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Gala attendees sipped cocktails while cavorting around the famed dinosaur skeletons in the museum’s lobby. Inside the museum’s Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, patrons were treated to lavishly decorated tables, set amongst the dioramas of  seals and dolphins and beneath the life size giant blue whale.

Many steps were taken to green the event. The cruelty-free centerpieces for each table featured a tableau of terrariums and magnifying glasses, which will be donated to NYC Public Schools. The goodies in the terrariums were also reused; aloe plants will be replanted, feather decorations were cruelty free, and insects made from wire and keyboard keys will be turned over to WeRecycle after the event. The tablecloths, printed with newspaper articles from NRDC, where printed onto recyclable fabrics, while the giant newspaper stage backdrop was printed with non-solvent inks onto 60 percent recycled fabric. Both of these textiles will be upcycled into tote bags sewn in New York City and used for a future event.

The meal, which included a radicchio salad, artichoke and ricotta ravioli, and warm chocolate cake, was all made from local, seasonal, organically grown, and sustainably harvested foods, following the 100 Mile Diet philosophy. The successful evening was a mesh of incredible local foods, informative and innovative video, great jokes, and, most impressively, proof that a glamorous, large-scale event can easily be greened.