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The South Fork Natural History Museum Hosts Its 33rd Annual Summer Gala

It was a gorgeous night in the Hamptons that honored nature in all its glory.

Saturday August 6ethe South Fork Museum of Natural History celebrated the museum’s spectacular nature and ocean conservation efforts over the past 33 years at its annual summer gala.

Sylvia Earle, Andy Sabin
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Conserving our planet: the future starts now took place on the beautiful and captivating grounds of Bridgehampton, NY.

The only state-of-the-art natural history museum on the South Fork of Long Island, celebrated the museum’s spectacular nature and ocean conservation efforts over the past 33 years with VIP guests like “My Unorthodox Life’s” Julia Haart, Carole Crist and Sergio Nicolosi.

Sam Sabin, Lindsey Rand, Olivia Soares, Jamie Wolf, Riley McMahon, Alex Vecchio, Molly Wirth, Maria Cintron, Rafael Leonardo
photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2022 [email protected] 516-676-3939

The festive evening raised funds for SOFO’s educational and environmental programs and initiatives. The Benefit Gala’s main reception was hosted by Andy Sabin, President and Co-Founder of SOFO; and Diana Aceti, SOFO Development Director. Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer and Founder of Mission Blue, was honored for her unwavering commitment to protecting our oceans. Others honored that night included special friends of SOFO Jim Ash, Richard Grasso, Jeffrey C. Keil, Greg Manocherian and Carl Safina. SOFO also extended special thanks to Anke & Jürgen Friedrich and Susan & David Rockefeller, presidents of SOFO’s educational and environmental programs and initiatives. This year, the ambassador for the summer benefit gala was Liev Schreiber.

Over 400 guests started the evening with a divine cocktail featuring local birds that had been rescued by SOFO native wildlife from the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center. During the cocktail hour, an array of local flavors and flavors from Hamptons vendors and restaurants such as Montauk Shellfish Company, as well as Bamboo, Beacon, Bell & Anchor, East Hampton Grill, Eddie’s Pizza Truck, The Golden Pear, Page at 63 Main, Saaz, Shellworks and Takumi Taco.

The Benefit Gala’s main reception was hosted by Andy Sabin, President and Co-Founder of SOFO; and Diana Aceti, SOFO Development Director. The dinner reception was presented by Elegant Affairs Catering and guests were treated to cocktails and beverages provided by Michael Cinque, Amagansett Wines & Spirits, Channing Daughters Winery, JA Baczewski Monopolowa Vodka & Gin, Talkhouse Encore, Uni Tequila and Hampton Coffee Company. Beautiful flowers were also provided by Mark Masone.

During the live auction, guests had the opportunity to bid on unique experiences including an exclusive concert/dinner for two with Andrea Bocelli. This incredible experience includes 2 premium seat tickets to the concert where guests can enjoy the full symphony orchestra, choir and special guest host joining Mr. Bocelli on stage. Another auction item was the ultimate British Open golf experience, which includes a round of championship golf for 2 out of 5 former British Open golf courses, including all green fees, hours of departure and access to the club: Royal Troon Golf Club, Turnberry Resort-Ailsa Course, Kingsbarns Golf Links, Prestwick Golf Club and Carnoustie Golf Links, in addition to a 3 night stay in a classic room with a view of the resort at the Turnberry Resort (Ayrshire) and another 3 night stay in a Fairmont Standard Room at Fairmont St Andrews Full breakfast daily.

At the end of the evening, goody bags were enjoyed with delights such as proud event sponsor BIONOVA and Hampton Coffee Company. Media sponsors are Dan’s Papers, Hamptons Magazine, the James Lane Post, the Northforker, Sag Harbor Express and Social Life Magazine. Other SOFO gala sponsors included Amagansett Wine & Spirits, Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, J. A Baczewski, Bamboo, The Bell Anchor, Bill Miller & Associates, Carole Crist Capital with a Conscience, Channing Daughters, Decco, Digi Booths, East End Tick & Mosquito Control, East Hampton Grill, Eddie’s Pizza, Elegant Affairs, The Express-News Group, Greenberg Traurig, Hamptons Coffee Company, Moji Masala, Montauk Brewing Co., Montauk Pearl Oysters, T-shirts by 1TEE10TREES, Page au 63 Main, Saaz, and Le Safi.