Annual Friends of Connetquot Gala Celebration

Thursday, December 7, 2023 - 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Snapper Inn Waterfront Restaurant in Oakdale, NY

  • Cocktail hour with passed hors d'oeuvres
  • Dinner Buffet
  • Open Bar
  • See below to purchase tickets

Friends of Connetquot is a 501(C)3 charitable organization dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the 3,473-acre Connetquot River State Park Preserve, formerly the historic South Side Sportsmen’s Club. Since 1977, the Friends have been at the forefront of many exciting projects to restore its historic structures and conserve its pristine landscape. Now celebrating our 26th Anniversary, we are planning for our annual fundraiser to be held on December 7th at The Snapper Inn in Oakdale. This is our major fundraiser, and we hope to have many fine gifts as raffle and auction prizes. We do hope you will help us!

This year, we are pleased to present our Gil Bergen Preservationist Award to past Park Manager Susanne Wuehler for her many years of dedication to our preserve. Please join us in thanking her for all of her wonderful improvements at the Preserve. The Friends Board is proud to have Susanne as an Advisory Board Member and her wealth of knowledge to our Advisory Board.

Funds raised at this year’s Gala, will go towards the Engineering Study of the beautiful “New” Annex Building. In 1903, Eight club members pooled their resources and engaged Architect Isaac H. Green Jr. (father of Beaux Arts style on Long Island) to design the building. The building was constructed by Bayport contractors Ashby and Breckenridge and the plumbing was done by Jedlicka Brothers of Sayville. It is a two story wood frame, shingled building sitting on a prominent brick foundation. It is a beautiful building located by the pond on the campus that needs some TLC.

It is critical for us to continue our initiatives throughout the Preserve. Please consider being one of our benefactors with either a tax-deductible contribution or gift in the form of a raffle prize. All donations will be recognized in our Journal. You may also be a Sponsor or purchase a Journal ad. View last year's journal file here.

We hope you will join us in enriching the community in which you do business by helping us make this a successful event. Our thousands of annual visitors would be happy to know you have helped us. Your response before November 10, 2023 is appreciated. Thank you in advance for your support!

Reservations Accepted through November 30th, 2023

Past Honorees of the Gil Bergen Preservationist Award

  • 2013 - Gil Bergen
  • 2014 - Carl Safina
  • 2015 - Dr. Richard ("Doc") Steinberger
  • 2016 - Fran Levesque
  • 2017 - Jerry and Rita Trapani
  • 2018 - No honoree - We honored the life and memory of Gil Bergen
  • 2019 - Dr. Wayne Horsley
  • 2020 - The Honorable Peter Fox Cohalan
  • 2021 - No Honoree
  • 2022 - John Remmer

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