“If we succeed, more New Yorkers will know about the Nature Conservancy,” Bill Ulfelder, the New York director of the conservation nonprofit, told The Observer yesterday.
The deafening drum circle dressed in bright colors that greeted suit-clad supporters of the Nature Conservancy as they entered Cipriani and caught the attention of passerby on the usually quiet corner of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue was definitely hard to ignore.
Outside New Yorkers panted their way through the 96-degree heat, but behind the doors of the famed venue, supporters of the Nature Conservancy found sweet refuge in cold drinks, good food and, most important, central air-conditioning. Close to 70 tables decorated the restaurant floor as about 620 guests filed into the organization’s Global Gala, hosted by Meredith Vieira, honoring Robert W. Wilson and spotlighting the Nature Conservancy’s recent partnership with the Dow Chemical Company. Read More