The North Shore Land Alliance annual Fore the Love of the Land golf and tennis outing was held on Wednesday, May 22, and was the most financially successful and largest event to date with 180 guests in attendance. Patricia Petersen, president and chairman of the board of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, was honored this year for her lifetime of work connecting people to the land they call home.
“We are truly touched by all the incredible help and support we received from our amazing honoree and community this year,” said Lisa Ott, Land Alliance president and CEO. “Preserving land on the North Shore of Long Island is not something we can do alone. It takes our community coming together like this to preserve the land we call home. Thank you so very much.”
This year the golf and tennis tournaments were held on the same day (they had previously been held on different days), which lent an invigorating energy to the event. Twenty-four foursomes and 36 tennis players enjoyed continental breakfast, fun tournament play, a delicious lunch, raffle and silent auction under a crystal-clear sky on one of the North Shore’s most beautiful golf courses—the Land Alliance estimates golf courses represent approximately 51 percent of the roughly 20,000 acres of open space that remains to be protected in the organization’s catchment area (the Queens/Nassau border extending to the Huntington/Smithtown border).
Nearly 50 additional guests joined for the alfresco lunch. Ott then presented Petersen with an engraved crystal Tiffany’s bowl to commemorate this very special day. In Petersen’s acceptance remarks she announced a $30,000 dollar-for-dollar matching grant in honor of her late partner Ralf Lange for the restoration of the Wawapek Greenhouse garden, which will be named in Ralf’s honor.
The North Shore Land Alliance would like to thank Patricia Petersen, event chairs Nancy Douzinas and Patrick Mackay, golf chairs Abby Sheeline and Melissa Stark, tennis chairs Kim Como, Mary and Russell Selover and Margaret Trautmann, our sponsors and lead sponsors Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty and the Ike, Molly, and Steven Elias Foundation as well as all the underwriters, donors and friends for helping put together such a successful and memorable event.
The North Shore Land Alliance, Inc. is a nationally accredited, nonprofit 501(c)(3) land trust founded in 2003 that 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 benefit of future generations.
—Submitted by The North Shore