6.27.12 Launch the Season

Friends of the Bay Launched the Season of summer fun at Planting Fields Arboretum on Wednesday, June 20.  “I am so appreciative of the support of our community” stated Executive Director Patricia Aitken.  “Our water quality monitoring program is a cornerstone in maintaining the health of our local waters and the money raised at this event will enable this essential program to continue.  Thank you to our sponsors, The Bahnik Foundation, Maureen and Mickey Brennan, Donna and Rich Appell, Stefanie and Frank Leone, Elaine and John Postley, Eileen and David Relyea, Anita and Don Stevens, Felicia and Albert Anastasi, Beth and Kevin Costello, Carolyn and Joseph Kenavan, Colleen and Barry Lamb, Mary Dalton and Cynthia and James Stebbins. “

Mrs. Elaine and Dr. John Postley were gracious hosts, and what setting could be better than a lovely summer evening at Planting Fields.   Guests had an opportunity to admire Coe Hall, or take a stroll in the gardens.   The event committee, chaired by Felicia and Albert Anastasi, Beth and Kevin Costello, and Elaine and Dr. John Postley outdid themselves with beautiful floral decorations, and catering provided by Jeff Lawton Events.

The weather was hot, but inside the atmosphere was even hotter as supporters bid on fabulous live auction item prizes.   Celebrity Auctioneer Carol Silva and Master of Ceremonies Adrian Kerrigan kept the action moving during lively bidding for five exciting live auction prizes, including sailing with Dawn Riley with dinner at Jack Halyard’s, Mets Tickets, a new patio from John McGowan and Sons, a cruise of the North Shore on a luxury yacht and a round of golf at Cold Springs Country Club.  There were ten of Friends of the Bay’s signature treasure chests, jam packed with prizes donated by local businesses and restaurants.  The smash hit of the evening was a double strand pearl bracelet from Tiffany’s – attendees had the opportunity to purchase faux pearl bracelets, which was each individually numbered.  One lucky woman went home wearing this magnificent prize!

Launch the Season marks the beginning of the season of summer fun in the water.  More importantly, it raise awareness of how special and unique our harbor is, and how important it is to preserve it for generations to come.