Dr. Carole Hankin : Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy

Dr. Carole Hankin has played an integral role in improving educational offerings in New York as the longtime Superintendent of Schools for the Syosset Central School District. Dr. Hankin also contributes to several nonprofit organizations, including the Peconic Bay Medical Center Foundation, the Museum of Mathematics, and the Westchester Community College Foundation. An active community advocate, Dr. Carole Hankin is also a member of the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy.

Following a decade of neglect and disregard, a concerned group of local leaders founded the Central Park Conservancy in 1980 to restore the historic park to its pristine condition. In the more than three decades since its founding, the Central Park Conservancy has invested more than $550 million into revitalizing the park. The organization continues to expand and is under contract to manage the facility until 2014. Early in the Central Park Conservancy’s history, a group of four women came together to form the Women’s Committee. Sharing the same goals as its parent organization, the Women’s Committee supports several of its own programs and charitable events, including the Family Party in Heckscher Playground and the Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon, a pair of highly anticipated annual fundraisers. Each year, the work of the Women’s Committee accounts for approximately one-fifth of the Central Park Conservancy’s funding. The more than 1,000 members of the Women’s Committee play an active role in facilitating the continued restoration of Central Park. Here is a brief overview of some of the Committee’s main contributions to Central Park Conservancy:

Adopt-A-Bench: Central Park boasts more than 9,000 benches, all of which require some sort of periodical maintenance. The Adopt-A-Bench program allows donors to pledge anywhere from $7,500 to $25,000 to adopt one of these benches. To date, more than 2,000 benches in Central Park have been supported by the program.

Endow a Tree: Operating in a similar fashion as Adopt-A-Bench, this program seeks to procure financial support for the 24,000 trees that inhabit Central Park. All of the proceeds from the program go directly to planting new trees and maintaining existing ones.

Playground Partners: Striving to care for and preserve the more than 20 playgrounds in Central Park, this group collects contributions to perform daily inspections and other essential tasks. Pledge levels range from $100 to $10,000.

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