The Nature Conservancy’s Summer Benefit Raises $1M for Clean Water on Long Island

Clean Water Depends on Us

East Hampton, NY | July 11, 2017

The Nature Conservancy announced today its Summer Benefit for Clean Water on Long Island raised $1M. The event, which took place on Saturday, June 24 on the grounds of the Center for Conservation was aided by a picture-perfect evening.

During cocktails, which begin at 7 pm, guests were greeted by Co-Chairs Anne and Nicolas Erni and Beverly and Michael Kazickas. Guests enjoyed oysters on the half-shell grown in the waters surrounding Mashomack Preserve, a sustainable dinner by Glorious Foods, and wine donated by Domaine Franey.

The Summer Benefit raised funds and awareness for clean water on Long Island. “Tonight, we celebrate clean water and the connection between people and nature,” explained Nancy Kelley, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy on Long Island. “Every meal, every drink, every breath we take depends on nature. We are committed to restoring swimmable, fishable and drinkable waters locally, and we hope to use that knowledge with our colleagues across the nation and the globe as we tackle this worldwide crisis together.”

The honored speaker, Lynn Scarlett, Global Managing Director of The Nature Conservancy echoed the connectedness of our lands and waters in her remarks, “Our Water, Our Future,” a tribute to Long Island’s rich coastal history and the importance of its future protection. “Long Island is the nesting home to the largest colony of common tern, a bird that travels 6,500 kilometers to its wintering home in Latin America. This is a reminder that we are all connected. What we do here has an impact across the world.”
Celebrated Artist and Conservationist April Gornik, was featured in the exhibition, "SACRED BALANCE" a selection of works by artists in harmony with nature curated by Beth McNeill-Muhs.


The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

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Director of Communications, Long Island
(631) 487-1928


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