"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 protects more than 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts' largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state's natural treasures for wildlife and for all people's vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women.

Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 135,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today's and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at www.massaudubon.org.