Virtual Gowanus Spring Gala

Live Gala Here!

GCC provides crucial education, volunteer, and advocacy programming year-round. We educate K-12 students in green infrastructure design, urban ecology, and water quality testing; engage volunteers in stewardship work at the Salt Lot and in gardens and tree beds around Gowanus; support neighborhood tree stewards in the Gowanus Tree Network; guide youth in the Green Team job apprenticeship; grow and sell native plants at our Lowlands Nursery, and plan and advocate for reduced combined sewage overflow into the Gowanus Canal and resilient open space throughout the Gowanus Lowlands. 

To support these programs, GCC holds a celebratory Gala each spring. One quarter of our entire annual budget is raised through this essential fundraising event. And while we are disappointed to cancel the in-person portion of the event this year, the safety of our staff, program participants, supporters and the Gowanus community is our top priority. During this crisis we are transitioning our education programs to remote learning by developing digital curricula and programming; providing virtual support and guidance to gardeners and volunteers; planning for a shortened, but robust Green Team apprenticeship program; and continuing to invest in planning and advocacy for neighborhood resilience.  

It is more important than ever that we raise funds to support his work. On Thursday, April 23rd, we will host a virtual Gowanus Spring Gala to celebrate our honoree, Board member, and Gowanus resident Steve Hindy and all the work we have accomplished over the past year. The event will take place here, on our website, and include messages from Executive Director Andrea Parker, Board President Faizal Karmali and Honoree Steve Hindy, along with live musical performances and recognition of our sponsors.  Once the site is live, at 6pm, everyone will be able to join. The schedule includes:

6:00 PM:Virtual Gala site opens 

6:30 PM:Live performance by Art Baron and Ingvild Waerhaug Baron

7:00 PM: Join in clapping for essential workers

7:15 PM:Live performance by Katie Von Schleicher 

We ask you to please consider a Sponsorship in Spirit to ensure the continued success of our programs. See below to learn how you can participate.