7th Annual Wild Night for Wildlife Benefit Gala
Home of Paul and Jane Dietche
24 Quogue Street
Mark your calendars now for Saturday, July 20th, the date of Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s 7th Annual Wild Night for Wildlife Benefit Gala, a fantastic fundraising event that celebrates the wonder and beauty of nature, as well as the Refuge’s mission of promoting environmental awareness and education. Tickets and sponsorships for the 2013 Benefit are currently available by calling the Refuge Nature Center at 631-653-4771, or by visiting the Refuge website at www.QuogueWildlifeRefuge.org.
This year’s gala will be held at the home of Paul and Jane Dietche in the Village of Quogue, from 7-10 pm, with an exclusive VIP hour at 6 pm, featuring a historic house tour for guests donating $750 or more per person. Typically attended by more than 500 guests, A Wild Night for Wildlife has earned a reputation of being the “fun fundraiser”. Festivities for 2013, will include live music performed by The Times Square Orchestra; mouth-watering hors d’ouevres prepared by Buoy One; beer by Southampton Publick House; Tito’s Handmade organic vodka, and wine by local vineyards. Our live and silent auctions get better and better each year, with fantastic prizes, including a Meet and Greet with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, and our signature custom-made birdhouses from area architects and builders. QWR is also pleased to welcome back ABC’s Bill Ritter as Auctioneer. And of course, attendees will have the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the Refuge’s resident animals.
“The Benefit Gala is our most significant fundraising event for the Refuge, and is instrumental in allowing the facility to remain open and accessible to all, year-round, free of charge,” explained Refuge Executive Director Michael J. Nelson. “The Quogue Wildlife Refuge is a special place, and I am grateful for the overwhelming community support received.”
The house for this year’s Benefit location was built in 1880, and named Pen Craig for the owners, Samuel and Ellen Craig, a prominent Quogue couple who were later instrumental in organizing the Church of the Atonement, also located on Quogue Street, and still in existence today. The Swan family purchased the home after Ellen Craig’s death in 1916, and owned it for many decades. From 1945 until 2000, Bill Swan operated it as a boarding house.
The Dietches purchased Pen Craig in 2001, after learning that a developer planned to demolish the house and build two large houses on the property. Appreciating the building’s historic architecture and significance to the community, the Dietches focused on Pen Craig’s renovation. The house still retains many of its original characteristics from an era known as the “gay 90s”, including ornate woodwork and eleven fireplaces. The six bedroom home boasts a variety of beautifully appointed sitting rooms, such as a library, billiards room and conservatory.
“We are most happy to have the opportunity to support the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, which provides adults and children alike, including all the members of our family, with lots of opportunity for learning and enjoyment,” said the Dietches.
“We are thrilled to once again host our Annual Gala in Quogue, and at such a stunning historical home,” noted Benefit Co-chair Mary Post. “We are extremely grateful to the Dietches for graciously opening their home to us.”
Benefit Co-chair Traci Duke echoed Post, adding, “I’m honored to be a co-chair of the Benefit this year. The Quogue Wildlife Refuge plays a centric role in the uniqueness of our Village, and the outpouring of support from Quogue and the surrounding communities for this special event is truly amazing.”
The Quogue Wildlife Refuge is a 305-acre expanse of protected land, with more than seven miles of trails that include a variety of habitats such as Pine Barrens, bogs, wetlands, a field, and a tidal estuary. Its mission is to serve as a responsible land steward of the Refuge property and its natural resources, while promoting, implementing and supporting environmental education. For Benefit tickets and sponsorship information, call 631-653-4771, or visit www.QuogueWildlifeRefuge.org.