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Sunset Garden Party

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cordially invites you to the fifth annual


Wednesday, June 14, 2017
at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island

2017 Honoree

Four Freedoms Park Conservancy’s signature fundraising event – its 5th annual Sunset Garden Party - will honor award-winning journalist, Tom Brokaw, and his incredible commitment and extraordinary leadership in the defense of free speech and expression.

 The theme of this year’s event is Freedom of Speech & Expression – the first universal human right named in President Roosevelt’s pivotal 1941 State of the Union Address. Tom Brokaw, who was the Master of Ceremonies at the Park’s dedication ceremony in October 2012, has spent his entire distinguished journalism career defending and promoting freedom, particularly the role of a free press in our democracy.

A beautiful evening of music and cocktails at Four Freedoms Park surrounded by the New York City skyline.

Music by Peter Duchin

Online ticketing is now closed for this event. If you would like to purchase tickets, you may do so at the door. 

For more information please call 212.204.8831 or write to

Four Freedoms Park Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax-deductible as provided by law. The non-deductible portion of each ticket is $75.


Tom Brokaw has spent his entire distinguished journalism career with NBC News beginning in 1966 in the Los Angeles bureau where he covered Ronald Reagan’s first run for public office, the rise of the Sixties counter culture, the assassination of Bobby Kennedy and the 1968 presidential campaign.

From Los Angeles, Brokaw went to Washington as the White House correspondent during Watergate and as the principal back up for John Chancellor as anchor of NBC Nightly News. Next stop: New York and the TODAY show followed by his appointment as anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.

He has an impressive list of firsts, including the first interview with Mikhail Gorbachev; the first network report on human rights abuses in Tibet accompanied by an exclusive interview with the Dali Lama; the only American network anchor to report from Berlin the night the Berlin Wall came down, which earned him The Order of Merit from the German government.

In 1998 Brokaw published his first book, THE GREATEST GENERATION, one of the most popular nonfiction books of the 20th century. He followed that with six other books. He is also a popular essayist for publications ranging from THE NEW YORK TIMES to ROLLING STONE and a wide assortment of other periodicals and newspapers.

Brokaw has won every major award in his craft, including Peabody, Duponts, Emmys and lifetime achievement recognition.  In the spring of 2016 Brokaw was awarded the coveted Legion of Honor by the French government for his extensive reporting on World War II. In November of 2014 Brokaw was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama, the highest civilian award given to those who made “meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” Follow him on Twitter at @tombrokaw.