For nearly three decades, Aimee spearheaded restoration of Randall’s Island Park, transforming the Park into New York’s premier destination for sports and recreation. She helped form and worked alongside a dedicated Board of Trustees to guide the Park’s development, managing major capital projects including the Icahn Stadium track and field facility, the 20-court Sportime tennis center, construction of more than 60 new sports fields, 20 acres of wetlands and natural areas restoration, an Urban Farm, and an Island-wide pathway system. A visionary planner and masterful negotiator, she also built the Harlem River Event Area into a regional outdoor destination, bringing to the Island international festivals and cultural events from Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, and Electric Zoo to Cirque du Soleil and the Frieze Art Fair. We are delighted to celebrate to recognize her outstanding leadership and celebrate her vision becoming a reality.
Over twenty-two years of leadership at the Manhattan Soccer Club, Ray has built a home for youth soccer players and their families to nurture aspiring young talents into successful athletic careers. A standout youth and collegiate athlete, Ray effectively translated his talents into an impactful coaching career, producing numerous NCAA Division I, II, III and NJCAA college players, many of whom have gone on to earn team captain and All-America honors. Five of his former MSC players have gone on to the professional ranks (MLS, Premier League) and been selected to National Teams. In partnership with the Randall’s Island Park Alliance, Ray has affected thousands of young lives and helped to overcome the limitations of competitive athletics in a dense urban environment. We look forward to honoring Ray’s commitment to youth soccer and celebrate his collaboration with Randall’s Island Park.
For over 30 years, Randall’s Island Park has been the premier destination for sports, environmental education and free public programming for families in the Bronx and Harlem. Randall’s Island Park Alliance depends on your support. Please consider being a sponsor, or making a tax-deductible gift in support of RIPA’s 2020 Gala. You can make your contribution here. For inquiries, contact the RIPA Gala Office at [email protected] or 212.829.0002 ext 150.