Smashing Saturday Night

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IMG_0883The fourteenth annual Dinner and Silent Auction for the East Quabbin Land Trust was held last night, June 27th. The evening was a rousing success, thanks to all who attended, auction item donors and Judith Jones and Nancy Grimes for co-hosting the evening. We especially want to thank our corporate sponsors for their generous contributions.

  • New Harbor Financial Group
  • Pioneer Valley Environmental
  • Dresser and McGourthy LLP
  • North Brookfield Savings Bank
  • Berube Real Estate
  • The Cultural Center at Eagle Hill

IMG_0896The evening included ample opportunity to bid on a diversity of silent auction items, such as vacation packages to the Berkshires, Martha’s Vineyard or Mount Desert Island, furniture, photographs, gardening supplies and antiques. Proceeds from the auction raised over $10,000 in support of our programs.

In addition, we thanked Ann Hicks and Harbour Fraser Hodder for co-chairing the Friends of the Wendemuth group, which successfully raised $50,000 towards conservation of Wendemuth Meadows. This initiative is a great story that features growing community awareness about a special place in North Brookfield, and the multiple years to complete conservation of the land.

Also, Harrison Achilles was honored for his tireless work at Wendemuth Meadow and other EQLT preserves. Through Harrison’s efforts brush and invasive plants are being pushed back from walls, fields and buildings to maintain these properties and welcome visitors. If you haven’t been to Wendemuth Meadow yet, be sure to stop by and walk the loop trail starting at the barn, 25 Bates Street.

IMG_0897We were fortunate to also have a $10,000 matching challenge grant made to dinner participants. Because of that challenge we raised an additional $17,000, plus the $10,000 in support of the East Quabbin Land Trust.

Thank you to all who helped make this a Smashing Saturday Night for the East Quabbin Land Trust.