In appreciation of the Cary Institute’s most loyal donors, Irene and Jack Banning hosted the Aldo Leopold Society’s annual Autumn Celebration at Black Sheep Hill in Pine Plains on October 13, 2012.
The evening began with a scenic trek up their torch-lit driveway past rustic sculptures, the farm train station, sheep meadows, and barns to a cocktail reception in the Banning’s home. More than 75 members of the Aldo Leopold Society were treated to a roaring fire on the patio and local fare prepared by Pine Plains Platter. With a spectacular sunset underway, President Bill Schlesinger offered welcoming remarks, along with updates on the Institute’s recent accomplishments, and introduced the Cary Institute’s core scientific staff.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Irene Banning thanked members of the Society for their generous contributions that support the Institute’s expanded outreach and education programs, and world-renowned environmental research programs.