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2014 Annual Spring Gala - Friday, May 9th at 7 pm

For the first time ever, this event will be held INSIDE the North Bathhouse at Playland, future home of the museum.  Experience the raw space converted into a beautiful cocktail reception before construction begins.  Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, auction, raffle, interactive games, music and dancing, and more!

Presentation of the Milton A. Williams Scholars in Education Award.  Click HERE to see a list of past winners.


Nan and Lear Beyer
Bets and Rod Miller


David Milowitz
Stacey Schutzer

INSPIRE AND DELIGHT children throughout the region for generations to come by supporting our annual gala.  High visibility sponsorship opportunities.

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Call (914) 421-5050 to learn more.

2013 Annual Spring Gala

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A record crowd gathered on the evening of May 10, 2013 at the Ritz Carlton in White Plains to attend the “Boardwalk Bound” annual spring gala, which raised nearly $200,000 for the Westchester Children’s Museum (WCM).  For the first time, County Executive Rob Astorino attended to express publicly his support of the museum’s effort to open at Playland.  Also in attendance were a number of high profile supporters including Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett; Oscar Flores on behalf of President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; District Attorney Janet DiFiore; New Rochelle Mayor Naom Bramson; Legislator Catherine Borgia; Westchester County Association President Bill Mooney; Sustainable Playland President Kim Morque; and Legislator Judy Myers, a fierce advocate of WCM who heavily assisted in its lease approval for a home at Playland’s North Bathhouse.

Honored that night were Lynn and Ray Quartararo of Rye, NY for their years of commitment to and support of the museum.  Helen Williams, mother of actress and Advisory Board member Vanessa Williams, presented the Milton A. Williams, Jr. Scholars in Education Award to Dr. Barbara Peters, Superintendent of the Elmsford School District. The evening's emcee, Jené Luciani, TV personality, author, and Westchester resident, kept guests entertained.

Ray Quartararo addresses his remarks to Westchester County Legislator Judy Myers and County Executive Rob Astorino

Ray Quartararo addresses his remarks to Westchester County Legislator Judy Myers and County Executive Rob Astorino



There is now no opposition to the children’s museum at Playland and for that we thank both of you. Moving forward, I ask that you consider the hundreds of museum volunteers who have committed their time, energy, and money; consider the thousands of hours that we’ve spent negotiating, bargaining, and at times, pleading instead of teaching our kids; consider the millions of dollars that have been spent sustaining our operation and promoting a museum without walls rather than providing a unique physical destination; and consider the message it would send about Westchester County if a project with near unanimous support and no subsidy or money from the general fund that was conceived, launched and financed by volunteers, did not succeed. I challenge each of you to work together with your colleagues to remove uncertainties and let us begin to build today.
— Ray Quartararo, 2013 Gala Honoree

View photos of the 2013 Boardwalk Bound benefit, attended by over 350 supporters.