This week, staff writer Laura Rysz talks with Craig Lukatch about the upcoming Cocktails for Conservation, benefiting Lacawac Sanctuary’s educational programs.
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.
Laura Rysz is the features copy editor and calendar editor at The Times-Tribune and runs the Talk of the Times column, which focuses on local fundraisers and other events. She also writes Chef’s Table that profiles restaurants around the region. Additionally, Laura curates events online on AccessNEPA.com. Laura is involved in the special Mother’s Day edition and curates occasional features Marry Memories and Times Travelers. She is a graduate of Haddonfield Memorial High School, New Jersey, and earned an English professional writing degree with a minor in mass communications from King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. She also earned a certificate in Social Media Marketing from Rutgers Business School. Contact: email@example.com; 570-348-9100 x5228.