SOFO’S 31ST ANNUAL SUMMER GALA
AUGUST 15, 2020


SOFO’s most important and exciting benefit of the year!


**UPDATE ON SOFO'S 31ST ANNUAL SUMMER GALA BENEFIT**

IN OBSERVATION OF THE SAFETY GUIDELINES AND IN RESPONSE TO GUIDANCE FROM THE CDC AND VARIOUS STATE AND FEDERAL AUTHORITIES REGARDING THE SPREAD OF COVID-19, WE AT SOFO HAVE DECIDED TO POSTPONE OUR 31st SUMMER GALA BENEFIT FOR THE TIME BEING, UNTIL SUCH TIME AS IT BECOMES SAFE AND PRACTICAL TO RESCHEDULE. WE FEEL THIS IS THE RESPONSIBLE THING TO DO DURING THESE TIMES, AS THE WELL-BEING OF OUR EXTENDED SOFO FAMILY, INCLUDING OUR PATRONS AND GUESTS WHO WILL ATTEND OUR GALA, IS ALWAYS FOREMOST IN OUR MINDS. WE ARE HOPING TO HOST OUR BENEFIT ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 2020, BUT WE WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED IN THE UPCOMING WEEKS AS CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGE. STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY, EVERYONE!

OUR ACCLAIMED HONOREES & CHAIRS


Honorees


Dr. “Indy” Burke is the Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. An acclaimed international leader, she is an ecosystem ecologist whose work has focused on carbon and nitrogen cycling in semi-arid rangeland ecosystems and the effects of land management and climate variability on these systems.  A respected educator and intellectual leader in the U.S. and internationally,  Indy is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  The Yale Forestry and Environmental Studies produces cutting-edge environmental research in the natural and social sciences and is committed to serving global to local communities by helping them address critical environmental challenges such as climate change, green infrastructure development, affordable renewable energy, conservation, and sustainable management.

Michael B. Gerrard is the Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School, teaches courses on environmental law, climate change law, and energy regulation, and founded and directs the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. He also chaired the faculty of Columbia University’s Earth Institute from 2015 to 2018.  A prolific writer in environmental law and climate change, Gerrard twice received the Association of American Publishers’ Best Law Book award for works on environmental law and brownfields. He has written or edited thirteen books, including Global Climate Change and U.S. Law, the leading work in its field. His most recent book is Legal Pathways to Deep Dacarbonization in the United States (2019, coedited with John Dernbach).

Greg and Kim Lippmann and family are avid environmentalists and long-time friends of SOFO.  Their organic farm in Sagaponack reflects their commitment to our community, to conservation and sustainability. After working as global head of asset-backed securities trading for Deutsche Bank, Lippmann co-founded LibreMax Capital Partners, and is its Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager.  He is a SOFO Board of Trustee.  Kim is a psychologist and conservationist.  The Lippmann children are members of SOFO’s YES! Young Environmentalists Society. The family exemplifies SOFO's mission and commitment to be active stewards of our planet.

Chef Kerry Heffernan is currently Chef at Grand Banks, a historic cod fishing schooner moored at Pier 25 New York Manhattan.  Earlier in his career Heffernan honed his skills at such highly regarded restaurants as Montrachet, Le Régence, Restaurant Bouley and Mondrian with Tom Colicchio. He remains active outside the kitchen in philanthropy, serving on the City Harvest Food Council and cooking for Share Our Strength, Project by Project, and both the Central Park and Madison Square Park Conservancies and as an advisor to several nonprofit agencies charged with seafood sustainability and conservation.

Chairs


Carole Crist is the Former First Lady of Florida, a Political Strategist, Business leader, and the Founder and CEO of CLC Global Advisors, an advisory firm specializing in Impact Investing, Technology and Philanthropy.

Trammell S. Crow is a Dallas, Texas-based businessman, philanthropist, entrepreneur and innovative leader in business development and operations. He is the Founder of Earth Day Texas, the world’s largest Earth Day celebration.   

Dottie Herman is an internationally-recognized business leader, mentor, radio personality and CEO of Real Estate brokerage firm Douglas Elliman Real Estate LLC. 

Anne Keating is a Brand and Philanthropy consultant and former Senior Vice President of Public Relations, Special Events, Press, and Corporate Philanthropy at Bloomingdales.

Russell Mittermeier is Chief Conservation Officer of Global Wildlife Conservation, a primatologist, herpetologist, author and SOFO Board of Trustee. He has been named a “hero for the planet” by TIME Magazine.


GIVING LEVELS


$50,000 Founder includes:

  • 30 VIP tickets for pre-Gala VIP 6:00 - 7:00 pm Cocktail Reception and 7:00 - 10:00 Benefit Party
  • Special listing in our invitation and on our website
  • Two year Founder Membership, valued at $10,000
  • Naming Benefits
  • Check presentation at Benefit
  • Invitations to members only initiatives/events/programs
  • Other personalized benefits to be determined

$25,000 Grand Benefactor includes:

  • 15 VIP tickets for pre-Gala VIP 6:00 - 7:00 pm Cocktail Reception and 7:00 -10:00 pm Benefit Party
  • Special listing in our invitation and on our website
  • One-year Founder membership, valued at $5,000
  • Check presentation at Benefit
  • Invitations to members only initiatives/events/programs
  • Other personalized benefits to be determined

$15,000 Special Underwriters includes:

  • 14 VIP tickets for pre-Gala VIP 6:00 -7:00 pm Cocktail Reception and 7:00 – 10:00 pm Benefit Party
  • Special listing in our invitation and on our website
  • Two-year Benefactor membership, valued at $2,000
  • Invitations to members only initiatives/events/programs
  • Other personalized benefits to be determined

$10,000 Benefactor includes:

  • 10 VIP tickets for pre-Gala VIP 6:00 - 7:00pm Cocktail Reception and 7:00 -10:00 pm Benefit Party
  • Special listing in our invitation and on our website
  • Two-year Family membership
  • Invitations to members only initiatives/events/programs

$6,000 Advocate includes:

  • 6 VIP tickets for pre-Gala VIP 6:00 - 7:00 pm Cocktail Reception and 7:00 – 10:00 pm Benefit Party
  • Special listing in our invitation and on our website
  • One-year Family membership
  • Invitations to members only initiatives/events/programs

$2,500 Patron includes:

  • 2 VIP tickets for pre-Gala VIP 6:00 – 7:00 pm Cocktail Reception and 7:00 -10:00 pm Benefit Party
  • Special listing in our invitation and on our website
  • Invitations to members only initiatives/events/programs

$1,300 Individual VIP Ticket includes:

  • VIP pre-gala VIP 6:00 – 7:00 pm Cocktail Reception and 7:00 -10:00 pm Benefit Party
  • Special listing in our invitation and on our website
  • Invitations to Members only initiatives/events/programs

$425 General Admission Ticket

  • 7:00 -10:00 pm Benefit Party
  • $275 Young Professionals Ticket

  • 7:00 -10:00 pm Benefit Party