OSI 2024 Gala STD Hero

Open Space Institute's 50th Anniversary Gala

Join the Board of Trustees and Gala Committee on
May 8, 2024 for the
Open Space Institute's
50th Anniversary Gala.

Honoring the leadership of Kim Elliman, and John & Patricia Adams

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Keynote Speaker: Kris Tompkins
President and Co-Founder Tompkins Conservation

Thanks to the extraordinary vision and leadership of Kim Elliman and John & Patricia Adams, OSI has earned the distinction of being one of the nation's most prominent and effective land conservation organizations. Over the last 50 years, OSI has worked tirelessly to save the land that matters most, achieving landscape-scale preservation victories across the Eastern seaboard that have protected our precious natural resources for generations to come. Kim, John, and Patricia are architects and trailblazers of the conservation movement, and as we commemorate their decades of leadership of OSI and salute Kim’s retirement, we hope you will join us for this very special milestone celebration.

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Christopher “Kim” Elliman is a nationally recognized leader in land conservation policy, strategy, and advocacy and has spent more than three decades at the helm of the Open Space Institute as President & CEO. Kim’s retirement bookends a remarkable era of programmatic and geographic expansion for OSI, during which the organization grew from a local, Hudson Valley land trust into a nationally recognized conservation leader active in 16 states in the eastern United States and three Canadian provinces. Throughout his career, Kim has served on numerous boards and foundations, including: the Adirondack Land Trust; Black Rock Forest Consortium; Butler Conservation Fund; The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; GROW NYC; Jamaica Bay Rockaway Parks Conservancy; Overhills Foundation; Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust; Storm King Arts Center; The Wilderness Society; the Wildlife Conservation Society; and Yale School of the Environment Steering Committee.

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Over their long and storied careers, John and Patricia Adams have worked together to honor and protect the natural world. John is the Founding Chairman of the Open Space Institute and has served as the Chair of the board of trustees since its establishment. He is also Founding Director of The Natural Resources Defense Council. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and commendations in recognition of his work, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States. John and Patricia have worked with OSI and local communities to preserve and enhance the Hudson Valley and the Beaverkill, ensuring and expanding public access and protecting our precious environmental resources.

Honorary Chairs

Christopher C. Davis

Leonard A. Lauder

Kitty Patterson & Tom Kempner

Larry Rockefeller & Wendy Gordon

Elizabeth W. Smith

Lucy Rockefeller Waletzky, M.D.

Gala Co-Chairs

Kate Adams & Duke Wiser

Tom & Currie Barron

Lea Paine Highet

Amelia Salzman

Gala Commmittee

Carol Ash

Virginia & Dana Beach

Anne Perkins Cabot

Christopher "Kim" Elliman
& Jennifer Cunningham

Paul Elston & Frances Beinecke

Buzzy Geduld

Trustees and Staff of the
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

Joseph & Carson Gleberman

Jane & Roger Goodell

Holly Hegener & Jon Cummings

Samuel G. Huber & Catherine Weiss

J.M. Kaplan Fund

The Klipper Family

Larry & Dana Linden

Michael Mantell

Barnabas McHenry

Thomas McHenry

The Prospect Hill Foundation

Jennifer Perkins Speers

Hume Steyer & Nanahya Santana

Patricia F. Sullivan

Marjorie & Charles
Van Dercook

Robin & Giorgios Vlamis

Kim & Finn Wentworth

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For more information, or to become a sponsor, please contact Emily Offen.

Emily Offen

Director of Development Operations and Events

212-290-8200 x 1306

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