WPBF’s annual fall gala is one of the organization’s major fundraisers that support the city’s beautiful gardens, capital projects and programs. At the 2017 sold-out gala, held at Westchester Hills Golf Club in October, there were about 200 attendees. Themed Basket in the Park, the gala honored Barbara and Richard Dannenberg, 20-year Platinum sponsors of the iconic Basket on North Broadway; and the White Plains Department of Public Works, represented by DPW Commissioner Richard Hope and Deputy Commissioner Stefania Mignone for their cooperation and facilitation of WPBF’s mission to make White Plains beautiful. DPW is involved every year in helping to plant daffodil bulbs and was instrumental in building and installing the new Basket in 2017, replacing the original that was destroyed by a car accident a year earlier. Many individuals supported the Gala by attending the event as well as by buying space in the Gala Journal and donating gifts for a raffle and silent auction. Among those attending and sending congratulatory messages were city and state notables.