard of the borough’s remarkable revitalization and transformation. She has worked at the New York Federal Reserve Bank in both the domestic research department and as a securities analyst on the open market trading desk, and was a vice president and senior equity securities analyst at Drexel Burnham Lambert. She serves on Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Spark Prize Committee and has previously served on the boards of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Packer Collegiate, Center for Arts Education, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (Director’s Council), and Sheridan Arts Foundation. She received her BA from Wheaton College and her MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She and her husband, Joseph, have three children. Diane has worked tirelessly to guide BBG’s long-term planning and to ensure that it addresses the needs of its growing audience and visitors of all ages.

Earl D. Weiner

Chair Emeritus of BBG Board of Trustees
Co-Chair of the Campaign for the Next Century
About the Honoree

Earl Weiner is a retired partner of Sullivan & Cromwell, where he practiced law for over 48 years. He was chair of the board of BBG from 1998 to 2007. He currently is an independent director of the AllianceBernstein complex of mutual funds, chair of the boards of the Acting Company and Theatre Development Fund, trustee and general counsel of the Municipal Art Society, vice chair of the board of the Brooklyn Hospital Center, and trustee of Green-Wood Cemetery. Earl received his BA from, and was a trustee of, Dickinson College. After serving as an officer in the US Navy, he earned his LLB from Yale. His late wife, Gina Ingoglia Weiner, for many years wrote and illustrated a column for children for the Garden, was a cofounder of the BBG Florilegium Society, and wrote and illustrated The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown-Ups, published by BBG. Earl is the recipient of the Joan Warburg Humanitarian Award and, together with Gina, of the DeWitt Clinton Award. They have two children and two grandchildren. For over three decades, Earl has been an extraordinary leader and champion for BBG, ensuring that it can serve the community and beyond for many generations to come.

A Revitalized Garden for the 21st Century

With the completion of the record-breaking $122 million Campaign for the Next Century (2007–16), Brooklyn Botanic Garden has realized a profound commitment to keeping the Garden vibrant for generations to come. The Campaign has produced the most significant garden renewal effort since BBG’s founding, more than 100 years ago, with seven new and enhanced gardens (including several still to come!), new Garden-wide interpretation, award-winning facilities to welcome and serve visitors, expanded community greening programs, and innovative ways to model environmentally sustainable practices.

Please join us in celebrating the visionary leadership behind this extraordinary achievement. Today, the Garden welcomes more than 950,000 visitors a year from around the corner and across the globe. In the past year alone, nearly 200,000 children, teachers, and community residents participated in educational programs offered free or at minimal cost, including 130,000 schoolchildren and over 50,000 Brooklyn residents engaged in BBG’s community greening programs, which bring neighbors together to strengthen communities on a grassroots level.

When BBG was founded in 1910, it was with the revolutionary vision that environmental education, conservation, and community engagement were necessary elements of urban life. Stronger and more vibrant than ever, BBG is honored to continue to delight, inspire, and educate people of all ages, document changes in plant life and environmental impacts, and help urban residents create healthier, safer, greener neighborhoods.

Special thanks to Gala and After Party sponsors and partners:

2017 Gala Sponsors

Contact Us

For more information about tickets, donations, sponsorship, or to purchase tickets or donate by phone, call Special Events at 718-623-7356 or email [email protected].

Charity Info

Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. A portion of membership fees and benefit event tickets, and 100% of contributions are tax deductible.

The full legal name and address of the Garden is

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Corporation
1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225

BBG's federal tax identification number (TIN) is 11-2417338.

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