Help us bring in our 85th Anniversary with a jovial evening celebrating our past accomplishments and future progress! The Annual Benefit is hosted on the shore of Lincoln Pond at the Eldridge Research Station and is a critical event to ensure the success of the Preserve for years to come. As always, the Benefit will include gourmet local fare, music provided by excellent local musicians, and a live and silent auction.
To observe this incredible milestone, we are delighted to recognize four honorary guests and long-time supporters who encompass our four-part mission of Conservation, Education, Recreation and Research. Our Honorary Guests include: Shirley Stevens French for her longtime support of the Huyck Preserve's conservation efforts; Agnes Zellin from the Berne-Knox-Westerlo school district who has partnered with the Preserve to increase access to education opportunities for school children; Harry Carter, otherwise known as "DJ Hair Man" from the RPI public radio show and longtime member and supporter of our recreation and Lake Program; and Susan Beatty, Ph.D who has been part of the Preserve team for over 30 years, ranging from researcher to board member and Research Committee member. We look forward to honoring and hosting these four individuals for their commitment to the Huyck Preserve!
Also special to this year's anniversary, our auction items will follow the theme of Experience the Preserve and the Hilltowns. Rather than focusing mainly on material items, we are offering our guests the chance to bid on opportunities for learning new skills, enhancing their home environments, and/or gaining more knowledge about their surroundings, just to name a few. We invite you to support the skills and expertise of the many area artisans and professionals by participating in our Live and Silent Auction! We will be updating our list of donations as they arrive so please check back to see what exciting things we have to offer.
Each ticket sold includes delicious seasonal fare from the talent of Chef Bill Bensen from Rensselaerville's own Palmer House Cafe, live jazz music by John Savage Quartet and one raffle ticket for our 50/50 "Win-Win" Raffle! Everybody's a winner in this years raffle -- one lucky winner will take half the proceeds and the other half will benefit our Education Fund Campaign to bring more students to the Preserve. Additional raffle tickets are available for purchase of $6 for a single raffle or the triple-deal for $12. (Find the link to purchase below.)
Cocktails and Beverage Hour starts at 5:30 pm and Dinner Buffet will start at 6:30 pm.
We encourage you, your family and friends to join us for what promises to be a fun and celebratory evening to observe the legacy of the Huyck Preserve and ensure that it continues for another 85 years!