As professional event photographers we like to try and work with cool causes a few times a year. We heard about City Parks Foundation through the SummerStage event they put on every year in the middle of Central Park in New York City. We love parks, NYC, and concerts, so this looked like the perfect event for us to document. The funds raised that evening were to support City Parks Foundation’s free arts, sports, education and community-building programs held in parks around NYC. The celebrity filled event featured Steven Tyler receiving the inaugural, “SummerStage Icon” award for his work with the city. He’s quite the philanthropist, not just a rock icon. He even has his own charity that provides a big voice for abused girls called Janies Fund.
The City Parks Foundation describes Steven as, “A native New Yorker, rock icon Steven Tyler has performed some of rock and roll’s greatest hits including “Dream On”, “Sweet Emotion”, “Cryin’”, and “Janie’s Got a Gun”. Tyler is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, is a multi-Grammy Award winner, and is considered by Rolling Stone to be one of the 100 Greatest Singers. In 2016, Tyler received the United Nations Humanitarian Award for his work bringing hope and healing to girls who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect. Tyler is deeply committed to protecting the rights of songwriters and is a tireless advocate for raising awareness of addiction issues and recovery solutions.”
Check out the event from start to finish below, it was a blast! If you’re interested in seeing more of our event work all over the country, check out our events portfolio.
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