The Nature Conservancy’s Eighth Annual
Beaches and Bays Gala on June 28th, 2008
Beaches and Bays Gala
The Nature Conservancy
The Karmely Estate

The Nature Conservancy’s Eighth Annual Beaches and Bays Gala on June 28th, 2008 will be a star-studded affair. The annual event has attracted numerous celebrities and VIPs to the innovative and fun annual fundraising gala. This year the festive evening will take place at 127 Main Street in the heart of East Hampton. It will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served on the patio of the Karmely Estate – the historic former home of Robert Lion Gardiner. Guests can enjoy the spacious and lovely grounds before entering the main tent where a sumptuous dinner, catered by Glorious Food, is served. The festivities continue through the night with entertainment and lively dance music from the Paul Richard’s Band of Hank Lane Productions. An after-party for the junior attendees will take place in the courtyard lounge following the main event. The Nature Conservancy is excited to introduce this new aspect of the event, realizing the importance of developing the young leadership supporting the organization’s mission. Since 1951, the Nature Conservancy has protected more than 117 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of river worldwide through pursuing non-confrontational and pragmatic solutions to conservation challenges. The global scope of the organization is one of their unique facets, as their strength is reliant on being one organization with one common goal. However, at a local level, the organization works hand-in-hand with the community to lead Conservancy initiatives across multitudes of regions and landscapes. By utilizing the brightest scientific minds combined with creative and passionate spirits, The Nature Conservancy preserves biological diversity and creates innovative solutions to address environmental and conservation dilemmas.The Nature Conservancy on Long Island has had a productive past year working with numerous partners to improve the condition of the area’s bays and estuaries. Over thirty years ago, the waters of Great South Bay yielded a significant clam harvest. However those days have long since passed and their decrease has threatened the stability of the Long Island ecosystem. Actress and long time Bellport resident, Isabella Rossellini, has partnered with The Nature Conservancy to raise awareness of this issue. Isabella introduced her public service announcement campaign at the 7th Annual Beaches and Bays Gala on June 30th of last year. The goal is to witness this expansive stretch of land and water flourish in both shellfish and wildlife. However, this large-scale effort to restore and protect shellfish and sea grass is a daunting task. Once achieved, it will enhance the ecological viability and quality of Long Island’s waters for years to come. Funds raised by the Beaches and Bays Gala will be used to continue protecting Long Island’s magnificent resources on the land, along the coastline and in the water.