NYC Local, Bruce Bent II, Helps Preserve Historic Statue in Abingdon Square Park

Bent donates to NYC Parks Department; contributes new sign to park statue honoring NYC WWI soldiers

New York, NY, June 26, 2017 --( New York City local Bruce Bent II recently contributed to Abingdon Square Park, by donating the funds needed for a new plaque. The park is home to a commemorative WWI bronze statue known as The Doughboy, originally built in 1921. The statue honors soldiers from the area who served and gave their lives in WWI. When the plaque was fading from years of wear and tear, Bent coordinated with his company and took action.

“Our family business, Double Rock Corp., was honored to make a contribution to the NYC Parks Department to cover the cost of a new sign. The Doughboy means a lot to local families. The Parks Department works hard work to preserve history in NYC, so we wanted to do our part to help ensure future generations would be able to enjoy this WWI statue.”

Working with Kate Spellman, from the NYC Parks Department, Bent helped devise a plan to update The Doughboy. The inscription on the monument was too delicate and significant to be outright replaced or repaired. Instead they used the donation to build a new plaque next to the old inscription on the monument. The new sign contains the original inscription, as well as a history of Abingdon Square Park.

Bruce Bent II and his family have historical ties to the memorial, which encouraged his sense of personal drive to take care of it. Joseph Melia, Bent’s great uncle - a resident of Brooklyn - served in WWI in the field artillery, and Bent’s father, Bruce Bent, is a former Marine.

Abingdon Square Park is one of New York City's oldest parks, as well as one of its smallest. It is maintained by the Abingdon Square Conservancy, a community-based park association, in cooperation with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

About Bruce Bent II

Bruce Bent II is the Vice Chairman and President of Double Rock, a leading cash management and financial technology company. Mr. Bent is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, a peer network connecting nearly 10,000 young global business leaders worldwide, and was former finance chairman of its Gotham chapter in Manhattan. He was a member of Entrepreneur’s Organization in New York, and has also served on the President’s Advisory Council of Scenic Hudson, an environmental organization and land trust that protects, preserves, and restores the Hudson River and its riverfront as a public and natural resource.
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