Land Alliance Celebrates Open Spaces, Starry Nights

Dr. Keming Liu, Barbara Prey, Angela Susan Anton, Dr. Charles Riley

“Open Spaces, Starry Nights” was the theme of the North Shore Land Alliance’s 14th annual Wine and Spirits Auction and Dinner Dance held at its new office location at Planting Fields Arboretum.

The “Starry Night” theme became apparent as evening set in. Exterior trees were up lit with twinkling lights, the cocktail tent was decorated in the colors of sunset with night following in the dinner tent complete with a full moon and shooting stars. The theme was symbolic of how saving open land reduces light pollution and allows us to continue to experience starlit nights here on Long Island’s North Shore.

The Wine Auction, chaired by Lynn and Brooke Dixon and Jess and Jon Green, with junior committee chairs, Kimberly and John O’Kane, featured a live and silent auction and Wall of Wine raffle with 50 bottles of premium wine ranked 90-plus by Robert Parker.

Among the many silent auction items were paintings by Christine D’Addario, Mercedes Dorson and Tjasa Owen, a cashmere wrap from Hermes, scarf from Leggiadro, cashmere ruana from Brooks Brothers along with gifts from J. McLaughln, Lily Pulitzer, and gift certificates for dinners and other cool experiences.

Following the dinner catered by Sterling Affair, was the live auction with Fred Bancroft as auctioneer. Among the many live auction prizes was a sturdy French-styled playhouse decorated by Tom Samet and Nathan Wold, the Bourbon Bucket List, a private hockey lesson with Mark Messier, a winemaker’s weekend tour of Sonoma County, a golf package at Kiawah Island Club, a shopping spree at Americana Manhasset with 24-hour Tesla experience, and a trip to the Six Senses Resort in the Douro Valley of Portugal and JW Marriot in Venice. Dancing to the tunes of the fabulous 45 Riots followed the auction.

The Land Alliance was formed in 2003 and has over the years protected nearly 1,200 acres of land from development. With a growing membership of close to 3,000 the Land Alliance also works with schools to educate communities about the important relationship among land, clean and abundant water and locally grown food.

To learn more about the Land Alliance and their conservation work, call 516-922-1028 or visit the website at

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