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A wonderful night was had by all last Saturday night at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s Annual Summer Benefit “Wild Night for Wildlife”. Over 600 guests strolled the grounds of the 1900’s-era Wiccecomac in Quogue, home of Anthony and Jennifer Oldfield, who have done a great job on the restoration of the house and grounds, including a beautiful sunken garden that guests were drawn to all night. The evening included silent and live auctions of art, unique experiences, and many items to help winners enjoy all that the East End has to offer. Items off the grill and sushi were just some of the delectables provided by Sydney's, and guests danced the night away to the sounds of the Sweetwater Orchestra. The bartenders were serving some thing new; Ty-ku, a sake citrus liquor - really good!
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Since 1934, the 300-acre Quogue Wildlife Refuge has been home to diverse wildlife including some that are permanently injured and require human care to survive. Feeding the waterfowl on the Ice Pond, walking along the many well-maintained paths through the pine barrens, marshes, and ponds, and visiting the recovering animals and birds (which have included bald and golden eagles, even peacocks over the years) has provided many a pleasant afternoon for local residents.
This is the major fundraising event for the Refuge since losing state support of its programs in 2006, but in only its second year, it promises to become a fixture of the summer season.