North Shore Land Alliance raised more than $300,000
for land conservation at the their Annual Wine Auction & Dinner.

On Saturday, September 24, 2016 more than 325 land conservation supporters attended the North Shore Land Alliance’s 13th Annual Wine Auction and Dinner. The Wine Auction is the Land Alliance’s most important fundraiser and thanks to the generous supporters and volunteers, the organization raised more than $300,000 to advance its local land conservation efforts.

Susan and Jack Foley, along with Junior Co-chairs Gina and Tim DiPietro, Co-chaired the event, which was held at the historic Barn at Groton Place.  The “Into the Woods” theme was carried throughout the Barn where guests had an opportunity to bid on rare and vintage wines and unique trips to special places as well as take a chance on the wall of wine – 100 bottles of wine rated 90 and above by Robert Parker.  With its unique setting, festive atmosphere, elegant dinner and post-event dancing, the Wine Auction has become one of Long Island’s most anticipated and treasured events.

In her welcoming remarks Land Alliance Trustee, Augusta Donohue, spoke about the importance of local land conservation and our woodland areas that are so critical to community health and essential to recharging our aquifer, cleaning our air and providing transformative outdoor experiences.  She noted, “The Nature Conservancy estimates that nations can achieve about a third of their committee carbon emission reductions by protecting and restoring nature.”  Susan Foley in her welcoming remarks also discussed the importance of open space and woodland areas.  She noted, “the Land Alliance has not only protected 1,067 acres of important land in our community it has raised more than $265 million in public and private funding for local land and water, and has educated more than 3,000 schoolchildren about where our drinking water comes from and its connection to open space.”

It was truly an evening of celebrating conservation with nearly $30,000 raised through a special appeal to help the Land Alliance make the improvements necessary to open the recently acquired Cushman Preserve to the public. This past June, through the extraordinarily generous support of Verena and Roderick H. Cushman, the Land Alliance purchased the 28-acre, heavily wooded parcel in the Village of Matinecock for conservation purposes.  The acquisition of this highly significant portion of the Beaver Brook watershed would not have been possible without the Cushman’s generous support.  Afterwards, guests continued the celebration with dancing in the barn loft to the sounds of the Jim Roberti band. 

The North Shore Land Alliance, Inc. (Land Alliance) is a nationally accredited land trust and 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 2003 by a group of passionate conservationists concerned about how quickly the natural landscape was changing.

The Land Alliance works to protect and preserve, in perpetuity, the green spaces, farmlands, wetlands, groundwater and historical sites of Long Island’s north shore for the enhancement of quality of life and the benefit of future generations.

For information about local land conservation, please contact the Land Alliance office at 516-626-0908, e-mail  or visit