Chef Jay Astafa
Deejay duo Stronger Than Dirt, Alex Leisenring and Harrison Paras
Andrea Powell and Brandon Gratton
Andy Ardito and Cassie Karopkin
Matthew Marhsall, Aimee Batuski and Ortal Hovav
MC Alex Carabano
Mini Grilled Cheese by Jay Astafa Catering
Mini Pizzas by Jay Astafa Catering
Claude Tellis and Rachel McCrystal
Atmosphere at Exhibit C.
Tofu "Crab" Cakes by Jay Astafa Catering
Whitecliff Vineyards Wine
Jenny Brown, Doug Abel and Nell Alk
On Wednesday, September 23rd, Only Connect: Aligning for Animals — a fresh event concept begun by animal advocate Nell Alk — hosted a festive vegan fundraiser for Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. Held at Daphne Cheng's latest space Exhibit C., guests of Laughing for Animals: A Comedy Showcase to Benefit Woodstock Farm Sanctuary were wowed by standup from Myq Kaplan, Kate Wolff and Alex Carabaño; delicious, savory bites courtesy of Jay Astafa Catering; dessert from Dun-Well Doughnuts; and wine by Whitecliff Vineyards and cold-pressed juice by The Juice Press. Beyond this, attendees entered a robustly stocked raffle, winning prizes from a number of ethical brands. Tunes were provided by deejay duo Stronger Than Dirt. And, at the end of the evening, everyone went home with a Haymaker's Corner Store reusable tote.
Woodstock co-founders Jenny Brown and Doug Abel were also in attendance. The endeavor altogether raised over $7,000 for the Sanctuary. To learn more about Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, please visit woodstocksanctuary.org.
Photography by Susan Shek