Andy Sabin, Board President of the South
Fork Natural History Museum, Celebrates His 75th Birthday
at the American Museum of Natural History
On Saturday, December 4th, Andy Sabin, the
Board President of the South Fork Natural Museum (SOFO)
celebrated his 75th birthday with a black-tie
affair at the American Museum of Natural History.
The stunning event was attended by over 270
guests, who enjoyed cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres in
the Hall of Biodiversity before sitting for dinner in the
Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Once seated, friends and family
of Andy took the stage to speak about the great work Andy
has done throughout his lifetime. Greg Manocherian kicked
off the night by presenting Andy with a $2 bill with his
photo printed on it and unveiled a caricature of Andy, which
guests signed throughout the evening.
Andy’s son, Shawn Sabin, had everyone in the
audience laughing as he provided humorous anecdotes about
his father throughout his life. Susan Rockefeller offered
up a heartwarming tribute noting that Andy recognizes that
it is the tiniest steps that build a foundation.
The program continued with
video tributes from Congressman Kevin McCarthy and Senator
Rob Portman, before the emcee introduced the first
musical act, American country music star, Janie Fricke.
Dinner was then served, where guests enjoyed a delicious
menu of Lemon
Sole with Saffron Globe Artichoke, Crispy Herbs, Millet
Pilaf, Green Grape Verjus; Tellicherry Crusted Beef
Tenderloin, Hedgehog Mushroom, Garnet Yam Mash, Broccoli
Leaves with Brandy Shallot Sauce; and Vegetarian lasagna
“Bolognese” with eggplant, San Marzano Tomato, Garbanzo
Next to take the stage to honor Andy were Sam
Sabin, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx and Ben Jacobson.
Finally, Andy Sabin took the floor to thank all the guests
for attending and celebrating his 75th with him
in style. The evening concluded with an exciting performance
by American country music singer-songwriter Lee Greenwood
before a gorgeous animal-themed cake was wheeled out and a
surprise Happy Birthday song was led virtually by Folk
Musician Livingston Taylor.
In honor of his Birthday and in the spirit of
Buddhism, Andy offered a holiday present to all of his
guests, matching each donation made to the guests' favorite
charities up to a maximum amount of $5,000.00 per person.
Those in attendance for the special evening
included: David and Susan Rockefeller, Kara Ross, Nobel
Prize winner Jim Allison, Joseph Grogan, Jill Zarin, Carl
Safina and Patricia Paladines, Russ Mittermeier, Michael
Gerrard, Dick Grasso, Carole Crist, Trammell Crow, Greg
Manocherian, Jonathan and Susie Sabin, Kiera and Ava Sabin,
James and Rose McKiernan, Arnie and Paola Rosenshein, Greg
and Kim Lippmann, and party planner Diana Aceti.
About The South
Fork Natural History Museum
The mission of the
South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) is to stimulate
interest in, advance knowledge of, and foster appreciation
for the natural environment, with special emphasis on the
unique natural history of Long Island’s South Fork. SOFO
is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 nature organization chartered
by the New York State Department of Education. SOFO is
located at 377 Bridgehampton, Sag Harbor Turnpike, PO Box
455, Bridgehampton NY 11932, http://www.sofo.org ,
and is open seven days a week from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For
more information, call 631-537-9735. SOFO is a
not-for-profit 501(c)3 nature organization chartered by the
New York State Department of Education.