Wild Night for Wildlife 2011


Wildly Successful

Quogue Wildlife Refuge hosted its fifth annual Wild Night for Wildlife benefit gala on Saturday, July 16, at the historic home of Valerie and Simon Rose in Quogue, and many individuals and businesses deserve special recognition for their part in helping to make the event such a huge success.

A special thank you to our hosts, the Roses, who graciously opened their home for this year’s event; it was simply magnificent.

Thanks also to this year’s keynote speaker and guest of honor, Bill Ritter, Eyewitness News anchorman and 20/20 correspondent. We were thrilled to have him be such an integral part of the evening’s festivities.

A big thank you to Cory Davenport, our floral designer, whose artistic talents make our event venues a magical place. Thanks also to Aspatuck Gardens for donating the decorative plants and flowers that adorned the tent.

Thank you to our caterers, Elaine and Christian from the Stone Creek Inn, for paying such close attention to detail. Thanks also to Lorraine and David Girard of Buoy One in Westhampton, who generously donated the seafood station for this year’s benefit.

A majority of wine for the evening was donated by Wölffer Estate Vineyards and Stables. Special thanks to Peggy Lauber, who coordinated the effort, and Laura Romano, who was the server at the event. Thanks to Duck Walk Vineyards, which also donated wine.

Our exclusive vodka provider was Tito’s Handmade Vodka, which is organic and made in the United States. Southampton Publick House served as our beer sponsor, and was also instrumental in securing the remainder of the evening’s wine at a discount.

Thank you to The Southampton Press, event advertising sponsors, and to Henry Bramwell of Visionary Graphics, who donated our benefit posters.

Special thanks to auctioneer Wendy Walsh and auction chair Eleanor Kobel.

Guests danced the night away to the music of The Hackensack Men & The Trenton Horns, while VIP guests enjoyed acoustic music played by Kevin Vlismas.

A special thank you to the folks at Hampton Coffee Company, who donated their time, services and coffee products for the event. Sweet Jenni’s Bake Shop of Westhampton provided their mobile gourmet cupcake truck, made possible by Kobel Plumbing & Heating.

Thanks to Lori Isola and Gail Evans, event photographers, and Chris Isola and Daniel Bennett, event security.

Many thanks to all of the businesses and individuals who made donations to our auctions and for the goody bags.

A very special thank you to Trish Kaloski, event coordinator, the Benefit Committee, volunteers and Refuge staff for their involvement in creating a magical night.

And finally, a great big thanks to all of our contributors; your continued support is greatly appreciated!
Mary J. Post & Holly J. Degnan
Benefit Committee Co-Chairs