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Tomorrow evening, acclaimed actor Robert De Niro is hosting Mohonk Preserve‘s first New York City Benefit Gala at Three Sixty° – Tribeca. The event is a celebration of Mohonk Preserve’s 50th Anniversary and its successful multi-million dollar capital campaign – Conservation for the Next Century.

“I’m proud to support Mohonk Preserve, not only as a place of remarkable beauty and recreation, but also as a leader in environmental education and research,” said Robert De Niro.

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Duck Pond, a popular site for environmental education programs at Mohonk Preserve. Photo by John Thompson.

The Mohonk Preserve, established in 1963, is New York State’s largest member and visitor supported nature preserve. Eight thousand protected acres in the Hudson River Valley entice more than 150,000 visitors each year. The Preserve features over 30 miles of historic carriage roads and more than 1,000 of the world’s finest rock climbing sites. The Mohonk Preserve has 14,000 members and 350 volunteers that work towards its mission of protecting the Shawagunk Mountains by inspiring people to enjoy, explore, and take care of the natural beauty of the area via groundbreaking programs in environmental education, land protection and stewardship, and conservation science.

Friday’s benefit will feature a sit-down dinner, live music, and dancing. Honorary Chair Robert De Niro will be in attendance along with Co-Chairs Noah and Maria Gottdiener, Paul B. Guenther, and Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. Proceeds from the event will support the campaign’s objectives, including the acquisition of the Mohonk Preserve Foothills, restoration of eight miles of carriage roads, enhancing visitor experiences, and building the endowment to ensure long-term financial sustainability.

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Three Sixtyº – Tribeca. Pic by Borowski Muller Photograhers

“This Gala – our first to take place in New York City – marks the culmination of our ambitious two-year capital campaign,” said Mohonk Preserve Executive Director Glenn Hoagland. “We are thrilled that Mr. De Niro and the rest of our stellar committee will be there to help us celebrate our $5.5 million fundraising milestone, an accomplishment which will allow us to invest in new initiatives to safeguard, enhance and sustain the long-term protection of this great natural treasure.”

Tickets start at $500 for individuals and $10,000 for tables. For more information, visit mohonkpreserve.org

Charlotte Bryant

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