Nassau County, NY - April 10, 2014 - Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced the Conservation District of Nassau’s annual benefit, Art for Conservation, with a theme this year of “Let it Rain,” will take place on Sunday, May 3rd from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, located at 1303 Round Swamp Rd, in Old Bethpage. The benefit, co-hosted by Linda Mangano, helps highlight the importance of water for and on Long Island.
“Nassau County is home to many talented artists who have a way of expressing love for the environment through art,” said Mrs. Mangano. “I am honored to present the Let It Rain event as a way to promote local artists and prompt further attention to water concerns. I am always willing to support our local artists and the environment.”
Because the Long Island area is alive and seething with an abundance of creative artistic talent, this annual benefit stresses the importance of water to all living things and our planet Earth, through an art sale exhibit. Each year the Art for Conservation benefit is structured to feature a new theme and item decorated and embellished by some of the best Long Island artists for our silent auction, art exhibit, and sale. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Conservation District of Nassau for their work in the community by each artist.
“Residents need to know how important water is. Encouraging the population to celebrate water and get people thinking differently is our focus,” added Curator and event Co-Chair Debra Ann Kasimakis (Co-Founder of the Long Island Fringe Festival.) “The artists are creatively helping express this through their works. Hopefully, the public will leave the event with some tips on how they can positively impact the environment.”
This year’s fundraiser is featuring umbrellas, so, “Let it Rain,” we have you covered! Educational exhibits will include demonstrations of composting, square foot gardening, water conservation techniques and how to add rain barrels to any building. Also, The Waterfront Center of Oyster Bay is bringing lots of aquatic critters in a salt water touch tank and Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee will display how local water quality testing is done in many harbors around Long Island.
Event Co-Chair Jaime Van Dyke stated, “This event is a joint effort of expert volunteers and the Conservation District of Nassau to raise awareness for clean water and healthy soils for all life. People don’t think much about how important rain is and where it goes. This event is a celebration to make it fun for people to care about water and pollution.”
The event also features an art sale and silent auction fundraiser, where the public will be able to participate in activities designed to show the importance of water and how easy it is to change our habits and conserve. Light refreshments and finger foods will be served. A suggested donation of $10 will go directly to the District’s programs to build eco-friendly school and community gardens as well as environmental education.
The Conservation District of Nassau plays an important part in communities helping to ensure a healthy recreational environment and maintaining a high standard for water quality, particularly for Long Island. Established in 1977, the Conservation District of Nassau is part of a national network created by FDR to perform vital conservation work in the field. The Conservation District of Nassau is committed to the protection, preservation, restoration and enhancement of our natural resources by providing education, technical assistance, and consensus for all land users.
Sponsors include: Long Island Fringe Festival, Laffey Fine Homes, Van Dyke Building, A Taste of Home, Singleton’s, House of Dosas, Bengali Sweets & Snacks, plus Logo Design and Branding by Pandadgraphics.
For more information please visit the website at: www.nassauSWCD.org, email: Art4Conservation@gmail.com, or call: (516) 364-5860.