“Picque-Nique” Hits Home Run

Jim Hamilton’s “Picque-Nique” Benefits Friends of Ely Park

Funds Raised to Help Revitalize Lambertville Green Space

“Success” and “Sold out” were the words to describe the fabulous fundraising event benefit for Lambertville’s Friends of Ely Park held at Hamilton’s Grill Room on May 22, 2017. Attended by more than 125 revelers, the event raised just shy of $40,000 through ticket sales and donations in kind for high-end auction items.

The French-inspired Pique-nique, hosted by restaurateur Jim Hamilton, included a highly successful auction of luxury offerings beautifully executed by Suzanne Perrault and David Rago of Lambertville’s Rago Arts and Auctions.

Down the Middle
Robert Beck painting of a baseball game at Ely Park, titled “Down the Middle, was auctioned off at the event.

Included in the bidding were: dinner prepared by Jim Hamilton and Canal House Cooking’s Melissa Hamilton; an original oil painting by the artist Bob Beck; two Bespoke Polo Picnics at Tinicum Park produced by The Kitchen Potager’s Kristin Perry Schwarz and Elizabeth England; his and hers signature watches from Castor Jewelers; a Cooking Class and Dinner at the home of Pineville Tavern owner Andrew Abruzzesse; A Day of Beauty and Dinner at Liberty Pizza offered by Robin Fedoriconi and Danny Popkin; and House Seat Tickets to the award-winning Broadway Shows “Hamilton”, “Come From Away” and “Dear Evan Hansen” generously donated by Joe Benincasa, president and CEO of the Actors Fund.

Many thanks go out to the generous sponsors and patrons of Friends of Ely Park and executive chef Mark Miller and the talented staff of Hamilton’s Grill Room.   The proceeds of this event will be used by the Friends of Ely Park to help realize the goal of Jim Hamilton’s legacy project; the revitalization of Lambertville’s only dedicated green space, Ely Memorial Park.

The next exciting phase of the revitalization of Ely Memorial Park centers around making it ADA compliant and wheel chair accessible so physically challenged residents and visitors can enjoy the park. This is a community-based effort, and The Friends of Ely Park, a 401 (C) (3) non-profit, relies on caring individuals to participate and make this legacy project of local designer and restaurateur Jim Hamilton, a reality.  FOEP truly appreciates all the support and generous donations from our local and regional community.