BRONX TIMES R 8 EPORTER, MAY 24-30, 2019 BTR
Bronx Ball Gala
Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and the Bronx Tourism Council co-hosted the 2019
Bronx Ball, the premier event of Bronx Week and the offi cial celebration of this year’s
Bronx Walk of Fame inductees, on Saturday, May 18 at Pelham Bay and Split Rock Golf
Course. This year’s honorees were critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Regina Spektor,
boxing legend Iran ‘The Blade’ Barkley and planetary scientist Carolyn Porco.
(above) Diaz and his wife Hilda (2nd from r) celebrated with this year’s inductees (l-r) Iran
Barkley, Regina Spektor and Carolyn Porco
(l-r) Gary Baker, Bronx Zoo executive creative director; Rachel Libretti, Bronx Zoo Partnerships
and Events director; Olga Luz Tirado, Bronx Tourism Council executive director;
Iran Barkley; Carolyn Porco; Diaz; Regina Spektor and Marlene Cintron, Bronx Economic
Development Corporation president. Photos by Laura Stone
(top left) Borough President Diaz (l) presented
an award to Bronx Walk of Fame
2019 inductee Carolyn Porco.
(top right) Iran Barkley (r) proudly accepted
his award from Diaz.
(middle left) Bronx Walk of Fame 2019
inductee Regina Spektor was proud and
overjoyed in her acceptance speech.
(middle right) Regina Spektor graciously
accepted her award from Diaz.
(above left) Grandmaster Melle Mel (l)
and his wife attended the ceremony.
(above right) Bronx Walk of Fame 2019
inductee Iran Barkley was super excited
to be honored. Julia Rodriguez, 87th Assembly District Female leader, received
the Key to the Borough.
Olga Luz Tirado (2nd from l) and Marlene Cintron (2nd from r)
presented Rachel Librety and Gary Baker with the Bronx Tourism