Sean Eldridge having environmental fundraiser at Manhattan penthouse

Sean Eldridge will be the guest star at an environmental reception in November hosted by a slew of powerful environmental advocates.

The reception, being held on Nov. 20, is being hosted at the 35th-floor penthouse apartment of Frederic C. Rich. Prices to attend range from $5,200 to for a chair,  $2,600 to co-host  and $1,000 for a guest.

The Battery Park penthouse, according to an article by New York Magazine, has a sustainable 2,000-foot winding garden path with apple and Moonglow pear trees, a space for Yoga and sweeping views that “might be the closest you will ever come to paragliding over New York Harbor,” the article says.

Here’s the hosts for the shindig:

Rich is the ex-chair from the Scenic Hudson Land Trust board of directors and a partner with the New York City-based law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Eldridge, who is looking to challenge Rep. Chris Gibson in the 19th Congressional district, was an organizer for Scenic Hudson back when he lived in Garrison. He now lives in Shokan.

Co-hosting the reception is Frances Beinecke and her husband Paul Elston. Beinecke is the president of the National Resources Defense Council and was appointed by President Barack Obama to a commission looking into the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Elston co-founded the New York League of Conservation voters.

Also hosting will be Laurence Rockefeller, an NRDC trustee who is also the nephew of the late Gov. Nelson Rockefeller. In 1992 he tried to challenge Sen. Alfonse M. D’Amato in a Republican primary but was disqualified when he didn’t collect enough signatures, according to this New York Times article.

Diana and Jonathan Rose are members of the Garrison Institute, an environmental think tank and advocacy organization.

Daniel Tishman is a New York City skyscraper mogul who’s the Vice Chairman at AECOM Technology Corporation and chair and CEO of Tishman Construction Corporation. He served on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland commission looking into New York’s power utility companies after recent heavy storms, according to the Times Union. He’s also a big Cuomo donor. This New York Times article also says that “Tishman construction built the original World Trade Center and is now construction manager for 1 World Trade Center and other ground-zero buildings. Recent projects include 7 World Trade Center and the Goldman Sachs building.”

Lucy R. Waletzky, is a doctor and has been the chair of the New York State Council of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation since March 2007. She has been Chair of the Taconic Region Parks Commission and a member of the New York State Council of Parks since February of 2004. She’s also a Rockefellar (that’s literally her middle name.)

Finally, Marc Weiss is a recently minted member of the Sierra Club board of directors and, according to the Sierra Club website, the creator of the PBS series P.O.V. and a climate activist.


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