Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project at Waldorf Astoria
The Waldorf Astoria on Park Avenue in Manhattan hosted the New York Restoration Project’s 12th annual Hulaween Gala on Halloween Night. The elegant event supported by many influential personalities including Mayor Michael Bloomberg who explained the NYRP’s ultimate significance, “Hulaween is a special event – benefiting a wonderful organization. None of it would have been possible without the marvelous Bette Midler. For 12 years, the New York Restoration Project has done so much to make this a cleaner, more beautiful New York. We are working together to plant one million trees in New York City over the next ten years — the equivalent to 40 times the number of trees in Central Park.”
“I urge every New Yorker to dig in and be a part of Million Trees NYC,” announced NYRP Founder Bette Midler. “It’s the responsibility of our city’s corporations and foundations, developers, block associations, policymakers, home owners and renters–all New Yorkers–to create a million living, growing legacies that will enhance our beloved city and sustain the world for generations to come. To walk under the branches of a tree that you have planted connects you to the roots of our past and the aspirations of our future.”
During our red carpet interview, I asked Ms. Midler “What has the New York Restoration Project done in the last year, tell us some of its achievements.” We started the Million Tree Initiative with the city and Mayor Bloomberg. We planted the first tree, we planted 20,000 trees just in October alone. We have built boats, we have picked up tons of garbage, we plant trees and we have built gardens. We opened 5 new gardens this year alone. We bought 65 or 70 gardens a few years ago and every year we design and open a few more, so we have been busy” announced a very dedicated Bette Midler.
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