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Larchmont Environmental Center Hosts Fundraiser

LARCHMONT, N.Y. – The Sheldrake Environmental Center is hosting its summer fundraiser Tuesday night at Crush Wine Bar in Larchmont as part of its effort to continue its educational programs for local children.

“We are the only environmental education center in this area,” said Holly Moskow, executive director of the Sheldrake Environmental Center.

The fundraiser will help raise money for scholarships and program development at the center, as well as subsidize the cost of field trips that local schools take to the center each year.

“We are so developed here in lower Westchester, there isn’t much opportunity for people to get out into the environment,” Moskow said.

The center also offers an afternoon summer camp in the summer, which gives children ages 3-7 the chance to explore nature and learn new things.

“They get to connect to nature here,” said Camp Director Alexandria Fittipaldi, who also is a full-time teacher in New York City during the school year. “With TV and video games, there’s no time for them to enjoy what’s around us.”

The 60-plus acres at the Sheldrake Environmental Center are owned by the Village of Larchmont even though it is technically located partially in the Town of Mamaroneck and partially in New Rochelle. Because the lake located on the property was once a reservoir for the village, they held the rights to the land surrounding it. Eventually the reservoir was no longer needed and the village placed a building ban on the property so it would never become developed.

“To see kids take the time to flip over that leaf and look underneath it or go to the frog pond is wonderful,” Moskow said. “It’s really neat to get to see them exploring nature.”

The fundraiser begins at 7 p.m. at Crush Wine Bar, 1985 Palmer Ave., Larchmont.  Each ticket is $45 and includes two beverages and appetizers. Tickets are limited to 100 people. An apple iPad 3 is being raffled off. Contact the center at (914) 834-1443 for details.

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