"Monarchs By Moonlight" Gala to Benefit Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Release Date:
September 5, 2012

LINCOLN, MAMass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield is hosting its inaugural fundraiser to benefit the sanctuary’s new Educators’ Place Saturday evening, September 15.

The gala celebration, entitled Monarchs by Moonlight, will be held from 6 to 9 pm at the lovely sanctuary on the Ipswich River. In addition to a farm-to-table-style dinner prepared by Ipswich chef Christopher DeStefano, the event will feature silent and live auctions with paintings and artwork donated by talented local artists. 

Susan Wornick of WCVB-TV Channel 5 will be the auctioneer.

A unique highlight: Mass Audubon naturalists will be on hand during the cocktail hour, helping guests connect with nature and providing up-close experiences with butterflies, turtles, salamanders, fascinating insects, and more. 

“This is going to be a fun night where people can get outside, come together as a community, enjoy a harvest dinner, and learn about the flora and fauna that call Ipswich River home,” Sanctuary Director Carol Decker says. 

According to Decker, greater resources for sanctuary educators have become necessary as demand has increased for Ipswich River’s education programs. “This is a good problem to have,” she says. “Last year, we served more than 13,000 school-aged children. That’s a threefold increase of students served in the past 15 years. We literally are bursting at the seams.”

Tickets for the event are $100 and include a four-course meal as well as beer and wine. For more information and reservations, contact Liz Albert at [email protected] or 781-259-2104. To purchase tickets online please visit www.massaudubon.org/ipswichgala.


Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.