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Eastern Long Island Hospital Gala

Originally Posted: August 05, 2011

NYC Ballet Master in Chief, Peter Martins works with Robert Fairchild and Sara Mearns as they rehearse for "Ocean's Kingdom." (Courtesy Photo: Paul Kolnik)

Greenport - With a long-standing history of caring for the communities it serves, Eastern Long Island Hospital is pleased to share the beauty of one of nature's open spaces on the North Fork through a cooperative arrangement with Peconic Land Trust and McCall Vineyard and Preserve at its 2011 Gala on Saturday, August 13. The Gala's program will educate guests on the vital role of land preservation in preserving and promoting agricultural production while celebrating local bounty.

Today, the preservation of open space on the East End is becoming even more important to the daily lives of our local citizens. Serving the health and well-being of a farming community for well over 100 years, ELIH has been a valuable resource to those "working the land." In turn, ELIH has benefitted from the many natural resources that come from fertile land. Fruits and vegetables grown by local farmers served as the first donations to the hospital's food pantry in the early 1900's.

McCall Vineyard and Preserve recognizes the importance of environmental responsibility and the effects of overdevelopment on the sensitive eco-systems that exist on Long Island. Formerly Downs Farm, the site of the Gala is a nature preserve with a rich history that dates back to our Native American ancestry. McCall Vineyard and Preserve realizes that the land and the well-being of its people are symbiotic by natural design. It was the Native Americans and our early settlers who recognized this extraordinary relationship of land and man.

"McCall Vineyard and Preserve is a fine example of how land preservation improves the quality of life in our community through its sustainable farm practices," states Paul J. Connor. "With vines planted and cattle grazing on a nature preserve powered by wind energy, Gala guests will have an opportunity to learn about conservation and see it in action. The health and wellness of local families depend on those practices that promote agriculture with clean air and water while balancing nature with the planned development needs of our residents."

Guests will be part of an exciting evening with a continuous feast of culinary delights including cocktails, raw bar, food and wine pairings. They will experience the benefits of preservation, conservation and responsible agricultural practices, enjoy the vistas and open space, and sample the bounty of the land. Gala tickets are priced at $175 per person; sponsorship opportunities start at $1,000. Proceeds benefit Emergency care at Eastern Long Island Hospital. A complete list of luxury prizes is shown at www.ELIH.org/Gala, with additional opportunities to show support for ELIH or make reservations online. For more event information, call 631-477-5164.

An exciting new addition to the live auction just came in for the Eastern Long Island Hospital Gala. On August 13, Summer Gala guests will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to bid on an exclusive evening with one of the greatest musicians and songwriters of our time, Sir Paul McCartney. For all those Beatles' fans out there, this may be your chance to meet the one and only, Paul McCartney and attend the world premiere ballet performance of "Ocean's Kingdom" at the New York City Ballet's Fall Gala on September 22 at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater.

Tapping into his classical side, this is the first time that McCartney has composed an orchestral score for a ballet performance and it's creating a great deal of enthusiasm. "Ocean's Kingdom" is a quintessential 'Romeo and Juliet' love story between two rival kingdoms. Costume design by Paul's daughter, Stella, makes the production a family affair. In addition to the debut of "Ocean's Kingdom," the New York City Ballet is pulling out all the stops with a special tribute performance to Sir Paul of George Balanchine's "Union Jack." Choreographed by ballet master in chief, Peter Martins, The New York Times reported that Martins approached McCartney about the collaboration at a fund-raiser for the School of American Ballet.

Winners of this fabulous live auction prize will receive two tickets to the live performance which includes door-to-door limousine services, a black tie cocktail reception followed by an elegant celebratory dinner and premium VIP seating with the 'stars' of the evening. The bidding for this all inclusive package begins at $5,000. All proceeds from the live auction benefit Emergency Care at Eastern Long Island Hospital. For more information, call the ELIH Foundation Office, 631-477-5164.

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