FIELDING DREAMS HONOREE
RICK A. PARISI
Rick A. Parisi, RLA, FASLA, CLARB, is the Managing Principal of MPFP, an internationally renowned landscape architecture and urban design firm that is recognized as one of the foremost pioneers exploring the social and physical dynamics that shape our urban spaces and global landscapes. Under Mr. Parisi’s leadership, the firm plays an instrumental role in challenging traditional perceptions of spatial design in the urban, institutional, healthcare, workplace, playground and residential environments.
The Randall’s Island Master Plan and Icahn Stadium Track and Field Center have been considered the most rewarding public private partnership projects in Rick’s career. In addition he was the lead designer and Team leader for the Randall’s Island Field Development Project – one of the most ambitious field production projects ever undertaken in the United States.
CHAMPION FOR CHILDREN HONOREE
Abby Wambach is the all-time leading scorer in international soccer history with 184 career goals. She was the United States’ leading scorer in the 2007 and 2011 Women’s World Cup tournaments and the 2004 and 2012 Olympics. (She missed Beijing 2008 due to a broken leg.)
Her ability to wear down defenses with her physical play, aerial game and hard running has long been a key to the USA’s success. After winning the Women’s World Cup in 2015, Wambach retired as one of the most dominant players in the history of women’s soccer.
COMMUNITY CHAMPION HONOREE
Patrick Vieira is head coach of the New York City Football Club (NYCFC). Between 1994 and 2011, Vieira played for six professional teams including Arsenal, Juventus, Internazionale, and Manchester City, as well as the French National Team. With France, Vieira won the World Cup in 1998 and the European Championship in 2000. As Arsenal’s midfielder, Patrick brought the team a Premier League title three times, the FA Cup three times, and the FA Community Shield three times as well. His major individual achievements include receiving the Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur in 1998, as well as making French Player of the Year in 2001, the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team in 2006, and the English Football Hall of Fame in 2014.
Patrick began his coaching career as Manchester City’s reserve team and Elite Development squad manager in 2013, joining the NYCFC as head coach in 2016. His calm, forward-thinking vision, familiarity with team operations, and tactical knowledge of the sport brought NYCFC to the playoffs for their first time in 2016.
FIELDING DREAMS MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Michelle Caruso-Cabrera is CNBC’s chief international correspondent and co-anchor of “Power Lunch,” which airs Monday through Friday from 1 to 3pm ET.
In 2016, she reported live from Iran on the state of the economy and potential investment opportunities in the country, despite continuing U.S. sanctions. Caruso-Cabrera also traveled to Brazil to cover the effect of the Car Wash scandal on Petrobras.
Latin America is a large focus of her coverage as trade has become a key election issue, particularly when it comes to Mexico. Previously, Caruso-Cabrera has done extensive reporting on Mexico’s efforts to modernize PEMEX and has interviewed dozens of Mexican business executives, CEOs and government officials. She also covered Venezuela during the PDVSA strike.
FIELDING DREAMS HONOREE PRESENTED BY
David Kane, P.E., AICP’s career has spanned 30 years throughout the northeast, as a civil engineer, project manager, public agency officer, and construction executive officer. His current position, as Hunter Roberts Construction Group’s Senior Vice President, includes operations management for public and institutional sector work throughout the metropolitan area construction market…
CHAMPION FOR CHILDREN HONOREE PRESENTED BY
As the Michael Dakolias senior lecturer in the economics department at Columbia University, Gulati balances his academic work with numerous responsibilities within the sport of soccer worldwide. He served on the Columbia Economics Faculty from 1986 to 1990 before joining the World Bank through its Young Professionals Program in 1991 and serving as a country economist for the emerging country of Moldova…
COMMUNITY CHAMPION HONOREE PRESENTED BY
Claudio played professionally for 12 years in three European countries for five different teams: Bayer Leverkusen and Vfl Wolfsburg in Germany, Glasgow Rangers F.C. in Scotland, then Sunderland FC and Manchester City FC in the English Premier League. When with Vfl Wolfsburg, he was the first American player to ever wear the captain’s armband in a European league. Before his retirement in 2008…
Justin G. Hamill*
Dinner Committee Co-Chairs
Jenny Slayton Green
RANDALL’S ISLAND PARK ALLIANCE
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Jerome L. Goldman
Nancy F. Neff
President, Randall’s Island Park Alliance
Andrea K. Feirstein
Richard B. Gross
President Emerita & Founder
Karen D. Cohen
Richard J. Davis
Michael D. Boxer
The Hon. Gale Brewer+
Justin H. Green
Mark I. Greene
Courtney C. Hall*
Justin G. Hamill*
Dean I. Landis
Richard J. Mack
Bradford R. Peck
Patricia W. Shifke
Comm. Mitchell J. Silver+
* Mayoral Appointee
+ Ex Officio
The Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA) partners with the City, local communities and our generous supporters to offer all New Yorkers – from athletes to artists, from children to seniors, and from amateurs to world champions – the kind of parkland and expansive views that invite us to reach for our dreams. For over 25 years, RIPA has worked to expand community and youth programs, restore the Island’s natural ecosystems and foster healthy and active lifestyles through the maintenance and care of 330 acres of parkland, including more than half of Manhattan’s premier playing fields.