This week, staff writer Laura Rysz talks with Craig Lukatch about the upcoming Cocktails for Conservation, benefiting Lacawac Sanctuary’s educational programs.

Residence: Peckville

Educational/professional background: Holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and is president of Lacawac Sanctuary

Title: Event chairman

Q: What is the theme of this year’s event?

A: The theme of the event is centered around the outdoors, and the best way to host an event to help conserve the earth is to host it outdoors.

Q: What will be on hand at the event?

A: The event includes an open bar and appetizers by the Mustard Seed Cafe in Waymart.

Q: What is on the menu?

A: The menu consists of locally grown farm-to-plate stations.

Q: How many years has this been a tradition?

A: This event is new, but it stemmed from our former event called the Summer Solstice.

Q: What is your fundraising goal?

A: Our goal is $10,000.

Q: How will proceeds be used?

A: The proceeds will be used to support Lacawac’s educational work in the local community to help shape the next generation of Earth stewards. Specifically, the funding will be used toward our K-12 educational programming.

Q: What is unique about this event?

A: The backdrop and location of this event are what make it special. Lacawac is a special place, and being outdoors is what makes this event unique.