Annual Awards Gala

Thank You for Supporting Gala 41!


On Thursday, October 18, 2018, the Society hosted its 41st Anniversary Environmental Awards Gala at the magnificent Oheka Castle in Huntington.  Our annual Environmental Awards Gala drew hundreds of top leaders and decision-makers from Long Island’s business, political, environmental and civic communities, and it was truly a spectacular event!  The gala is the Society’s yearly opportunity to recognize people making exceptional contributions to the water quality protection and open space preservation on Long Island. It is also the Society’s primary fundraiser.

This year’s theme was “Silver Celebration” in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Long Island Pine Barrens Protection Act. Instead of simply commemorating the milestone, however, we celebrated all of the reasons why Long Islanders should enjoy the Pine Barrens, Long Island’s very own Central Park. After all, the Long Island Pine Barrens was, not only preserved for its pristine environment, but for the opportunities that it makes available for every Long Islander to enjoy.

This year, we honored the Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation – Rose Harvey, and the Executive Director of Environmental Advocates of New York, Peter Iwanowicz, for their state-wide commitment to protecting our natural resources.

Preparation for next year’s Anniversary Environmental Awards Gala is already underway. To find out how you can participate in Gala 42, call us at (631) 369-3300 or email our Program Manager, Katie Muether at kbmuether@pinebarrens.org.

Check out the photographs from our past Galas: