On Thursday, June 14, 2018, Queens Botanical Garden honored Maria A. Grasso, Chief Operating Officer, Flushing Bank, for her commitment to Queens and the Flushing community. Flushing Bank was the Lead Sponsor of Rose Gala 2018. The Gala raised over $154,000 to benefit the Garden in sustaining colorful flowers, innovative programs, and environmental education workshops for over 35,000 schoolchildren and almost 225,000 people served by the Garden last year.

“I’m very excited to be honored—it’s something that’s very special to me,” Mrs. Grasso said. “Flushing Bank has been in the community for 90 years. We’re an integral part of the community and we like to give back, and Queens Botanical Garden is a great place.”

Guests were joined by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Assembly Members Ron Kim and David Weprin, Council Member Peter Koo, and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl.

Borough President Katz, Assembly Member Weprin, and Council Member Koo brought proclamations to recognize and thank Mrs. Grasso for her dedication to the Flushing community, the people of Queens and all of New York City. “The City Proclamation is the highest honor an individual can receive!” said Council Member Koo of the distinction awarded to Mrs. Grasso, and the proclamation was signed by all Queens Council members.

QBG thanks its Rose Gala Committee, led by Board Member Bianca Ng, Board Chair Pauline Huang, and fellow trustees Lucy Hossain, Debra Lodge, Edie Meyer, Judy Ng, and Michelle Stoddart for all their efforts toward making the Rose Gala a success.

Many thanks to Rose Gala Sponsors, listed below.

PHOTO CREDIT: Angela Gaspar

Rose Gala 2018 is Sponsored by

The Board of Trustees and staff of Queens Botanical Garden express
deep gratitude and appreciation to Rose Gala 2018 sponsors:


Champagne Rose
Flushing Bank

Yellow Rose
Andrea Woodner

Red Rose
Consolidated Edison Company of New York
The Max and Selma Kupferberg Family Foundation / Saul and Gail Kupferberg / The Kupferberg Foundation

Pink Rose
Cord Meyer Development
Cullen and Dykman, LLP
Farrell Fritz, P.C.
Resorts World Casino NY
United Customs Services
Variosystems, Inc.
WAC Lighting, Co.

White Rose
Dime Community Bank
East West Bank
Lin + Loveall Foundation
NewYork-Presbyterian Queens

Coral Rose
Amerasia Bank
Bartlett Tree Experts
Suzanne Brienza
Broadway Stages
COTS Travel
Raymond Jasen
Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., A Stifel Company
Merchant Factors Corp.
The Rotary Club of Flushing
Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P.
Star Builders, Inc.
Sterling National Bank
Veronica Tsang
Dr. Ber-Yuh Yang

CLICK HERE to view our 2018 Rose Gala Journal.