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Raise A Glass To Clean Water On Long Island During The Nature Conservancy’s Summer Benefit

Nicole Barylski

2016 Co-Chairs Peter Flaherty, Pam Flaherty, Ina Garten, Jeffrey Garten, Nicholas Erni and Anne Erni at last year's soiree. (Photo: R.Cole for Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com)

On Saturday, June 24, join The Nature Conservancy, a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically-important lands and waters, for its annual Summer Benefit for Clean Water on Long Island.

Taking place at The Center for Conservation in East Hampton, attendees will enjoy cocktails, a jazz trio, sustainable dinner by Glorious Food, and much more. This year's soiree will celebrate honored guest and speaker Lynn Scarlett, Global Managing Director of The Nature Conservancy and artist and conservationist April Gornik. Anne and Nicolas Erni and Beverly and Michael Kazickas will serve as Benefit Co-Chairs.

The evening will also highlight Sacred Balance, an exhibit curated by Beth McNeill-Muhs of the McNeill Art Group that features a selection of works by artists John Alexander, Scott Bluedorn, Bobbie Braun, Tapp Francke, April Gornik, Kara Hoblin, Cynthia Knott, Jerome Lucani, Jeff Muhs, and Cindy Pease Roe that are in harmony with nature.

"Through the eyes of 10 specially-selected artists, Sacred Balance captures the essence of our natural environment, our connection to it, and our responsibility to preserve the safety, longevity, and beauty of Long Island," noted McNeill. "As stewards of our Earth, we need to ensure that future generations will shift their perspective, one that fosters an ecological culture. With compassion, education, advocacy, and creativity, we can achieve a Sacred Balance."

20 percent of sales from Sacred Balance will support The Nature Conservancy's work for clean water on Long Island.

"The Nature Conservancy is working to restore swimmable, fishable and drinkable waters across Long Island and this beautiful art show will help raise awareness about clean water and conservation," shared Nancy Kelley, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy on Long Island.

Funds from the Summer Benefit will support The Conservancy's science, technology, advocacy and public-policy work that the organization engages in on a daily basis to stem the tide of water pollution.

The Nature Conservancy's Summer Benefit begins at 7 p.m., and tickets start at $1,500.

The Center for Conservation is located at 142 Sag Harbor Turnpike in East Hampton. For more information, visit www.nature.org.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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