City Parks Foundation Winter News

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Subject: City Parks Foundation Winter News
Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2011 15:03:39 -0500
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City Parks Foundation Winter Newsletter

Although it’s still chilly here in New York City, summer and all of the fun, free programs that come with it, is right around the corner! Read on for what’s happening now and coming up soon.

In this newsletter:

  • City Parks Foundation Named Semifinalist of the 2011 New York Times Company Nonprofit Excellence Awards
  • Save the Date for SummerStage 2011
  • Kids Club Thirteen Partners with Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
  • Tennis Champ Virginia Wade Instructs CPF Players
  • The Secret History of the Swedish Cottage Nominated for Award

City Parks Foundation Named Semifinalist of The 2011 New York Times Company
Nonprofit Excellence Awards

City Parks Foundation was recognized by the New York Times Company, the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York and Philanthropy New York as a 2011 semifinalist of The New York Times Company Nonprofit Excellence Award. City Parks Foundation is competing against ten other organizations for a cash grant and a scholarship to be applied toward Social Enterprise Programs at Columbia Business School Executive Education.

The New York Times Company Nonprofit Excellence Awards are presented annually to nonprofits in the New York City area (the five boroughs, Long Island and Westchester) for excellence in organizational management. The Awards include an extensive three-step judging process, including two stages of written applications and site visits where each organization is judged on its management and laser-like focus on its mission.

Wish us Luck! The winners will be announced on June 23 at TheTimesCenter during a Best Practices Workshop and Awards Ceremony. 

Save the Date for SummerStage 2011!

For all the latest information on SummerStage 2011, follow us on Twitter and “Like” us on Facebook


Kids Club Thirteen Day at Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

Kids Club Thirteen will be hosting a special Kids Club Day on March 27 at the mystical and enchanting Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park. On this special day, Kids Club Thirteen members will be able to enjoy a pre-performance workshop by the Swedish Cottage puppeteers followed by a free private performance of The Secret History of the Swedish Cottage.

Created and directed by celebrated puppeteers Tom Lee and Matthew Acheson, The Secret History of the Swedish Cottage chronicles the wonderful and impossible journey of a little Swedish cottage that travels from Europe to America and grows up to be the puppet theater that so many have come to know and love.

In order to participate in this event you must be a Kids Club Thirteen member. Learn more about the values of a Kids Club membership. Kids Club Thirteen is a membership program that provides families special access to the wide range of cultural and educational centers across the tri-state area.

View event details here.

Former Tennis Champ Virginia Wade Instructs CPF Players


Former US Open and Wimbledon Tennis Champion Virginia Wade joined City Parks Foundation Youth Players on Saturday, February 19th in Flushing Queens. Wade gave tennis tips and played with some of New York’s future tennis champs who participate in City Parks Foundation’s free indoor tennis program.

CityParks Tennis presented by Chase, provides free tennis lessons to thousands of kids ages 5 to 16 each year in more than 36 parks throughout the five boroughs. The indoor program is designed to make tennis less cost-prohibitive and freely available on a year-round basis to children who want to improve their skills.

Watch this video clip from NY1 for interviews with Virginia Wade, Director of Sports Mike Silverman and CPF players. 

The Secret History of the Swedish Cottage Nominated for NY Innovative Theatre Award

The Secret History of the Swedish Cottage, a piece commissioned by City Parks Foundation and created by Tom Lee and Matthew Acheson has been nominated for an award by the NY Innovative Theatre Awards! The IT Awards is a not-for-profit arts organization supporting the Off-Off-Broadway community.

Audience votes are important in the judging process! You can vote by clicking here and then clicking “vote” from the menu on the left side of the screen. We appreciate your support!

The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation was created to bring recognition to the great work being done in New York City’s Off-Off-Broadway, to honor its artistic heritage, and to provide a meeting ground for this extensive community. The organization advocates for Off-Off-Broadway and recognizes the unique and essential role it plays in contributing to American and global culture.

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