Spring Gala 2022 - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Spring Gala 2022

Spring Gala 2022

Special Events | For the Birds

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 | 5:30–10:30 p.m.
Ticketed Event

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an illustration of two birds and oak leaves

“We’re going to educate generations of people in the most joyful, gracious way possible, through birdsong!”
—Randall Poster

Celebrating the opening of For the Birds, a special exhibition on the wonders of birds and their habitats

Honorary Chair
Randall Poster
For the Birds Creative Producer

Gala Chairs
Courtney and Ian Broadwater
Keisha and Troy Dixon
Adam and Sylvana Durrett
Mimi and Whitten Morris

Guest Hosts
Ulla Johnson
Edwina von Gal

Special Performance by
Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks

Strolling Cocktails
Dinner on Cherry Esplanade

Tickets range from $500 to $2,500; tables for ten start at $10,000. Proceeds from the Spring Gala provide essential support for the Garden—sustaining collections, programs, and the well-being of our community and staff.


For more information, contact Brooklyn Botanic Garden at [email protected].

Gala Contributors


  • Diane and Joseph Steinberg


  • Sasha C. & Edward P. Bass
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Courtney and Ian Broadwater
  • Keisha and Troy Dixon
  • Adam and Sylvana Durrett
  • Jennifer and Steven Eisenstadt
  • Krystyna and Dan Houser
  • Suzy Marquard and Jim Breckenridge
  • Lloyd and Cassandra Metz
  • Tiger Baron Foundation
  • Earl D. Weiner


  • Lucifer Lighting Company
  • Mimi and Whitten Morris
  • Permanens Capital
  • Judy & Michael Steinhardt


  • Kristin and Peter Becker
  • Martin S. Bell
  • Olivier and Bethany D'Meza
  • Dechert LLP
  • Dana Dirickson
  • Belle Hahn
  • Steven L. Holley and Luke C. Allen
  • Hilary and Edwin Jager
  • Stephen Merkel and Robin Shanus
  • Sarah Meyer Simon
  • Gail and Marshall Miller
  • Parvin Moyne and Zachary Sturges
  • National Audubon Society
  • National Grid
  • Patina Restaurant Group
  • Ellen C. Petersen
  • Red Light Management
  • Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors
  • The Schippers Family
  • Tribeca Enterprises
  • Serge and Kerone Vatel
  • Martha and John Watts


  • Adrian and Charlotte Benepe
  • Andrea Bozzo and John Martinez
  • DeLaCour Family Foundation
  • Emme and Jonathan Deland
  • Gagosian Gallery
  • Jill and John Gilbert
  • Betsy and Larry Gile
  • Susan and Bill Rifkin
  • Joan L. and Reade H. Ryan, Jr.
  • Morton and Miriam Steinberg
  • Dino J. Veronese
  • Bob and Donna Whiteford


  • The Green-Wood Cemetery
  • Kasirer Consulting, LLC
  • Jeffrey Keil and Danielle Pinet
  • Rachel and Denis Kelleher
  • Michael A. Manfredi and Marion Weiss
  • Carlos P. Naudon and Susan M. Steingass
  • Yasuko Noguchi and George Shelden


  • Paula and Earl Black
  • Morley and Frederick Bland
  • Doug and Bebe Broadwater
  • The Capitol Theatre
  • Constance Casey
  • Nancy Chaffetz
  • Xhingyu Chen and David Chitayat
  • Michael Clarfeld and Tamar Huberman
  • Ayanna and Kevin Andrew Clunis
  • Stephen Dietz and Martha Bakos Dietz
  • Beth Ann and Charles Ditkoff
  • Joan and Fred Gardiner
  • Tina Gerling
  • Ellen and Scott Hand
  • Joyce Hanly
  • Stephanie Hill and Benjamin Wilchfort
  • Zuleika Hines
  • Amy Hsieh and Winston Song
  • James E. Jordan
  • Julie Just
  • Ken and Susan Kramer
  • David Levering Lewis
  • Robert and Carol Linn
  • LJ & DeWayne Louis
  • Harold and Nina Neimark
  • Nancy Owens
  • Angela and Zac Prince
  • RAND Engineering & Architecture, DPC
  • Betsy and Bo Rodgers
  • Lauren Salem
  • Kristian Siqueiros
  • Susan Skerritt and Brian O'Keefe
  • Yvonne Sterling
  • Tanya M. Taylor
  • Irene Tichenor and Randal Craft
  • United Talent Agency
  • Verve Label Group
  • Thomas and Isabel Wacker
  • Dr. Lucy Waletzky
  • Carly Wray and Aaron Fili
  • Joanne and Charles Young


  • Cumberland Packing Org.
  • Dechert LLP
  • Lucifer Lighting Company
  • Permanens Capital
  • Ulla Johnson

Event Contributors

  • Brooklyn Brewery
  • Crimson Wine Group
  • House of Suntory
  • Workman Publishing

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Updated 6/7/2022

Gala Program

For the Birds

Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s 2022 Spring Gala celebrates the opening of For the Birds, a multidisciplinary exhibition and program series that showcases birdhouses by artists of international renown devised to bring attention to the conservation and protection of birds and their habitats.

“For the Birds: The Birdsong Project” is a singular, prodigious undertaking by our honorary gala chair, Randall Poster. During the most isolating times of COVID-19, Poster, like many, sought out nature as a respite. The wonder of birds inspired him to gather friends and colleagues to celebrate and protect birds and their habitats. Spring 2022 will see the release of “The Birdsong Project,” a 20-album set of recordings celebrating birds by 200-plus contributors, including musicians, poets, visual artists, historians, and actors.

For the Birds at Brooklyn Botanic Garden includes an installation of artist-made birdhouses, beautiful signs and interpretation, education programs for children and adults, and a series of public events. By visiting, participating in programs, and observing the birds all around them in the Garden, visitors will broaden their understanding of conservation action for birds and green spaces. For the Birds will underscore that the existence of all birdlife rests on the preservation of plants and ecosystems.

Spring Gala 2022 Tables and Tickets

Safety Information

Safety is our priority. This special event is held outdoors. In accordance with CDC, City, and State mandates and recommended guidelines, Brooklyn Botanic Garden will not require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend our Spring Gala.

Masks are not required, though attendees are welcome to wear them if they choose. As in any public outdoor setting, we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to COVID-19. By visiting BBG, you voluntarily assume such risks.

If you are feeling unwell, please stay home. Tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable to other BBG events, but may be transferred to another guest or converted to a 100% tax-deductible contribution if you are unable to attend.


Special thanks to Gala sponsors and partners

Presenting Sponsor, For the Birds

Logo: Warby Parker

Gala Sponsors

Logo: Stevia in the Raw Logo: Lucifer Lighting Company Logo: Permanens Capital Partners Logo: Ulla Johnson Logo: Dechert LLP

Event Contributors

Logo: Workman Logo: Crimson Wine Group Logo: Suntory Logo: Brooklyn Brewery