Queens Botanical Garden’s Rose Gala 2019 Honors
Peter Koo and Jaclyn Mucaria

On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, Queens Botanical Garden’s annual Rose Gala honored Peter Koo, New York City Council Member with the Rose Gala Award and Jaclyn Mucaria, President, NewYork-Presbyterian Queens with the Community Leadership Award.

Upon receiving the Rose Gala Award, Council Member Peter Koo stressed the importance of outdoor spaces like QBG and its important role in mental and physical health, citing a Time magazine article recommending a “prescription you cannot fill at your own pharmacy.” Koo, a former pharmacist himself, who coincidentally used to work at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, turned to fellow honoree Jaclyn Mucaria and suggested hospital staff encourage outdoor recreation, relaxation, physical and mental health, art and fresh air. “Write the prescription, ‘VISIT QBG!’” he recommended happily.

In response, upon receiving the Community Leadership Award, Mucaria enthusiastically agreed with Koo’s appraisal of QBG and its positive impact on mental and physical health. On the topic of NewYork-Presbyterian Queens’ community outreach to educate, screen, and prevent illness, she said: “This iconic setting here is perfect, not just for our 5,000 employees who work down the street, but for our families and visitors who can come here and take a moment to breathe….It is my honor to accept this award on behalf of the hospital,” said Mucaria. “We will continue the relationship and plant many seeds for many years.”

Joining the celebration were New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

“I want to thank all of you who help contribute to make sure our botanical garden—which is the best in New York City—is as strong as it needs to be,” said Van Bramer.

“Let’s continue to make this a great place to raise healthy children and families,” said Adams. “Open space allows us to have open ideas, allows us to re-attach ourselves to Mother Nature.”

Proceeds from the event help sustain QBG’s colorful flowers, innovative programs, and environmental education workshops for over 32,000 schoolchildren and over 250,000 people served by the Garden each year.

QBG thanks its Rose Gala Committee, led by Board Member Bianca Ng, Board Chair Pauline Huang, and fellow trustees Ming-der Chang, Eunsil “Eunice” Chung, Debra Lodge, and Edie Meyer, for all their efforts toward making the Rose Gala a success.

The Board of Trustees and staff of Queens Botanical Garden express
deep gratitude and appreciation to Rose Gala 2019 sponsors:

Yellow Rose
Andrea Woodner

Red Rose
Consolidated Edison Company of New York
Flushing Bank
The Max and Selma Kupferberg Family Foundation / Saul and Gail Kupferberg / The Kupferberg Foundation
Main Street Radiology
NewYork-Presbyterian Queens

Pink Rose
Cord Meyer Development Company
Farrell Fritz, P.C.
Pauline Huang
WAC Lighting, Co.

White Rose
Dime Community Bank
Lin & Loveall Foundation
New York Community Bank Foundation Resorts World Casino
Sino-American Friendship Association/Cimagine Media Group, LLC

Coral Rose
Amerasia Bank
Bartlett Tree Experts
Broadway Stages
John and Eunice Chung COTS Travel/Bianca Ng
Elim Consulting Group
Flushing Commons
Raymond Jasen
Law Offices of Gary Park
AE & LY Medical Associates
The Rotary Club of Flushing
Veronica Tsang
Young Woo & Associates

In-Kind Supporters
Americana Manhasset • Applestone Meats • Suzanne Brienza BrickHouse Ceramic Art Center • City Winery • Christie & Co. Salon & Spa Con Edison • COTS Travel/Bianca Ng • Stephanie Ehrlich • Engineers Country Club Annette Fanara • Farrell Fritz, PC • Garden World & Keil Bros. • Gennadyi Gurman Eryn Hatzithomas Photography • Pauline Huang • Debra Lodge Resorts World Casino NY • RXR Realty and Tracey Kupferberg Mona So • WallyGro

CLICK HERE to view our 2019 Rose Gala Journal.