October 11, 2018


Marissa Shorenstein with PTNY board members, Joe Scott, Ed Bergstraesser of AT&T, and David Bronston, and Robin Dropkin, PTNY Executive Director, at the George W. Perkins Award reception.

Parks & Trails New York is New York's leading statewide advocate for parks and trails, dedicated since 1985 to improving our health, economy, and quality of life through the use and enjoyment of green space.

This year, we honored AT&T, and its Northeast Regional President, Marissa Shorenstein, for the company’s commitment to strengthening communities, protecting the environment, and improving lives through its community initiatives.

melissa-shorenstein-image-logo.jpgAs a leading sponsor of Parks & Trails New York’s I Love My Park Day, AT&T New York has been an invaluable corporate partner helping to promote volunteerism and the stewardship of New York’s magnificent state parks and historic sites.

Since its inception in 2012, I Love My Park Day has grown exponentially in size and impact. The event now engages more than 8,000 volunteers in valuable clean-up and improvement projects at 125 state parks and historic sites across the state. The enormous growth and success of the event would not have been possible without the leadership support of AT&T New York.

AT&T has also worked with organizations such as Wild Earth, Mohonk Preserve and the Winnakee Land Trust on numerous projects throughout the state that champion the appreciation and stewardship of our environment, with a particular focus on youth.

Parks & Trails New York presented the Perkins Award at a gala cocktail reception
from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on October 11, 2018
at The University Club at One West 54th Street.


Thank you to the following individuals and organizations for their generous support:


Anne H. Cabot

Con Edison

Greenberg Traurig, LLP



Phillips Lytle LLP
A. Joseph Scott, III


Cuddy & Feder LLP
Ford Law Firm LLP
Patrick Jenkins
Richenthal Foundation
Stuart & Janice Shorenstein
Jennifer Speers
Lucy R. Waletzky, M.D.

Honorary Chairs

Leecia Eve, Verizon
Frances A. Resheske, Con Edison
Lee Schroeder, Altice

Honorary Committee

Ed Bergstraesser
David Bronston & Patty Brown
B. Deborah Cohen & Edgar M. Masters
Cuddy & Feder LLP
Walt & Jane Daniels
Dr. James C. & Dr. Caroline W. Dawson
Douglas Dimitroff
Greenberg Traurig
John & Betsy Hunter
Patrick B. Jenkins
Robert & Carol Kafin
Judy & Eric Mower
Anne & Fred Osborn III
Anne Perkins Cabot
Phillips Lytle LLP
Richard & Kathleen Remmer
Ana Rua
A. Joseph Scott, III & Colleen O’Connell
Mary Fiess Shaffer
Michael Tannen
Liz Thorndike
Penelope P. Wilson
Kathy Wylde
Stephen P. Younger

About the George W. Perkins Award

The George W. Perkins Award was established by Parks & Trails New York to honor outstanding environmental leadership and public service.

The Award is named for George W. Perkins, who, as a long-time member and president of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, was a model of the best in conservation leadership. The Award is presented to a leader with a distinguished record of environmental accomplishment and public service.

The Perkins Award has a distinguished history, honoring leaders in government, business, and philanthropy.
Past Perkins honorees include Governor Cuomo, Douglas Durst, Citi, Joan Davidson, Brookfield, Larry Rockefeller, and Diana Taylor.

The George W. Perkins Award is usually presented in the fall at a cocktail reception in New York City. These events typically attract an audience of 100-200 guests including public officials, corporate and business leaders, and people active in environmental and civic endeavors. They also bring together old and new friends of both Parks & Trails New York and the honoree.