2014 Pet Hero Award Winner - Andy Sabin
Outstanding Pet Philanthropist
Andy Sabin is a generous philanthropist whose greatest passion is protecting animals──both domesticated and wild. His contributions range from the Wildlife Conservation Society to the Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons. The recipients of his generosity are far too numerous to list, they include creatures from rattlesnakes to butterflies, from cats to dogs, from lemurs to purple martins, from cheetahs to orangutans.
Andy’s financial contributions are matched by his personal commitment and hands-on activities. His nickname is “Salamander Commander” because of his extensive field work with amphibians. On frigid February and March evenings, he can be found wading (up to his waist) in local ponds, searching for salamanders and frogs, leading nature walks. Dedicated to the preservation of endangered species, and in order to promote awareness of this issue, he is a founder of the South Fork Natural Museum (SoFo) and the President of its Board of Directors.
Whether by stopping traffic to let a turtle or snake cross the road, purchasing land to protect habitat, or trekking in India searching for snow leopards, Andy is a champion of all creatures whether under the ground, under the sea, above the ground, or in the sky.
Andy Sabin does more than simply provide financial support to hundreds of organizations. He is actively engaged with community and environmental programs around the world. He spearheaded the building of a community recreation center in East Hampton, NY. As an extension of his life long fascination with reptiles and amphibians and dedication to environmental education, he founded the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton and he continues to lead nature walks for the institution. (Mr. Sabin also participated in an expedition to Papua, New Guinea, that resulted in the discovery of a new species of frog that is named for him: Aphantophryne sabini.)
Mr. Sabin has served for several years on the environmental law advisory boards at Columbia Law School and UCLA School of Law, relationships that began through his role as treasurer of The Evan Frankel Foundation, which made grants of more than $17 million during its 15-year existence. Mr. Sabin is also proud to be a member of the board of visitors of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas since 2005.
In 2007, to provide more professional support for his philanthropy and involve his family in charitable giving, he established the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation.
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