Annual Sunset Garden Party, June 13th

FDR Four Freedoms Park Conservancy To Honor William J. vanden Heuvel

Updated 1 year ago David Stone
Willam J. vanden Heuvel in 2014 at dedication of Jackie Kennedy Gate in Grand Central
Willam J. vanden Heuvel in 2014 at dedication of Jackie Kennedy Gate in Grand Central
Photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Transit Authority

Sunset Garden Party is Four Freedoms Park Conservancy's major, annual fundraising event. This year, on June 13th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., they will honor the park's founder, 88 year old foreign policy expert and Chair Emeritus of the Roosevelt InstituteWilliam J. vanden Heuvel. The announcement cites vanden Heuvel's "...peerless work as the guardian of FDR's vision for human rights."

Last year's event, honoring Journalist and author Tom Brokaw, was an opportunity to recognize a legend in a location that resonates with the human rights oriented foreign policy President Franklin D. Roosevelt put front and center in his Four Freedoms speech, ostensibly his 1941 State of the Union but in reality much more than that.

Sunset Garden Party 2017, honoring Tom Brokaw
Sunset Garden Party 2017, honoring Tom Brokaw
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Lawyer, diplomat and sometime politician, vanden Heuvel began his career in 1953 as an executive assistant at the American Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. 

His illustrious work history includes service as assistant to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. He was also active in Kennedy's political campaigns until his assassination in 1968.

In 1965, he joined Stroock & Stroock & Lavan as Senior Partner where he practiced international and corporate law. He is currently Senior Counsel to the firm.

In the 1970s, he served as Chairman of the New York City Board of Corrections.

In other words, his contributions leave much to celebrate.

Event Details:


5:00 pm – Cocktails with music by Peter Duchin & His Orchestra
6:15 pm – Introductory remarks by Senator George J. Mitchell
6:30 pm – Kathleen Kennedy Townsend introduces William J. vanden Heuvel
7:00 pm – Speaking program ends
8:00 pm – Event concludes

Learn more here.

FDR Four Freedoms Park Conservancy To Honor William J. vanden Heuvel
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