The Nature Conservancy of Long Island hosted Nature Inspires! -- the Beaches and Bays Gala, on June 28 at the Center for Conservation in East Hampton. Co-Chairs Fred and Bettina Stelle joined 350 supporters to raise $740,000 as well as honor artist and philanthropist Bobbie Braun and the generosity of her family’s Neuwirth Foundation.
Ms. Braun collaborated with Silas Marder on a spectacular art show, which featured Ms. Braun’s landscape paintings, as well as works by Long Island artists Terry Elkins, Jim Gingerich, Jill Musnicki, Catherine Bezas and the Wednesday Group: En Plein Air Painters of the East End.
The event also honored the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for its longtime support of art programs at the Conservancy’s Warhol Preserve in Montauk.
Guests pledged nearly $200,000 during the live auction in support of the Conservancy’s work to reduce nitrogen pollution in Long Island waters. For more information about the clean water campaign, please see nature.org/longisland and longislandcleanwaterpartnership.org.
We thank all our guests and corporate sponsors ITG and Bloomberg.