It was an amazing night.

After two and a half months of intensive planning, collecting $30,000 in sponsorships, and selling out to a crowd of over 300 people, AntiFreeze 2014 proved to be the Conservancy’s most successful winter fundraiser to date. With live performances by Aabaraki and Trixie Whitley, a wealth of silent auction items, food catered by Lot 2, Brooklyn Brine Co. and Whole Foods, and beer lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery, how could it have gone any differently?

True to the fundraiser’s new name, the midday snow shower did not deter guests from the corner of Bond St. and Degraw, where Ray Smith Studio opened its doors to an early VIP reception at 6 PM. Among these early guests included community leaders such as Borough President Eric Adams and Craig Hammerman, district manager of Brooklyn Community Board 6, as well as Comptroller Scott Stringer and Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez. At 7 PM, AntiFreeze officially opened its doors, and guests flooded in through the main door to escape the snowfall that lasted into the evening and found refuge in the relative warmth of the studio provided by a few powerful heaters reminiscent of jet engines.

Conservancy Executive Director Hans Hesselein kicked off the party with a great speech.

Hans joined by Borough President Adams, GCC Board Chairman Andrew Simons, and GCC Board Member Ted Wolff, Esq.

Guests followed up their dinner with the smooth sounds of Aabaraki, and as the party moved into the night, Trixie Whitley shared her strong voice and mellow melodies with a very enthusiastic crowd. Twenty-five of our donated silent auction items found homes at the end of the night, including Miska Draskoczy’s Egret, a piece displayed on the New Yorker!

As with many of the Conservancy’s major events, the major force behind the party was its volunteers. Twenty-six volunteers donated their Saturday nights to ensure that AntiFreeze ran smoothly, from set-up to check-in, collecting Silent Auction prizes, and selling ever-popular beer tickets. The Conservancy would like to extend its thanks to all of our volunteers – the show couldn’t have gone on without you!

There’s not much more we can say about this party unless you were there, and if you were there, you know exactly how it all went. For those that weren’t able to make it, let these pictures tell the rest of the story!

Setting up the sound.

Trixie’s sound check.

Volunteers help set up.

Mannequin strikes a pose wearing a jacket donated to our silent auction by Patagonia.

A beautiful painting of a street tree donated by Jessica Dalrymple is hung for display next to a series of photos by Patrick Schnell. All four auction prizes found homes that night.

Before…

…and after.

Aabaraki works the crowd!

Enjoying that Brooklyn Brew!

Board Chair Andrew Simons chats with a crowd.

Bunch of cool people.

Trixie lights up the stage. It’s a black and white photo, but we assure you that she did indeed light it up.

It was as fun as the pictures show, and more. If you couldn’t make it this year, look forward to next year’s fourth annual winter fundraiser! Everything the Conservancy does will only get better from here.

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