Hudson Riverkeeper Paul Gallay will be the featured speaker at Take Me to the River, the Fund for a Better Waterfront’s Annual Fundraising Party.

Help fulfill The Vision for a Continuous, Public Waterfront

The event will be held at the Hoboken Elks Club on November 21, 2013 to raise funds for FBW’s mission, finishing a waterfront park along Hoboken’s Hudson River coastline that is both continuous and unquestionably public.


 Hudson_river_from_bear_mountain_bridgeThe Hudson Riverkeeper has a remarkable story to tell going after polluters of the Hudson River and sparking a movement to clean up rivers across the nation. Paul Gallay, the Hudson Riverkeeper, will relate this remarkable tale on Thursday night, November 21 at the Fund for a Better Waterfront’s (FBW) Annual Fundraising Party. The story echoes a similar grass roots effort in Hoboken to preserve its waterfront for the public’s use for generation to come, led by the advocacy efforts of FBW.

Contributions from area residents have been the most important source of support, sustaining the nonprofit Fund for a Better Waterfront (FBW) for the past 23 years. And the public is being asked to renew their  support by attending this   festive Annual Fundraising Party: Take Me to the River on November 21. The event will take place at the historic Hoboken Elks Club, 1005 Washington Street, Hoboken, New Jersey.

Teak on the Hudson is the sponsor for this event. Artisanal Latin American treats will be provided by Zafra Kitchens and its award-winning chef Maricel Presilla. There will be an open bar and entertainment. Dessert has been generously provided by Choc-O-Pain French Bakery & Cafe.

The event begins at 7 p.m. This festive affair has been held annually and provides an opportunity for Hoboken area residents to gather and celebrate the remarkable waterfront that is now enjoyed in Hoboken by people from all walks of life. It is also an opportunity to learn what can be done by all to fulfill the vision first proposed by FBW some 23 years ago.

For nearly 50 years, the Hudson Riverkeeper has been the clean water advocate for the Hudson River, establishing globally recognized standards for waterway and watershed protection. The Riverkeeper serves as the model and mentor for the growing Waterkeeper movement that includes nearly 200 Keeper programs across the country and around the globe. Riverkeeper began as the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association (HRFA), an environmental watchdog and enforcement organization founded by a group of concerned fisherman. Environmental attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has been one of the guiding lights for the Riverkeeper and currently serves as Vice Chair of its Board of Directors.

FBW has been guided by a single unifying vision since it began in 1990: to secure an undeniably public waterfront park along New Jersey’s Hudson River – now and for generations to come. FBW believes that successful waterfronts begin with sound planning and time-tested urban design, supported by a steadfast belief that the water’s edge belongs to the public.

FBW began in 1990, after the voters of Hoboken defeated an agreement between the City of Hoboken and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to build a 3.2 million square foot development at Hoboken’s South Waterfront. After this dramatic referendum victory, the nonprofit FBW was formed to develop a plan and a vision for Hoboken’s waterfront. The plan developed called for a continuous, public park at the water’s edge clearly separated from the upland private development. Today, the park at Hoboken’s South Waterfront has been the recipient of a series of awards, the most recent being the New Jersey American Planning Association’s designation as one of New Jersey’s 2013 Great Public Spaces.

Tickets for the event are on sale for $75 and can be purchased online at

Where: Hoboken Elks Club, 1005 Washington Street, Hoboken, New Jersey.

Date/Time: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 7 p.m.

For more information visit our website: or contact Executive Director Ron Hine at 201-659-8965/ More information on the Hudson Riverkeeper is available at www.riverkeeper .org.