Rhinebeck, New York….The Board of Trustees of Winnakee Land Trust announced details of the 2019 Winnakee Land Trust Gala, which will honor Greg Quinn. The annual event is set to take place at the Historic Chiddingstone Estate – owned by Christina Mohr and Matt Guerreiro – on Saturday, June 22nd from 6-10:30pm. This year, gala honorary co-chairs Illiana van Meeteren and Manny Urquiza will join Winnakee in celebrating Greg, Winnakee, and the gala theme; Milkweed and Monarchs.
Proceeds will further the Winnakee Land Trust mission to conserve natural and agricultural resources, providing a lasting legacy. Through the preservation of land and development of trails, Winnakee promotes more resilient communities while engaging and connecting people to the cultural and scenic resources of the Hudson Valley.
“I am thrilled to support Winnakee Land Trust and to publicly acknowledge the extraordinary dedication and work of Greg Quinn. Greg is a stalwart member of our community who has given countless hours to efforts that completely align with the Winnakee mission, always with his heart in the right place,” noted Honorary Co-Chair of the gala, Illiana van Meeteren.
Honoree Greg Quinn, founder and president of CurrantC™, has worked as a radio host, author, restaurateur, and is a Veteran of the United States Army. He taught for 25 years at the New York Botanical Gardens. He is presently a volunteer instructor for Heroic Foods teaching returning Vets agriculture and beekeeping and he joined Veterans from all over the country along with 128 indigenous tribes to protest the oil pipeline illegally under construction through the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. Quinn is a past member of the Winnakee Land Trust Board. As a black currant farmer and nurseryman of the first commercial currant farm in New York, he was responsible for getting a century-old law banning commercial cultivation of currants overturned. He is co-founder of both Clinton United and the Hudson Valley Smart Energy Coalition and advisor and committee member for the Bard Center for Environmental Policy. The Clinton resident was awarded the Emil Schoch Conservation and Preservation Award from the Town of Clinton Historical Society.
“It will be our great privilege to honor Greg Quinn with a Good Land Award, and The Chiddingstone Estate is the perfect place to raise funds and awareness critical to protecting the natural beauty of our Hudson Valley region. This beautiful, scenic property serves as a reminder that we must all be good stewards of our land if future generations are going to experience this wonderful quality of life we enjoy today,” said Carl Meyer, President of the Winnakee Land Trust Board of Trustees.
An accredited land trust, Winnakee has placed thousands of acres of prime farmland and open space under conservation easements and has developed many miles of public access trails. The organization also provides public recreational opportunities through Drayton Grant Park at Burger Hill in Rhinebeck and Winnakee Nature Preserve in Hyde Park along with managing public access trails and hosting educational and volunteer events designed to bring communities together.
Tickets for the Winnakee Land Trust Gala cost $190 per person; reservations should be made by May 20th. Sponsorships and auction item donations appreciated. The event is black-tie optional.