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A Tasting of Sustainable Wine and Food to Benefit the New York Aquarium

Thursday, September 15, 2016
6:30 – 9:30 PM

6:30 PM – Grand Taster admission
7:30 PM – General admission

Central Park Zoo
Fifth Avenue at 64th Street
New York City

Festive Attire
Music by The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn
21 and over only

On-line ticketing is now closed.
Tickets will be available for purchase at the door

For more information, please contact Jordana Newler at 718 741 1617 or sipforthesea@wcs.org

Presenting Sponsor
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about the event

The Wildlife Conservation Society hosts the fourth annual SIP FOR THE SEA benefit to support the New York Aquarium in Brooklyn and showcase WCS’s commitment to marine education and conservation.

The dramatic transformation of the New York Aquarium is well underway. The centerpiece, a dazzling new building called Ocean Wonders: Sharks! has already begun to resemble the architectural marvel it will become. We have already erected the highest point of the structure, where visitors will find the best view in all of Coney Island.

Few New Yorkers are aware that the waters surrounding this city make up one of the world’s most diverse and vibrant marine environments. The New York Aquarium’s Ocean Wonders: Sharks! exhibit will introduce the city to some of its most remarkable residents, inspiring visitors to help us protect the waters that are so crucial to wildlife and humans alike.

SIP FOR THE SEA, a signature benefit for the Aquarium, is a festive evening featuring pairings of sustainable wines with sustainable seafood and other special offerings from some of New York’s and Brooklyn’s top restaurants. This evening will provide an occasion to celebrate the wonders of the ocean and support the Aquarium as it rebuilds and transforms the exhibits and Brooklyn Coney Island campus into a premier destination.

TICKETS + PACKAGES

Please click on each package name for a full list of benefits.

Tickets will not be mailed in advance; guest names will be held at the door.

Tickets are non-refundable. This event will take place rain or shine.

 

Benefactor Package $25,000
($23,250 is tax-deductible)
  • Early event access at 6:30 PM
  • Twenty Tickets
  • Private tour of the New York Aquarium with Director Jon Dohlin and lunch for six
  • Exclusive reserve tasting of wines (Please note these wines will only be poured between 6:30 – 7:30 PM)
  • Exclusive access to Penguin House and the Sea Lion show
  • Souvenir wine glass
  • Recognition on event signage
  • Listing in WCS Annual Report
Protector Package $15,000
($13,750 is tax-deductible)
  • Early event access at 6:30 PM
  • Fifteen Tickets
  • Private tour of the New York Aquarium for four
  • Exclusive reserve tasting of wines (Please note these wines will only be poured between 6:30 – 7:30 PM)
  • Exclusive access to Penguin House and the Sea Lion show
  • Souvenir wine glass
  • Recognition on event signage
  • Listing in WCS Annual Report
Advocate Package $10,000
($9,015 is tax-deductible)
  • Early event access at 6:30 PM
  • Twelve Tickets
  • Exclusive reserve tasting of wines (Please note these wines will only be poured between 6:30 – 7:30 PM)
  • Exclusive access to Penguin House and the Sea Lion show
  • Souvenir wine glass
  • Recognition on event signage
  • Listing in WCS Annual Report
Sustainer Package $5,000
($4,550 is tax-deductible)
  • Early event access at 6:30 PM
  • Six Tickets
  • Exclusive reserve tasting of wines (Please note these wines will only be poured between 6:30 – 7:30 PM)
  • Exclusive access to Penguin House and the Sea Lion show
  • Souvenir wine glass
  • Recognition on event signage
  • Listing in WCS Annual Report
Grand Taster Ticket $500
($425 is tax-deductible)
  • Early event access at 6:30 PM
  • Individual Ticket
  • Exclusive reserve tasting of wines (Please note these wines will only be poured between 6:30 – 7:30 PM)
  • Exclusive access to Penguin House and the Sea Lion show
  • Souvenir wine glass
Individual Ticket $200
($125 is tax-deductible)
  • Event access at 7:30 PM
  • Souvenir wine glass
CONTRIBUTION
I/We cannot attend but would like to make a contribution.

Under federal tax rules, certain restrictions apply to the purchase of event tickets by donor advised funds and private foundations. Please contact your tax advisor or your DAF’s sponsoring organization for more details.

Wines

Wine Tasting Provided by

jekel

Founded in 1972 by Bill Jekel, one of the first growers to see Monterey’s potential for wine excellence, Jekel Vineyards released its first vintage in 1978 and continues to be recognized as a pioneer in Monterey winemaking. Today, Jekel is known for crafting exquisitely distinctive varietals from Riesling and Chardonnay to Cabernet and Pinot Noir. Jekel Vineyards practices sustainable vineyard management and is Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing approved.

 

and

bonaterra

Bonterra Organic Vineyards, located in Northern California’s Mendocino County, has been producing wine from 100% organically grown grapes since 1993. The celebrated range of wines is made by award winning winemakers Robert Blue and Jeff Cichocki, who attribute the fantastic wines to excellent grapes, grown organically with the help of sheep and chickens in the vineyards to manage pests naturally.

Leadership

Event Co-Chairs

Katie Dolan, Antonia M. Grumbach, Brian J. Heidtke, Scott Schiff

Honorary Event Chair

Katie Lee, WCS Ambassador

Event Committee

ARKWEAR
Christopher Bernard
di Domenico + Partners Architects and Landscape Architects
Jeff and Pegah Easton
Diane and Jerry Fishman
Kathleen and David Glaymon
Ann DeSollar Hale and Charles Hale
Honeywell International
John and Jeanet Irwin on behalf of Hillside Capital Incorporated
Nancy Meyrich and Richard P. Krasnow
Nickelodeon
Parulina
Daisy and Joseph Salomon
Lisa and David T Schiff
Kitty and Stephen Sherrill
Coty Sidnam
Miya and Kenichiro Yamada
Barbara and Don Zucker

 

sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

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Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic inspires people to explore and care about the planet.

