The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons celebrated another year of rehabilitating and successfully releasing animals back into the wild across Long Island with its annual GET WILD Summer Benefit.

The event was hosted by Molly Channing at the Channing Family Sculpture Garden on Saturday, August 13, 2016 and honored Ingrid Arneberg and Will Marin. Cindy Clifford was the evening’s emcee.

Notable Attendees included: Beth Ostrosky Stern, Howard Lorber, Leslie Alexander, Liz Brown, Ginnie Frati, Jackie Rogers, Curtis Sliwa, Shelley Berkoski, Sylvia Channing, Molly Channing, Ingrid Arneberg, Will Marin, Frances Cole Jones, Cindy Clifford, Missy Hargraves and Jill Rappaport.

Guests enjoyed live music along with cocktails and light fare. Moreover, for the first time, there was a VIP cocktail party to welcome the 2016 sponsors, which also featured live animals. An hour into the event, Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center Founder Ginnie Frati addressed guests with a short thank you speech for attending the event and for supporting the wildlife hospital’s cause. She extended a special thank you to Molly Channing of the Channing Daughters Vineyard for hosting the event in their beautiful sculpture garden. Also addressing the guests was Shelley Berkoski, Director of Development at the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center, who thanked all the volunteers and sponsors for making the event possible. She then awarded honorees Ingrid Arneberg and Will Marin with an engraved plaque to commemorate their time dedicated to the wildlife hospital. Emcee Cindy Clifford shared the story of how she first got involved with the center as well as highlighting the important work that the center does for wildlife all over the East End of Long Island. She also reminded guests to bid in the evening’s silent auction, from which all proceeds went directly to the hospital. She ended the speech by thanking Beth Ostrosky Stern and Curtis Sliwa for attending the event and supporting their cause.

A silent auction was held, on smartphones and iPads at the 501 Auctions website, before and during the event. Auction items included: Birds with Wisteria watercolor painting on silk by Ingrid Arneberg, Montauk photograph by Ann Weisman and the Wonder bronze figure with steel base by Gwen Marcus. Other notable auction items included paintings, photography and sculptures from: John A. Bell, Barbara Bilotta, Tim Cole, Vito DeVito, Dr. Robert Dressdale, April Gornik, Sylvia Hommert, Bill Kinney, Dianne Marxe, Barbara Maslen, Terry Nestle, Connie Oshrin, Christopher Paparo, Herb Simeone, Clarissa Payne Uvegi and Brian Wasarhaley. Additionally, once-in-a-lifetime experience packages, getaways such as a 1-night stay at classic Hamptons hotel the Southampton Inn, dinner reservations, sports memorabilia signed by sports icons Muhammad Ali, PelĂ© & Peyton Manning, beautiful designer jewelry from the likes of celebrity jewelry designer Margo Manhattan, and exclusive tickets to events such as MvVO’s Accessible Art Fair were available for bidding. Goodie bags were also gifted at the event, including items such as a gift voucher from couture hair salon Angelo David Salon and flavorful snacks from Pop Chips.

This year’s GET WILD Summer Benefit sponsors included: Leslie Alexander, Honorees Ingrid Arneberg & Will Marin, Douglas Elliman, LLC., Cygnet Foundation, Frances Jones & Keith Douglas, Howard Marton, Dayton, Ritz & Osborne, Ted Moudis Associates, Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Pat Garrity & Corcoran, Robert& Jewel Morris, Dr. Roberta & Alexander Olson, Vivian Picheny, Katharine Rayner, Pierce Roberts & Jonathan Canno, Melissa Wells, Rosalie Brinton, Missy Hargraves, Hutchison Landscape

With special thanks to: Andirondack Brewery, Channing Daughters Wine, Hamptons Magazine, Leslie Wine, Long Beard Brewing Company, Montauk Beverage Works and The Press News Group.

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