Annual Awards 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: