The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons celebrated another year of rehabilitating and successfully releasing animals back into the wild across Long Island with its annual GET WILD Summer Gala. The event hosted by Molly Channing at the Channing Family Sculpture Garden on Saturday, August 13, honored Ingrid Arneberg and Will Marin. Cindy Clifford was the evening’s emcee.
Guests enjoyed live music along with cocktails and light fare. A silent auction included: Birds with Wisteria watercolor painting on silk by Ingrid Arneberg, Montauk photograph by Ann Weisman and the Wonder bronze figure with steel base by Gwen Marcus. Other notable items for auction include paintings, photography and sculptures from: John A. Bell, Barbara Bilotta, Tim Cole, Vito DeVito, Dr. Robert Dressdale, April Gornik, Sylvia Hommert, Bill Kinney, Dianne Marxe, Barbara Maslen, Terry Nestle, Connie Oshrin, Christopher Paparo, Herb Simeone, Clarissa Payne Uvegi and Brian Wasarhaley. Additionally, once-in-a-lifetime experience packages such as getaways and dinner reservations, sports memorabilia, signed by sports icons Muhammad Ali, Pelé plus Peyton Manning, and beautiful designer jewelry will be available for bidding.
This year’s GET WILD Summer Gala sponsors include: Leslie Alexander, Honorees Ingrid Arneberg & Will Marin, Douglas Elliman, LLC., Cygnet Foundation, Frances Jones & Keith Douglas, Howard Marton, Dayton, Ritz & Osborne, Ted Moudis Associates, Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Pat Garrity & Corcoran, Robert& Jewel Morris, Dr. Roberta & Alexander Olson, Vivian Picheny, Katharine Rayner, Pierce Roberts & Jonathan Canno, Melissa Wells, Rosalie Brinton, Missy Hargraves, Hutchison Landscape
A special thanks went to: Andirondack Brewery, Channing Daughters Wine, Hamptons Magazine, Leslie Wine, Long Beard Brewing Company, Montauk Beverage Works and The Press News Group.
The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center, Inc., Eastern Long Island’s only wildlife hospital, is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the rehabilitation of wild animals impacted by encroachment of humans on their habitat. It is a grass roots organization that grew from a few concerned friends to a group of over 3,000 members and supporters. The center is a full-time professional wildlife hospital staffed by licensed rehabilitators, biologists, animal behaviorists and volunteers. Over 300 people have been trained to assist in wildlife rescues. The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center is located on Munn’s Pond Park through a cooperative licensing agreement with Suffolk County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation. The center is situated on a greenbelt of public land parcels totaling several thousand acres and stretches from Tiana Bay to Peconic Bay located on the eastern end of Long Island, NY. This is a unique and irreplaceable ecosystem consisting of salt and fresh water wetlands, Pine Barrens, deciduous forest and meadowland. It is the perfect setting for a wildlife rehabilitation center. The hospital is designed exclusively for wild animals. Unlike a veterinary hospital, there are no ambient noises or smells to stress the wildlife that are recovering within. The Wildlife Rescue Center receives over 10,000 calls each year for information or assistance with wild animal encounters. We also provide educational programs to local elementary and secondary schools. Students from local colleges participate in cooperative education programs and internships. The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center annual operating budget exceeds $650,000, almost all of which comes from the generosity of donors.