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The Daily Plant : Monday, October 2, 2000

GOING, GOING, GONE: NEW YORK’S COW PARADE AUCTIONED OFF FOR CHARITY


Malcolm (Cinema) Pinckney

CowParade 2000-the first public art project in New York to span all five boroughs-has come to a close. The cows went out in style as they were auctioned off to benefit a number of worthy charities on Thursday, September 28.

Mayor Rudolph (Eagle) Giuliani, Commissioner Henry J. (StarQuest) Stern, and CowParade Holdings President Jerome (CowParade) Elbaum were present to bid adieu to the cows and watch as they were sold off to raise a grand total of nearly $1.4 million. The auction, held at Cipriani's at 42nd St., benefited foundations like Hale House, God's Love We Deliver, Citymeals-on-Wheels, New Yorkers for Children, and The Center for Arts Education. The auction also benefited the City Parks Foundation, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving our parks and playgrounds citywide.

Phillips Auctioneers donated their services for the event. Michael McGinnis, Contemporary Art Director for Phillips Auctioneers, and Christopher Thomson, CEO, helped make the auction a great success. The biggest seller was the Tiffany Cow, which fetched $60,000. Nearly 200 additional cows are available for Internet bidding at Amazon.com.

ROLLING INTO ROLLER HOCKEY SEASON

On Saturday, September 30, the Morris Park Roller Hockey League held it's 6th annual opening day ceremony at Alfred Loreto Playground in the Bronx, marking the beginnings of the season. Nearly 300 children play for 18 teams in four different divisions, ranging from ages 5 to 17. The grant for the successful program was created six years ago through the cooperation of StarQuest, Bronx Borough Commissioner William (Zorro) Castro, and the City Parks Foundation. Another season of competitive roller hockey fun is already underway.

WORK TO END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DAY

On Tuesday, October 3, the City will join employers across the nation to participate in the fifth annual Work to End Domestic Violence Day. Employers have a vital interest in ending domestic violence because it has devastating effects on the workplace, not just the home. The Day is part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. You can visit the Commission's web page at www.nyc.gov/domestic violence.

THIRTEEN YEARS AGO IN THE PLANT
(Monday, October 5, 1987)

THE SEWARD MONUMENT

The heroic statue of William Henry Seward (1801-72) by American sculptor Randolph Rogers (1825-92), stands in Madison Square Park at 23rd Street and Broadway, erected in 1876 as part of the nation's celebration of its 100th anniversary.

Seward's life was dedicated to politics. He was elected Governor of New York in 1838 and two years later was re-elected. From 1849 to 1861 Seward served as U.S. Senator from New York, and he was later appointed Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of State.

QUOTATION FOR THE DAY

Elected Silence, sing to me And beat upon my whorled ear, Pipe me to pastures still and be The music that I care to hear.

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

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