Original story posted in Town & Country Magazine by Eirian Yem
April 27, 2015
If bird conservation doesn't conjure images of the young and beautiful, clad in their party dresses and tailored suits, taking advantage of a well stocked open bar and catching up with old friends from their school days, well... You missed out. You also don't know Arielle Patrick, the Chair of Aubudon Young Members, who throws a charity event like no other.
Last night, Aubudon's Young Members and Manhattan's young professionals gathered for the Spring Benefit at the Bowery Hotel rooftop to support Audubon's conservation project 'Lights Out'. Lights Out is a national effort to convince building owners and managers to turn off excess lighting during the months migrating birds are flying overhead, providing them safe passage between their nesting and wintering grounds.
The rooftop only got busier as the night went on, and an evening of cocktails and canapés turned into a late night of dancing. After raising around $30,000 in tickets sales and silent auction proceeds, the crowd reluctantly made its way out of the Bowery and reconvened at Le Baron to party into the early hours.