Many thanks to the friends, colleagues, members, donors, and sponsors who made our 75th Diamond Anniversary Benefit celebration at The Farm House in Meadow Spring an incredible success, especially Nancy and Joseph Sambuco, our gracious hosts. The sold-out event on June 23, 2023, was attended by over one hundred and sixty Preservation Long Island supporters!

We are delighted to share highlights from the gathering in the image carousel below. The entire photo gallery from the event can be viewed online HERE. Event photography by Patrick McMullan.

In this special 75th Anniversary year, we were fortunate to have the Sambuco residence as the setting for the benefit party. The Farm House, situated in the 100-acre residential enclave of Meadow Spring, is an early Long Island subdivision located in Glen Cove that was developed circa 1903. The house, built in 1917, was architect, Mott B. Schmidt’s first Long Island commission: a Jacobean-inspired country house set against a lush garden that retains some elements of an original 1919 Olmsted Brothers design.

Preservation Long Island Executive Director, Alexandra Parsons Wolfe, and President, Henry C. Clark welcomed party guests and provided updates about the work of Preservation Long Island. The program included remarks by Michelle Elliott Gokey, Preservation Long Island Board Secretary and Chair of the Development Committee, and party host Nancy Sambuco, who spoke about the history of the property.

In addition, the City of Glen Cove Councilwoman, Barbara A. Peebles, presented Preservation Long Island with a Citation from Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman in celebration of our 75th Anniversary and in recognition of our work in Nassau County.

Benefit party guests gathered in the garden for cocktails and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres by Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs, while a live performance by musicians from the Jazz Loft, with sound engineering by DJ Joel, provided a festive vibe. The wine selection was made possible in part by generous charitable organization pricing from Total Wine & More.

The celebratory atmosphere was enhanced with flowers from Designs by Melissa Sue and an elegant chandeliered tent supplied by Fiesta Rentals. Guests enjoyed conversations on the lawn around cocktail tables draped in striped linens and Please B Seated provided comfortable places for groups to gather in the gardens. Additionally, guest parking for the event was handled seamlessly by Valdys Valet Service. All partygoers parted the event with gift bags in Preservation Long Island’s signature blue!

As the only regional not-for-profit organization dedicated to historic preservation on geographic Long Island, proceeds from the Diamond Anniversary Benefit support a wide range of Preservation Long Island programming including historic preservation advocacy services, public education programs, and exhibitions as well as stewardship of our historic properties and collections. We are grateful to all our supporters, past and present, who have helped us become the organization we are today.