More than 200 GQ staff members and subscribers recently pitched in to a neighborhood revitalization project at Thomas Jefferson Park in Manhattan. The project, part of national AmeriCorps Week, drew more than 1,500 volunteers as well as community and corporate partners.
GQ, a sponsor of the event, participated as part of its Gentlemen's Fund program, which was created in 2007 to mark GQ's 50th anniversary. The Gentlemen's Fund is designed to encourage individuals to become "agents of change by contributing to charities that champion these causes."
The park project was focused on greening and conservation. The day was kicked off with remarks from New York Gov. David A. Paterson, First Lady Michelle Paige Paterson and GQ Publisher Peter Hunsinger, with a special performance by singer/songwriter Matt White.
"It's a wonderful day for New York when GQ readers and the Gentlemen's Fund team up to help reglorify this fabulous park," Mr. Hunsinger said. "It adds up to a lot of fun and a lot of progress."
National AmeriCorps Week, May 9–16, is an annual recruitment and recognition event designed to bring more Americans into service while saluting AmeriCorps efforts around the country. AmeriCorps addresses a variety of issues, from community safety to protecting the environment, in communities across the U.S.