- The first annual "Save The Great American Wildlife" a/k/a the Grizzly Bear fundraiser to benefit the Endangered Species Coalition (ESC), hosted by Denise
and Arden Wohl
, and artist Tom Sachs
took place in Southampton on Saturday, August 20, 2011.
Sean Avery, Derek Blasberg and Hilary Rhoda. (Courtesy Photo: BFA Agency)
The event was held at a converted barn that opened into a small vineyard, the intimate gathering included guests Johan Lindeberg
, Yigal Azrouel
, Waris Ahluwalia
and Lola Schanbel
, Sean Avery
, Monique Pean
, Cecilia Dean
and featured special musical guests The Misshapes
. Guests received a special limited edition tee shirt with a print featuring a grizzly bear and her cub to help bring awareness to the important work of the ESC and wildlife created by Sachs.
This was the the ESC's first Hamptons event and they hope to make it an annual event, with a different animal featured. Last summer they held a "Party for the Pelicans" in New York City.
The ESC wants to bring awareness to the East End about the changes in Congress for pro-environment. More than 1,000 species are listed as endangered with almost 600 here in the United States. The ESC picks which animal to feature at their benefit depending on which species is most likely to be pressured to have their protection removed. Grizzly Bears are only able to live in a few areas in the United States, so they are more vulnerable to climate change, although grizzly bears are slowly beginning to thrive, their total population remains threatened, which is why the ESC chose them as the featured animal.
The ESC is a national network of hundreds of conservation, scientific, education, religious, sporting, outdoor recreation, business and community organizations working to protect our nation's disappearing wildlife and last remaining wild places. Through education, outreach and citizen involvement, they work to protect endangered species and the special places where they live.
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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