This Saturday, Nov. 6, the Prospect Park
Alliance will pay tribute to New York Mets captain John Franco
at its gala fundraiser The Carousel Ball.
The ace reliever and Brooklyn native (pictured in a 2000 photo celebrating his team’s National League Championship after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals), will be honored along with River Cafe owner Michael "Buzzy" O’Keeffe, the Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball organization and the Daily News,
Beginning at 6:30 pm, black-tie ticket holders will converge in a tent at the Park’s Carousel lawn for this year’s baseball-themed soiree to rub shoulders with the honorees, dance to live music performed by the Alan Bernstein Orchestra, bid at the silent auction and ride the Park’s 1912 hand-carved, wooden carousel.
Proceeds from the ball will be dedicated to maintaining the newly reconstructed Parade Grounds. Individual tickets are $300, $600 and $1,000; $75 junior tickets (for patrons under the age of 35) include dessert and dancing, beginning at 9 pm. Reserve tickets in advance by calling the Prospect Park Alliance development office at (718) 965-8988.