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The Elephant In The Room – World Elephant Day Comes To The Hamptons

Submitted by on August 10, 2016 – 12:32 pmNo Comment

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Symbols of strength, ancient wisdom, and fierce familial loyalty, elephants are beloved creatures.  In their honor World Elephant Day will be celebrated in the Hamptons this weekend with a special cocktail reception and film screening.

On Friday August 12th Trunks of Love a reception for Veterinarians International (VI) will be held at the beautiful Baker House 1650 in East Hampton.  The VIP event chaired by Antonella Bertello, Georgina Bloomberg (honorary) and Cornelia Guest includes a short film and honorary award presented to Christie Brinkley for all her humanitarian efforts and achievements in animal advocacy.  A lifetime achievement award will also be given to Asian elephant expert Richard Lair attending from Thailand.

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Guests will enjoy champagne by Louis Roederer, whiskey by Clyde May’s , exquisite cuisine by Best Chefs of America Chef Maurizio Marfoglia, Chef Elisabeth Johansson of Swedish Culinary Summer and a special champagne pairing course by Amagansett’s award-winning food writer and chef Jodi Moreno of What’s Cooking Good Looking.

The evening’s single live auction item will be a week excursion with VI’s Founding President, Dr. Scarlett Magda helping elephants (and other animals) in Thailand. Funds will support mobile elephant veterinary clinics in Thailand.

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On Sunday August 14th from 4pm to 7pm there will be a special screening and discussion of When Elephants Were Young narrated by William Shatner. The film details the life of a young man and his young elephant living together in Thailand. Their tender bond reveals a complex relationship, where elephants live with humans even though they are wild animals.

Watch Shatner’s video message in support of World Elephant Day, August 12, 2016:

Following the film, an expert panel discussion will take place with the film’s producer/director and World Elephant Day Founder, Patricia Sims, Asian elephant expert Richard Lair, who is featured in the film, and Dr. Scarlett Magda, founding president of Veterinarians International.

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Location: The Castle Barn at Nova’s Ark Project

60 Millstone Road, Water Mill


VI’s founding President Dr. Scarlett Magda is a resident of Sag Harbor is a veterinarian with a passion for raising awareness about the interconnectedness of human and animal health and tackling the root causes of zoonotic disease transmission and animal welfare issues.

You may not know but 75%of emerging human diseases and 60% of known diseases arise from animals.  That’s why VI’s message is also its mission: The world must have healthy animals to have healthy people, and their survival is integral to our own.

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