2015-08-27 / Around Town

'Wings and Wheels' Sets Fundraising Record for NBS


Rachel Balaban Rachel Balaban You couldn’t beat the setting: under the stars on a beautiful night at the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown for the tenth annual Bird Ball. You couldn’t beat the theme: a retro 1950s backdrop, complete with four vintage vehicles on loan from the Audrain Automobile Museum, the evening’s presenting sponsor. You couldn’t beat the cause: NBS’s ongoing mission of habitat presentation, land conservation, and environmental education.

And you couldn’t beat the results: $85,000 was raised at the Aug. 22 event, which set a record for the beloved organization. This year’s theme, “Wings and Wheels,” brought 350 enthusiastic supporters out for an evening of dancing to fifties tunes, spun by DJ Butch, and a fifties-inspired menu, catered by Newport’s Blackstone Caterers. Event co-chairs Rachel Balaban and Lynne Rey attributed the success of what Rachel called a “magical night” to the guests, the army of volunteers, the 38 sponsors, and the 20 in-kind donors.


Dan Benson and Lindsey Leal Dan Benson and Lindsey Leal “The Bird Ball exceeded all our expectations,” said Director of Development Maureen Coleman. “We’re grateful to have such a large and generous group of supporters who are so invested in sustaining the Norman Bird Sanctuary.”

Next on the NBS calendar (and for most of Aquidneck Island a traditional bellwether of fall) is the Harvest Fair. This year’s two-day event, the 41st, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3 – 4.



Mary Alice Smith and Mark Wayne Mary Alice Smith and Mark Wayne

Tom Perkins, Emily Perkins Hatch, and Aggie Perkins Tom Perkins, Emily Perkins Hatch, and Aggie Perkins

Colleen McGrath Colleen McGrath

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