500 Fashionistas attend park’s 11th annual benefit

Fashion world returns to Prospect Park for Summer Soiree

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Mixing it up: DJ duo “DJ KILO KISH” entertains the crowd.
Pucker up: Attendees of the annual Summer Soiree had a ball at the fund-raising gala benefitting Brooklyn’s backyard.
Browsing: Attendees participated in the gala’s massive silent auction, which featured nearly 130 high-end wares.
Mixing and mingling: From left, Sally Singer of Vogue, Prospect Park Alliance president Emily Lloyd, and Councilman Mathieu Eugene had a great time at the Summer Soiree.
Singing her heart out: Tamaryn rocked the boathouse when she took the stage at the annual event.

Hundreds of young fashion-forward do-gooders flocked to Prospect Park’s historic boathouse Wednesday night for the annual gala benefitting Brooklyn’s backyard.

The Prospect Park Alliance’s 11th annual Summer Soiree drew more than 500 attendees and raised upwards of $90,000 to restore and maintain the 585-acre greenspace. The shindig featured cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a silent auction with nearly 130 high-end wares.

“It was a beautiful evening filled with great music, fantastic food and lots of fun for all for a great cause,” said Prospect Park Alliance spokesman Paul Nelson.

Fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg’s fashion company was the title sponsor of the event, which drew many figures from the fashion industry, including Sally Singer of Vogue.

Alliance president Emily Lloyd and attendees mixed and mingled at the picturesque 1905 beaux-arts structure. Beats spun by DJ Kilo Kish kept party-goers on their feet. There were also performances by The Drums and Tamaryn.

The Alliance manages the entire greenspace on a $9 million budget, so fund-raisers like the Summer Soiree help the Alliance generate much-needed cash to help maintain the park.

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at
Updated 10:13 pm, July 9, 2018
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