KDHamptons Party Diary: The South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center Summer Gala

Andy Sabin, Susan Rockefeller,Adrian Grenier, Samantha Yanks photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com © 2015 robwayne1@aol.com 516-676-3939
Andy Sabin, Susan Rockefeller, Adrian Grenier, Samantha Yanks. Photo Credit Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©

The South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center (SoFo), the only state-of-the-art natural history museum on the South Fork of Long Island, hosted over 500 guests at its 26th Annual Summer Benefit SoFo Celebrates the East End on Saturday, July 11th. The event raised funds for SoFo’s educational and environmental programming and celebrated the East End’s local visionaries—the artists, chefs, environmentalists, farmers, fishermen, philanthropists and many others that are the heart and soul of the Hamptons.

Honorees Willi Salm and April Gornik, Andy Sabin, honoree Adrian Grenier, and Susan Rockefeller attend the South Fork Natuarl History Museum's 26th.Annual Summer Gala on July 11, 2015 at 377 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Tpk. in Bridgehampton. photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com
Honorees Willi Salm and April Gornik, Andy Sabin, honoree Adrian Grenier, and Susan Rockefeller. Photo Credit Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©

Co-Chairs Top Chef Kerry Heffernan; Susan Rockefeller, who recently released her new documentary, Food For Thought, Food For Life; and Hamptons Magazine editor Samantha Yanks greeted the guests that included: Peter Beard, Michael Cinque, Bonnie Comley and Stewart Lane, Michele and Mary Cohen, Honoree April Gornik, Honoree Adrian Grenier, Richie Notar, Toni Ross, Honoree Willi Salm, and Harris Yulin, among others. Partygoers danced to the spirited sounds of Nancy Atlas and the Nancy Atlas Project Band.

Kerry Heffernan and SoFo Food Champions & Chefs. Photo Credit: Michael Heller

Guests feasted on signature delicacies created and presented during the 6:00-7:00 pm VIP Cocktail reception by Leading Chefs Colin Ambrose, Estia’s Little Kitchen; Kerry Heffernan, Grand Banks Restaurant; Todd Jacobs, Fresh Hamptons; Matt Ketcham, Ketcham’s Seafarm; Kyle Koenig, Topping Rose House; David Loewenberg and  Sam McCleland, The Bell & Anchor; Andrew Schor, East Hampton Grill; Joe Tremblay, Bay Burger; Jason Weiner, Almond; Vinny Dautaj, Antico Noè; Elisabeth Johansson, Swedish Culinary Summer; Brian Halweil, Edible East End; Joe Realmuto, Nick & Toni’s; Karen Rivara, Peconic Pearls; and Jon Snow, Hayground School.

Director of Development Diana Aceti and Founder Andy Sabin. Photo Credit Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©

Highlights of the evening include a surprise birthday celebration for Honoree Adrian Grenier, who was presented with a special “salamander” cake by Chef Peter Ambrose, and a special tribute which included a presentation of engraved Chefs Knives by Korin Japanese Tableware & Chefs Knives to the Food Champions and Chefs who donated a special tasting menu and their services to benefit the Museum.  The 7:00 – 9:30 PM gala reception featured farm-to-table and sustainable seafood hors d’oeuvres catered by Peter Ambrose, an Honoree presentation, a Platinum and Silent Auction, and dancing. Alcohol was kindly donated by Amagansett Wines & Spirits, and wine was donated by Channing Daughters Winery. Flowers were donated by Flowers by Topaz.

Frank Quevedo photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com © 2015 robwayne1@aol.com 516-676-3939
Executive Director Frank Quevedo. Photo Credit Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©

“Our 26th Annual Summer Gala Benefit is our most important fundraiser of the year, ensuring the long-term sustainability of Sofo.  The museum is a very important resource that educates and inspires children and adults to become engaged and responsible caretakers of our planet now and for decades to come.  The museum’s exhibits, programs, nature talks and trails, and outdoor experiences are essential to SoFo’s mission of conserving and preserving the natural resources of eastern Long Island,” says Diana Aceti, Director of Development.

*SoFo is located at 377 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike, PO Box 455, Bridgehampton NY 11932, http://www.sofo.org, and is open seven days a week from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  For more information, call 631.537.9735.

* Special thanks to Rob Rich of SocietyAllure.com for photos in this feature by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com © 2015. To contact Rob: robwayne1@aol.com 516-676-3939. Also special thanks to Michael Heller of Michael Heller Photography who can be reached at 631.324.2061, michael@hellercreative.com.