Category Archives: Community Outreach

Riverside Park Conservancy Engages Teens in Local Horticulture

 

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Riverside Park Conservancy
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Possessing more than two decades of experience in the construction industry, Christopher McNally heads Falcon Project Quality Management, a firm that he founded. Alongside his work with Falcon, Chris McNally is dedicated to protecting New York’s natural environment. Chris McNally supports a number of organizations working in this capacity, including Riverside Park Conservancy, which maintains and restores the green space that runs alongside the Hudson River in Manhattan.

One of the organization’s key programs is the Riverside Teen Corps, which mobilizes local high school students to contribute to the beautification of their community while gaining valuable horticulture skills. Teen Corps, which runs during the summer months, pairs volunteers with zone gardeners to care for new spring plantings and prepare the park for fall landscaping.

There are a number of opportunities available to teens, from learning how to walk with perennials, shrubs, vines, trees, and bulbs to maintaining the various equipment used to keep the park clean, safe, and beautiful. Specialized skills that teens can learn include removing invasive species and aerating tree pits.

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Riverkeeper Supporters Help Protect the New York City Watershed

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Riverkeeper
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As president of Falcon Enterprises Associates, Inc., Christopher “Chris” McNally leads the New York-based organization, which provides quality management services for clients overseeing construction projects. Alongside his activities at Falcon, Chris McNally works to give back to his community through his support of several local groups, including Riverkeeper.

A nonprofit focused on protecting the Hudson River and the entire New York City watershed, Riverkeeper oversees several programs and campaigns that aim to stop polluters, safeguard drinking water, preserve river ecology, and restore local waterways. The organization also works closely with local partners to advance policy initiatives that address climate change, clean energy, gas drilling, and other issues.

Those who would like to support Riverkeeper’s efforts can do so in several ways. In addition to making a one-time financial donation, individuals can become Riverkeeper sustainers by donating to the organization each month. Riverkeeper also accepts gifts of appreciated stock and participates in Amazon’s AmazonSmile program, which enables donors to support their favorite charity every time they make a qualified purchase through the online retailer.

Beyond providing Riverkeeper with financial support, those looking to get involved in the organization’s work can volunteer for cleanup projects along the Hudson River or attend one of the group’s fundraising events.

For more information about Riverkeeper and the ways in which you can support the organization’s efforts, visit www.riverkeeper.org.

Riverside Park Conservancy Holds 2016 Spring Gala

Riverside Park Conservancy pic

Riverside Park Conservancy
Image: riversideparknyc.org

With over two decades of construction experience, Christopher “Chris” McNally leads Falcon Project Quality Management as company president. In addition to his professional activities at Falcon, Chris McNally dedicates time and resources to national and local groups such as Riverside Park Conservancy.

Throughout the year, Riverside Park Conservancy holds several fundraising events supporting its mission to maintain and improve Riverside Park for the residents of New York. As part of its 30th-anniversary celebrations, the conservancy held its 2016 Spring Gala on June 6 at the General Grant National Memorial.

Actress and longtime environmental activist Debra Winger hosted the event, which featured cocktails, dinner, and dancing as well as a presentation of the inaugural Riverside Park Conservancy Citizenship Award to Robert Morgenthau, a former New York County district attorney who continues to serve the local community through a variety of activities. In terms of fundraising, the 2016 Spring Gala was the Conservancy’s most successful. The funds raised through the event will go a long way toward supporting the organization’s efforts to protect the 350-acre park.