(June 2017…Bridgehampton, NY) Group for the East End (groupfortheeastend.org) is celebrating 45 years of protecting the environment at their annual Swing Into Summer Benefit on Saturday, June 17 from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at The Bridge in Bridgehampton. An exhibit of whimsical wildlife sculptures crafted entirely from marine debris will be unveiled, including a life-size osprey, a giant jellyfish with eight-foot tentacles and a Rastafarian angelfish. Volunteers made the sculptures from the trash they collected during a series of beach cleanups sponsored by Group for the East End. The exhibit raises awareness about the harmful impact of pollution on wildlife and marine life. During cocktails, guests will be invited to get their creative on and add bottle caps, fishing line, and plastic straws to complete a sculpture in progress, which will be added to the collection and displayed at Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue.
“Over the past year, we have made substantial progress in cleaning up our region’s waters, protecting critical habitats, and educating our children about the beautiful and fragile East End environment,” says Group for the East End president, Bob DeLuca. “But none of these achievements would be possible without the generous support of our dedicated members who come together each year to raise nearly 50% of our annual budget at our exceptional summer gala.”
The benefit, hosted by Stéphane Samuel and Robert M. Rubin, will feature cocktails, dinner, dancing, an auction led by comedic actor Richard Kind, and the most spectacular sunset water view on the East End.
New this year is the introduction of the Ceres Award, which will be presented to Joey Wölffer. “In Roman mythology, Ceres is the Goddess of the Environment, and we couldn’t think of a better first recipient for this award than Joey Wölffer,” says Group for the East End’s chairman, Katherine Leahy Birch. “Joey has been a longtime supporter of the Group, as was her late father Christian. Her family’s vineyard is one of the few Long Island vineyards certified as sustainable by Long Island Sustainable Winemaking. Through Joey’s guidance, the winery employs sustainable practices to reduce soil erosion, water-recycling methods to reduce pesticide use, and more. We’re proud to honor her this year.”
In addition to The Bridge, sponsors include Beach Magazine, Hero Beach Club, and Wölffer Estate Vineyard. Tickets start at $1,000 per person, and can be purchased online at groupfortheeastend.org/events/summer-benefit.
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