Dear Friend,

With the 20th anniversary of The Gramercy Park Block Association approaching, we are launching our 2013 Annual Fund Campaign. As Co-chairs of this Campaign, we believe this Fund is crucial to the GPBA continuing its work to preserve the quality of life, safety, security and property values of this unique historic residential neighborhood.

While our operating costs increase yearly, membership dues alone account for less than half of these costs. The purpose of this fund is to make up the difference in our annual operating budget and to build an endowment for the future of Gramercy Park.

For the past several years, there have been a number of serious threats from both commercial and private interests challenging the special nature of Gramercy Park, and the GPBA has been its tireless advocate in protecting it. The first involved several legal actions by a private entity attacking the property rights of Gramercy Park residents, which was eventually settled out of court at great expense. A recent example was a 12-month successful fight to defeat a liquor license for a bar and nightclub, proposed for the basement of a residential building on the Park, which was overwhelmingly opposed by its neighbors. Opening such an establishment in that location would have signaled the beginning of the commercialization of Gramercy Park. The community coalesced around this issue and convinced the State Liquor Authority to reject their application for a liquor license - but only through a legal challenge that required significant legal and organizational fees contributed by the GPBA, a coalition of individual residents and a few co-operative buildings.

Fighting these two threats required enormous organizational and financial resources and cost the community close to $2 million. The two circumstances we mentioned also required several months of “ad hoc” scrambling to organize neighbors and raise the funds to hire necessary legal counsel.

After organizing support to deal with these two challenges, we are convinced of one thing - that the special residential nature of Gramercy Park will continue to be threatened by outside forces, particularly with the explosive growth of our adjoining Flatiron, Chelsea and Union Square neighborhoods. By accumulating funds now for legal and other professional fees, we will be prepared to fight against future encroachments, both commercial and otherwise. We believe this Annual Fund is a smart investment to protect our property values and to guarantee the future integrity of Gramercy Park.

Although every gift of any size makes an impact, we ask you to please consider contributing at one of the leadership levels listed below:

Contributor $250
Patron $500
Friend $1,000
Sponsor $2,500
Supporter $5,000
Benefactor $10,000 and above


There are several easy ways to donate:

Make a Gift Online - Give via the GPBA’s secure donation page.

Make a Gift by Mail - Please mail or deliver checks (payable to The Gramercy Park Block Association) to: Arlene Harrison, The Gramercy Park Block Association, 34 Gramercy Park East, New York, NY 10003.

Make a Gift of Stock - For more information about making a gift of stock, e-mail us at donatestock@gramercyparkblockassociation.org

Corporate Matching Gift - If your employer matches gifts, please request a form, complete it and submit it with your gift.

The GPBA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and your donation is fully tax-deductible. Submitting your gift, or a part of it, before December 31 will earn a tax deduction for this calendar year. Importantly, it will also set an example for other neighbors to join you in this important endeavor.

Please become part of our GPBA Annual Fund family at an amount meaningful to you. Only with your generous support will we be able to preserve our historic neighborhood now and for generations to come. Your support is deeply appreciated.

Warm regards,

Arthur Barnes
Co-Chair, Annual Fund Campaign
GPBA Board Member

Tara Rockefeller
Co-Chair, Annual Fund Campaign
GPBA Vice President



 

 


   
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