From Harford Land Trust:
On Saturday, October 27, hundreds of supporters filled the Bel Air Armory for the Harford Land Trust’s (HLT) first annual Harvest Moon Dinner and Auction, raising more than $30,000 for the non-profit that helps protect farms and forests and create community parks in Harford County.
According to Harry Webster, Jr., president of the board for the organization, all funds raised from the event will go to support HLT’s mission to protect in perpetuity unique and important ecosystems of farmland, forests, marsh and coastal land for future generations to enjoy.
The Harvest Moon Dinner and Auction featured a silent auction of 31 donated items and a live auction of 15 donated items, including a 2012 “Wilderness 125” series kayak, four club-level Ravens tickets, custom tailored clothing from Tom James, vacation getaways to Maine, North Carolina, New Jersey, and Vermont, a Madison Mitchell decoy, fishing and hunting trips, horse-riding lessons, jewelry from Saxon’s Diamond Centers and a Chesapeake Bay Trawler Cruise, among others. Live auction items were auctioned courtesy of Jeffrey Vaughn and Ben and Liz Rigdon.
Guests enjoyed drinks, hors d’oeuvres, entrees, and desserts consisting of local and seasonal produce, cheeses and meats provided by MacGregor’s Restaurant, Broom’s Bloom Dairy, and Deer Creek Beef. Entrees were cooked-to-order and included a pasta station, carving station and seafood station. Entertainment for the evening was provided by The Wallis Brothers Band with Dar Coomes.
“The many attendees, donors, sponsors, volunteers and others who supported this event reflect the conservation values held by the community and others across Maryland,” says Webster. “On behalf of the HLT Board, Executive Director Peg Niland and the entire HLT staff, we want to extend a special thanks to everyone who helped put this event together.”
Webster says the event would not have been possible without the support of sponsors including MacGregor’s Restaurant and Catering, Lassen, Marine & Webster, Inc., Autumn Sky Outfitters, Jeff Vaughn Auctions, Rigdon Farms, Bob Ward Companies, Greene Construction Company, Vision Associates, Tom James of Baltimore, H. P. White Laboratory, Country Life Farm, Park Beach Systems, The Mill, Adams Chevrolet, Adams Jeep, Boyle Buick GMC Truck, Atlantic Tractor, Harford County Executive’s Division of Agriculture, SAIC, Plaza Ford, Mid Atlantic Farm Credit, Kinsley Construction, McComas Funeral Home, Papa John’s, Saxon’s Diamond Centers, Christopher and Adrienne Reutershan.
To learn more about the HLT, please visit www.harfordlandtrust.org.