Foods of the Delaware Highlands Gala and Live Auction

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Annual Celebration Supports Local Land Protection

Upper Delaware Region, PA – Celebrate 17 years of service and 13,000 acres protected in the Upper Delaware region at the 4th annual Foods of the Delaware Highlands Gala on April 30 to benefit the Delaware Highlands Conservancy. The popular event, held at Hawley’s Settlers Inn, features a five-course farm-to-table dinner and wine tasting followed by an exciting live auction led by Sean Strub.

The evening begins with a gathering and wine tasting at 6:00 PM, and dinner at 7:00 PM. The live auction and raffle for a case of fine wines caps the celebration during dessert. Gala tickets are $125 per person, which includes a $75 charitable gift to the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, a local land trust serving Pike and Wayne counties, in PA and Sullivan and Delaware counties, in NY.

The Conservancy’s Foods of the Delaware Highlands Gala Committee includes Conservancy Board Member and Dinner Chair Michael Geitz, Sponsor Chair Amy Litzenberger, and Auction Chair Brenda Ruello. “The annual dinner Gala provides important support for the work of the Conservancy throughout the year. We are pleased that it has become one of the most popular events in our community and a recognition of the critical mission of protecting the Upper Delaware region,” says Geitz.

Delicious gourmet cuisine will be prepared by Settlers Inn Chef and Conservancy Board Member Grant Genzlinger and his staff using locally grown ingredients. Menu highlights include Forks Farm chicken, Calkins Creamery aged Gouda, Blooming Grove brook trout, and Tonjes Farm veal. Vegetarian options are also available.

Following dinner, the live auction offers awesome selections such as five days at Chateau Montcaud, Provence France; a day of sporting clays and lunch at Hudson Farm in Sussex, NJ; three days at a farmhouse in Italy’s Piedmont and Tuscany; and a two-night vacation for two couples at China Beach Retreat on Washington State’s Long Beach Peninsula. If you are unable to attend the gala but would like to bid on an auction item, visit the Conservancy’s website to view the full slate of selections and submit your bid.

“Working with Jeanne Genzlinger, we have assembled a truly unique package of auction items in support of the work of the Conservancy. We are very excited about the range of auction opportunities this year,” says Ruello.

Sincere thanks to generous gala sponsors: Albert and Bonnie Albinson, Ken and Amy Ferris, Michael and Elizabeth Geitz, Tom and Jean Hoff, Peter and Cynthia Kellogg, Rebecca and Richard Lindsey, Litzenberger Family Foundation, Michael and Eileen Normile, Thomas Okeefe and Teresa Stack, Sam and Brenda Ruello, Eric and Laura Steifman, Richard Snyder, Maleyne Syracuse and Michael Trenner, Janine Vernon, Andrew and Jules Wilshinsky, Barbara Yeaman, AM Skier Agency Inc, and The Homestead School.

“Generous gifts and volunteer efforts from individuals in our community who care about the land and water we all share enables the Conservancy to continue its land protection and outreach work,” says Executive Director Sue Currier.

Opportunities to support the Delaware Highlands Conservancy as a dinner sponsor are available. Conservator $2,500 includes 4 guaranteed tickets to the dinner and a $500 credit for use in the live auction (a $2,300 charitable contribution to the Conservancy). Guardian $1,000 includes 2 guaranteed tickets to the dinner and a $250 credit for use in the live auction (a $900 charitable contribution to the Conservancy). Steward $500 includes 2 guaranteed tickets to the dinner (a $400 charitable contribution to the Conservancy).

Reserve your seat or sponsor the 4th annual Foods of the Delaware Highlands Gala today by contacting the Conservancy at info@delawarehighlands.org or 570-226-3164.

Photo Caption: Dinner Chair and Delaware Highlands Conservancy Board Member Michael Geitz, left; Auction Chair Brenda Ruello, center; and Sponsor Chair Amy Litzenberger, right, invite you to join them to celebrate 17 years of service and 13,000 acres protected in the Upper Delaware region at the 4th annual Foods of the Delaware Highlands Gala on April 30 at The Settlers Inn to benefit the Delaware Highlands Conservancy. The evening begins with a gathering and wine tasting at 6:00 PM, and dinner at 7:00 PM. A live auction and raffle for a case of fine wines caps the celebration during dessert. Gala tickets are $125 per person, which includes a $75 charitable gift to the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, a local land trust serving Pike and Wayne counties, in PA and Sullivan and Delaware counties, in NY.