Last Saturday’s annual “Get Wild” summer gala benefiting the nonprofit Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons proved there was much to fete for the organization. Held on the sand at Dune Beach in Southampton, the event, chaired by Beth Ostrosky Stern, Christopher Obetz and Ellen Scarborough, celebrated the rehabilitation and successful release of Long Island’s native wildlife.
Guests got to mingle with Blossom the Opossum, Sonja the red tailed hawk, Kaylala the great horned owl, and Cutie Pie the screech owl, before hitting the sand.
Nope, not a baby! This feathered friend is full grown.
Friends of the Rescue Center were greeted on the boardwalk by some of the organization’s rehabilitated creatures before taking off their shoes and hitting the sand for a barefoot clam bake. With entertainment provided by the band Jetty Four, we saw spontaneous dancing and plenty of singing along to cover-songs spanning all generations of music.
Executive Director and Founder of the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons, Ginnie Frati, thanked guests for their generous support throughout the year. Donations are used towards maintaining the center’s crucial medical equipment, veterinary care and training for their staff. Many of the animals they treat are injured by humans, and the center aims to save these creatures and rehabilitate them to be released back into the wild.
Attendees hovered over a plethora of silent auction items while feasting on passed plates like mini wild salmon filets over polenta, cute takeout boxes of seafood pasta and decadent brownie bites. Some of the amazing items up for bid included a limited edition snowy owl sculpture from Dianne Marxe; bottles from LiV Vodka; season tickets for the Hampton Theatre Company; a cashmere blanket from Christopher Fischer; Dinner at Benjamin Steakhouse; a day of beauty at Angelo David Salon and tickets to Mamma Mia!
And for just $20,000+ you can still bid on a one hour photo session with Howard Stern, which is being auctioned online until August 21.
Guests also walked away with gift bags filled with luxury items from Christopher Fischer Cashmere, Martha Clara Vineyards, Angelo David Salon, Smashbox, and Dirty Blonde Cocktails.
Generous sponsors such as Avis Richards of Birds Nest Foundation, Hamptons Magazine, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Smartwater®, Brugal Rum, Martha Clara Vineyards and so many others made the evening possible.
Cheers to another year of success ahead,