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Celebrity well-wishers celebrate Riverkeeper’s 50th Anniversary at Fishermen’s Ball


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For immediate release: May 13, 2016
Contact: Cliff Weathers, Communications Director
917-478-4501, ext. 239, [email protected]

WHAT: Hundreds of clean water supporters will gather on the Hudson River for the 50th Anniversary Riverkeeper Fishermen’s Ball to honor environmental leaders and raise critical funds and awareness for Riverkeeper, New York’s clean water advocate. Leonardo DiCaprio, award-winning actor, producer and activist, will be honored for his dedication to the environment on a global scale. Ralph Lauren, whose name is synonymous with the American lifestyle and timeless design, will be honored for leading the Ralph Lauren Corporation with a deep commitment to protecting the environment.

To celebrate Riverkeeper’s first 50 years of Hudson River protection, the Ball will feature the premiere of a Tribeca Film Fellows® short documentary on Riverkeeper titled “Keeping On,” with special recognition of Tribeca Film Festival® and Tribeca Institute® co-founder Robert DeNiro for advancing awareness of environmental issues through film. Hosted by Andy Cohen, the evening will also include a special performance by past “Big Fish” honoree Sting, remarks by Riverkeeper’s Chief Prosecuting Attorney, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and presentation of the “Big Fish Emeritus” Award to Dr. Howard A. Rubin for his twenty years of Riverkeeper board leadership.

WHO: Confirmed attendees include:

  • Chuck Close, American painter/artist and photographer
  • Andy Cohen, Fishermen’s Ball host & host of Bravo’s Watch What Happens: Live
  • James Cromwell, actor & environmental activist
  • Robert De Niro & Grace Hightower De Niro
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, 2016 Riverkeeper “Big Fish” honoree
  • Eileen Fisher, past recipient of the Riverkeeper “Big Fish” Award
  • Paul Gallay, Riverkeeper President & Hudson Riverkeeper
  • Rachael Harris, actor & environmentalist
  • Debbie Harry, singer, actor & environmentalist
  • Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Chief Prosecuting Attorney, Riverkeeper
  • Jeff Koons, acclaimed artist and past recipient of the Riverkeeper “Big Fish” Award
  • Ricky & Ralph Lauren, 2016 Riverkeeper “Big Fish” honoree
  • Lauren Bush Lauren & David Lauren
  • John McEnroe, tennis legend & past Riverkeeper Board Member
  • Mark Ruffalo, award-winning actor and environmental activist
  • Fisher Stevens, actor, director, producer, writer and environmental activist
  • Sting, award-winning musician and past recipient of the Riverkeeper “Big Fish” Award
  • Rufus Wainwright, award-winning musician

WHEN: Wednesday, May 18, 2016
5:30pm: MEDIA REGISTRATION – attendance is limited and pre-registration is required
6:30pm: Red Carpet Arrivals
WHERE: Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers – Hudson River and 23rd Street
SOCIAL MEDIA: @Riverkeeper #50onHudson across all social media channels

ABOUT RIVERKEEPER: Riverkeeper is a member-supported, watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries and protecting the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents. Riverkeeper is celebrating its first 50 years throughout 2016. For details, please visit