The Orange County Land Trust’s annual benefit reception and auction will take place on Fri., Jun. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Falkirk Estate, located at 206 Smith Clove Rd. in Central Valley, NY. The evening will be a celebration of land conservation and the people who are helping to ensure Orange County’s open and working lands remain a vibrant and valuable part of Orange County’s economy and heritage.
This year’s event will bring together an enthusiastic group of conservation and business leaders, as the Land Trust honors Michael Gilfeather, President and CEO of Orange Bank & Trust Company, for his support of land conservation. As a prominent business leader, Gilfeather has recognized the importance of land conservation to the County’s agricultural economy, and the tourism and outdoor recreation industries.
In addition, Orange County Planning Commissioner David Church will be presented with the Louis V. Mills Conservation award for his longtime support of conservation, smart growth planning, and farmland protection.
The event features cocktail style dining, a silent auction of unique Hudson Valley experiences and services, a raffle, and an exciting paddle raise. This year’s paddle raise will help support the protection of 72-acres of land in Greenwood Lake. In addition to this property’s ecological importance, it was once part of an African American arts community established in 1919, and also the site where Jasper Cropsey, a celebrated Hudson River School artist, painted Greenwood Lake, one of his favorite subjects.
Individual tickets are $175 each and can be purchased online at www.oclt.org or by calling the Land Trust at 534-3690.