Annual Awards Gala

Guests filling the room at Oheka Castle for the Pine Barrens Society Gala

Join us for Gala 42 on October 23rd!

Gala 42 is nearly here! And the Society is excitedly preparing for one of the best nights of the year for Long Island’s environmental community. Each year, around 200 of the Society’s supporters, friends, government officials, environmental leaders and more assemble to celebrate the ecosystems of the Long Island Pine Barrens. This year, we hope you are one of them! 

The Pine Barrens Protection Act was unanimously approved by the New York State Legislature and signed into law on July 14, 1993 by Governor Mario Cuomo. The legislation created regulations that called for preservation of 52,000 acres in a Core Preservation Area to remain forever wild and protection of an additional Compatible Growth Area of 48,000 acres, where some development is permitted under strict regulation.

Government at every level worked to save the Pine Barrens and Suffolk residents committed nearly one billion dollars through voter referenda supported by as much as 84% at the polls, in an effort to preserve the most diverse habitat anywhere in New York State and protect the purest water anywhere on Long Island. It is our high honor and great privilege to declare that the preservation goals have been exceeded and continue to this day. Long Island’s Pine Barrens have been saved! Come celebrate this achievement at our Annual Gala!

When: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 – Cocktails: 6:30 pm | Dinner: 8:00 pm

Where: Oheka Castle, Huntington, New York

We’re to honor two Long Island civic leaders, Sid Bail and Andrea Spilka.  Long Island’s civic leaders do so much to improve the quality of life on Long Island.  It’s time for some recognition of these community leaders. Our other honoree is Robin Hopkins Amper, who did so much for the Pine Barrens Society and died in April – she will be honored in memoriam.


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Check out the photographs from our past Galas:

Lunar Module Display inside the entrance of Oheka CastleDecorative hedges outside of Oheka CastleDick and Kathy in front of a camera filming the TV ShowSilent auction displayDick Amper and Kathy Nasta holding a 4 and a 0 balloonfour staff and volunteers at the galaView from the stage at the 40th anniversary environmental awards galaHistorical library at Oheka CastlePeople gathered around a table at the cocktail hour of the galaA group of middle school students show off their awardsGuests network at the cocktail hour of the GalaFour women sing the National Anthem behind a podiumThree founders accept awardsFour founders of the Long Island Clean Water Partnership are honoredPeople dancingSaxophone playerGrand interior staircase of Oheka CastleExterior of Oheka CastleTable setting at Oheka Castle for dinnerBarbershop quartet performs the national anthemGuests seated at tables at the Pine Barrens Society GalaNYSDEC Carrie Meek Gallagher accepts an award from the Pine Barrens SocietySinger of a live bandBar at Oheka CastleCrew sitting in an AV boothMiddle school students honored for their science project at the Pine Barrens Society GalaPro bono lawyers honored at the Pine Barrens Society GalaSwing dancers at Oheka CastleJim Gaughran then board chair of the SCWA accepts an awardCheese platter at the cocktail hour at the Pine Barrens Society GalaAsparagus and meats laid out for the cocktail hour at Oheka CastleGrand dining room at Oheka CastleBuffet of desserts at Oheka CastleSaxophone player part of a live band at the Pine Barrens Society GalaDennis Puleston painting of an osprey up for auction at the Pine Barrens Society GalaInterior room at Oheka Castle with a Charlie Chaplin ThemeHistorical bar inside Oheka CastleEntrance tunnel into Oheka CastleSpread of food at the cocktail hourGuests enjoying the cocktail hour at the galaGuests enjoying the cocktail hour at the galaPeople observing the silent auction at the galaPeople at the Pine Barrens Society GalaDick Amper and Kathy Nasta standing at a podium at the Pine Barrens Society GalaPeople at the Pine Barrens Society GalaDr. Chris Gobler of Stony Brook University accepts an award at the Pine Barrens Society GalaDessert display at the Pine Barrens Society GalaDessert display at the Pine Barrens Society GalaSilent Auction Display at the Pine Barrens Society Gala