On July 31st, 2021, the 32nd Annual Summer Gala Benefit (The Journey Forward: Reconnecting Through Nature) was held at the South Fork Natural History Museum. The gala benefit raised funds for SOFO’s educational and environmental programs – programs designed to empower families to be responsible caretakers of the planet.
South Fork Natural History Museum Presents 32nd Gala Benefit, July 31
Founded in 1988 by SOFO Board President Andrew Sabin and a group of South Fork naturalists, the South Fork Natural History Museums came into existence due to concerns about the future of the area’s delicately balanced ecosystems.
Since inception, the South Fork Natural History Museum has been renowned for their environmental, climate, sustainable energy, community outreach, and marine science education programs, as well as their nature exhibits.
The 32nd South Fork Natural History Museum gala benefit on July 31 benefited
“Dr. Indy Burke, an ecosystem ecologist and the Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies; Michael B. Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice and Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School; Chef Kerry Heffernan, Chef at Grand Banksin Manhattan, a seafood sustainability and conservation leader who serves on the City Harvest Food Council; and environmentalists and long-time SOFO friends Kim & Greg Lippmann (SOFO Board Trustee) and their family.”
The gala itself was hosted by Ambassador, Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, a world renowned chef, Dottie Herman, CEO of Douglas Elliman Real Estate LLC., and our very own Carole Crist.
The evening began with a VIP cocktail reception from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm and featured tours of the Museum and the museum Grounds, with music by Alfredo Merat, and a few special guests from the local Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center.
The main reception that followed the cocktail hour featured an honoree presentation, dinner catered by Elegant Affairs Catering, spirits and beverages provided by Amagansett Wines and Spirits, Two Chicks Cocktails, Channing Daughters Winery, J.A. Baczewski Monopolowa Vodka and Gin, Lambay Irish Whiskey and Hampton Coffee Company.
The event featured entertainment from the Modern Mentalist Kevin Nicholas, DJ Danja, surprise guests, and live auctions that included opportunities to explore South America’s Wetland Jewel Pantanal in Brazil or investigate the lemurs in Madagascar with Time Magazine’s “Hero for the Plant” Russ Mittermeier.
Other live auction features included a Tom Brady Field Experience to play catch with NFL quarterback Tom Brady, Flowering of the Vines at Opus Vineyard in May 2022, and a trip to St. Bart’s. The event’s host committee was a spectacular list of names, too, including Taja Abitbol Cone, Greg Matthews, Sheila Rosenblum, and Adam Weiss. Media sponsors include Dan’s Papers, Hamptons Magazine, James Lane Post, The Express News Groups, and The Village Voice.
Tickets to the gala were priced at $1,400 for VIP tickets and $550 for general admission tickets. VIP Tables cost between from $10,000 and $50,000. Needless to say, a lot of money was earned for the South Fork Natural History Museum that night!