Category: Special Events

Gala Success for KRB, Supporters & Honorees

Friday, Nov. 2, Keep Rockland Beautiful’s Annual Awards Gala took place at HNA Palisades Premier Conference Center.  Silent Auctions, Raffles, Awards, and – a casino?

Yes, you read correctly – a casino!  All in attendance were able to try their luck at Black Jack, Craps, & Roulette tables, trying their luck to win items ranging from elegant artwork to unforgettable experiences throughout Rockland, the Hudson Valley, New York State and beyond.  

Beyond the casino, attendees were able to purchase raffle tickets and bid on silent auction items.  

Maria Luisa, Owner of Maria Luisa Boutique in Nyack, left having won a cruise along the Hudson with Nyack Boat Charter.  Jonathan Kupperman, Vice President of Global Development at PDI, excitedly took home a week-long stay in Killington, VT, and an additional three-night stay in the Jersey Shore town of Bay Head, NJ.  

Bill Madden, Director of External Affairs at SUEZ, accepted the Business Partner Award on behalf of the water company.  The company was honored to be recognized and enjoyed the night. Madden said, “The entire SUEZ team thought the event’s format was innovative and fun – we had a wonderful time at the Gala!  We’re happy to partner with and support such a meaningful organization.”

In addition to the Business Partner Award, GARNER Historic District was honored with Keep Rockland Beautiful’s Beautification Award; Katie Welsh, Confidential Assistant to the Mayor of West Haverstraw, received the Cleanup Leader Award, and Jacob Tanenbaum, Teacher at Cottage Lane Elementary School, graciously accepted the Education Award.  

Sonia Cairo, Keep Rockland Beautiful Executive Director, commended the honorees’ dedication to environmental education, conservation, and keeping local streets and streams litter-free while preserving our natural and historic resources.  

The Annual Awards Gala is an event to look forward to every year – a classic recognition for those working to improve our local environment and celebrate green initiatives throughout the county that Keep Rockland Beautiful!  

Cleanup Wrap-up Party, June 1

Sponsorships now available.

Join us to celebrate and thank all the volunteers, partners, and sponsors who made this year’s cleanup campaign possible!
The party is in Germonds Park, June 1, 2018, 5-8pm FEATURING:

  • Volunteer Recognition
  • Family Mini Golf
  • Live Music
  • Tasty BBQ


Admission free for volunteers – just bring the ticket you received after the cleanup
Admission for all others:

  • Adults – $10
  • Kids 12 and under – $5


Sponsorship Opportunities

Behind the Scenes at Bear Mountain

Our first Rockland Underground Tour of 2018! On March 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, join PIPC Director of Development, Matthew Shook, for a tour of the historic Bear Mountain Inn, a centerpiece of a unique park system that stretches from the edge of NYC through the Hudson Valley. Established in 1915, the Inn has a long and fascinating history.  Learn about its former visitors and its power source in the depths of Lake Hessian! Free passes will be provided to the nearby Bear Mountain Ice Rink for those interested in skating after the tour.  TO SIGN UP

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Enjoy the Thaw

This lovely photo of a snowy Kennedy Dells Park comes from Peggy Opalek and appears this month in KRB’s “BEAUTIFUL ROCKLAND” Calendar. To get to this magical location (355 North Main Street, New City – then follow Trail B)


1. Skating in Tallman State Park — There are shallow ponds that quickly freeze – and a group of skate-enthusiasts who usually shovel the snow (and sometimes even build a fire nearby!) Use the entrance to the park north of the Filling Station/9W Market @ 243 RT 9W, Palisades, NY. Walk for about 10 minutes and grab the larger trailhead that goes off on your left. After walking another 10 minutes or so, the ponds will be off to the right – follow one of the raised trails to get there.

2. Dutchtown for Cross Country Skiing – scoot along the Hudson, starting on the trail in Dutchtown (just south of Haverstraw, follow road past Tilcon quarry, past a small playground; there is a parking area at trailhead) and head on into Hook Mountain State Park. The hearty can end up at Rockland Lake or in Upper Nyack. Map

3. Strap on Some Snowshoes in Harriman – Here are some fun tips for taking on the Kakiat Trail in Harriman.

4. Gaze at Ice Sculptures at Buttermilk Falls – As things freeze and thaw, take a short (and possibly slippery – so consider taking a pole) hike up to Buttermilk Falls @ 199 South Greenbush Road, West Nyack) Directions

5. Bear Mountain Ice Skating Rink – Great music, skates to rent, and a killer view. Always a bonus! Getting there


These tips brought to you through support from January’s sponsor: Orange & Rockland 

To get the KRB 20th Anniversary Calendar (and help support our environmental education & cleanup programs), go here. There are still a few available!

To reach Peggy Opalek:

Order Your 2018 “BEAUTIFUL ROCKLAND” Calendar Today!

Thanks to a supporting grant from Rockland County Tourism, KRB is offering its first art-house calendar. It is filled to the brim with amazing images of Rockland’s natural wonders, thanks to the contributions of several wonderful local photographers. The calendar is on sale now through our website and at local retailers. Buy one for yourself, or order in bulk to give to friends, family, clients, customers, employees etc. Bonus: These are tax-deductible gifts that express how much you care about your community and the environment!

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