With over 50 years of experience turning vacationers into active and engaged explorers,
Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic ventures to the last wild places on Earth.

#LindbladExpeditions

 

Supporting Sponsor

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Media Partner

Wine Spectator

Event Partners

Kerry QuadeSea to TableTattly

WCS Board of Trustees

Antonia M. Grumbach
Chair of the Board

Jonathan D. Green
Alejandro Santo Domingo
Vice Chairs of the Board

 Brian J. Heidtke
Treasurer

Frederick W. Beinecke
Secretary

 

Elected Trustees

Frederick W. Beinecke
Rosina M. Bierbaum
Eleanor Briggs
Audrey Choi
Diane Christensen
Wellington J. Denahan
Katherine L. Dolan
Gordon E. Dyal
Thomas J. Edelman
Christopher J. Elliman
Thomas Dan Friedkin
Bradley L. Goldberg
Paul A. Gould
Jonathan D. Green
Antonia M. Grumbach

Judith H. Hamilton
Brian J. Heidtke
John N. Irwin III
Hamilton E. James
Ambrose K. Monell
Adebayo O. Ogunlesi
Ogden Phipps II
Alejandro Santo Domingo
David B. Schiff
Walter C. Sedgwick
Katherine Sherrill
Caroline N. Sidnam
Andrew H. Tisch
Roselinde Torres
Ward W. Woods, Chair Emeritus

 

 Life Trustees

Robert G. Goelet
Howard Phipps, Jr., Chair Emeritus
Julian H. Robertson, Jr.
David T Schiff, Chair Emeritus
Mrs. Leonard N. Stern
Mrs. Richard B. Tweedy
Barbara Hrbek Zucker

 

Trustee Emeritus

Jonathan L. Cohen

past event photos

frequently asked questions

1. Where can I buy tickets for this event?
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 718 741 1617. Tickets will not be mailed. Your reservation will be held at the door for check-in the night of the event. Tickets will be available for purchase on-line until 5:00 PM on Wednesday, September 14.

2. Can I buy a ticket the night of the event?
Yes, tickets will be available at the door for an increased price. We recommend that you purchase tickets in advance online.

3. If I am unable to attend, can I get a refund?
No, all ticket purchases are final and non-refundable.

4. How will the charge appear on my credit card?
Your credit card statement will show charges from the Wildlife Conservation Society or WCS.

5. What time does the event start?
Guests who purchase a package or the Grand Taster ticket may enter at 6:30 PM, for a one-hour preview of wine samplings and food pairings. Guests who purchase the General Admission ticket may enter at 7:30 PM. The event concludes at 9:30 PM.

6. With my Sip for the Sea ticket, am I able to come earlier in the day and enjoy the Central Park Zoo until the event starts?
Unfortunately, the Sip for the Sea ticket only gives you admittance into the Central Park Zoo beginning at 6:30 PM for Grand Taster ticket holders and 7:30 PM for General ticket holders. Please visit the Central Park Zoo website to learn more about planning your visit to the zoo!

7. Where is the Central Park Zoo?
The Central Park Zoo is located near the southeast corner of Central Park. The entrance is located at Fifth Avenue and 64th Street.

8. Is there parking at the Central Park Zoo?
Parking is not available at Central Park Zoo. If you are arriving by car, consider the following garages: Narragansett Garage at 124 East 63rd Street, Regency Garage at 245 East 63rd Street, Renoir Garage at 225 East 63rd Street, or Distinctive Parking at 35 East 61st Street.

9. Can I bring my child?
By law, no one under the age of 21, including children in strollers accompanied by their parents, can be admitted. Please bring valid government-issued photo identification such as a driver’s license or passport for proof of age. This policy is strictly enforced.

10. Is there food at the event?
Of course! You will find a variety of food samples from some of New York’s top restaurants that will be perfectly paired with sustainable wine.

11. Will there be vegetarian food options?
The food samplings vary based on the restaurants who have donated to the event, so vegetarian options are not always available at restaurant stations. But we do offer a number of vegetarian passed hors d’oeuvres throughout the event.

12. Will there be non-alcoholic beverages available?
Yes, there will be water stations placed throughout the event.

13. Will the event be held if there is inclement weather?
This event will happen rain or shine! In the event of rain, all bars, food and music will be under cover. Coat check will be available.

14. Can I get a tax deduction for my ticket purchase?
The tax-deductible portion varies based on the individual ticket or package purchased. Please check the ticket page for more information or call 718 741 1617 with questions.

15. Can I purchase any of the wine that I sampled at the event?
Although the wines will not be available for purchase at the event, they are sold at stores throughout the tri-state area. Please hold on to your program so you have a list of your personal favorites.

16. Is there a dress code of the event?
There is no enforced dress code; however we do ask you to dress in keeping with the nature of the event. Shorts and t-shirts are not considered appropriate attire for evening events.

17. Where can I learn more about supporting WCS and the New York Aquarium?
We have many ways you can continue your support of WCS and the New York Aquarium. Please visit wcs.org and nyaquarium.com/transform.

 

 

Contact

For more information, please contact Jordana Newler at 718 741 1617 or sipforthesea@wcs.org
Learn more about the Wildlife Conservation Society at wcs.org