Founded in 1999, Friends of Hudson River Park (FoHRP) was established under the Hudson River Park Act as a unique city-state entity overseeing the design, construction, and operation of New York’s premier waterside park. Having relied solely on income generated within the Park with only limited private support, FoHRP expanded its mission in 2011 to focus on generating private philanthropic support for ambitious waterfront projects for the enjoyment of generations of New Yorkers, Americans and visitors from around the world.
Orr Group was retained by FoHRP to provide interim executive management, working directly with the board to identify priorities, goals, and development initiatives for the upcoming year. Steve Orr served as the interim Executive Director, advancing FoHRP’s fundraising efforts and providing operational management. Steve’s goal, working with the Orr Group team, was to remodel FoHRP to set the organization up for success under its new full-time Executive Director.
FoHRP also retained Orr Group to manage its annual fundraising gala. Orr Group developed a comprehensive event plan and marketing strategies for FoHRP, as well as managing the event’s fundraising goals and budget. Orr Group partnered closely with FoHRP’s leadership to build a dedicated 27-member Gala Committee, expanding the prospect pipeline and increasing community engagement.
The event organized by Orr Group featured prominent guests, including actor and producer Hugh Jackman as the evening’s host, Denis Leary and Brooke Shields as program speakers, and honorary co-chairs Julianne Moore and husband Bart Freundlich.
With Orr Group’s counsel and partnership, FoHRP raised more than $600,000 for the Support the Trees campaign and over $2.2 million at the annual Gala – a record high for FoHRP. FoHRP also recruited and brought on board eight new board members.
With Orr Group’s counsel and partnership, Friends of Hudson River Park raised more than $2.2 million at its annual gala – a record high.