Garrison Institute Holds ‘7 Billion for Dinner’

Community Earth Day observed April 16

The public is invited to a Community Earth Day Meal, a convivial dinner at the Garrison Institute prepared by Fresh Company with hors d’oeuvres, dinner, wine and beer, and featuring the vice chair of the board of directors for the Friends of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Nick Groombridge, who will present a talk that examines the relationship between population, economic development and environmental load.

Nick Groombridge

Nick Groombridge

The event takes place Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at the Garrison Institute, 14 Mary’s Way in Garrison. This is the sixth annual Earth Day event hosted by the Garrison Institute in collaboration with Fresh Company. This Earth Day, with sustainability in mind, the menu reflects some of the world’s most populated places, such as Brazil, China, Egypt and Japan. Many ingredients will be sourced from local growers and vendors.

Groombridge is a partner in the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, based in New York City. In addition to the practice of law, he has a longstanding interest in human population issues. He has supported the UNFPA for many years, as it promotes a world “where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.” The World at 7 Billion, a Friends of UNFPA campaign, was designed to bring attention to the challenges resulting from population growth.

Reservations are required and can be made at or 845-424-4800. Tickets are $45 per person, by credit card, accepted prior to the event; $50 cash or check at the door. A percentage of the dinner price will be donated to Chefs Collaborative, an organization that promotes sustainable cuisine through education and supports local farmers.

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