The Kent Land Trust recently held its fall benefit cocktail party at the South Kent home of hosts Katherine Greig and David Schwimmer.

Honorary chairwoman Nancy Kissinger welcomed more than 200 guests to the lush and open grounds, gently sloping to long southerly views of Geer Mountain’s panorama at the Sept. 9 event.

Greig, Kent Land Trust board chairwoman Jane Klein and event chairman Stephen Vaughn provided additional remarks and acknowledgements.

Throughout, guests enjoyed locally-sourced food prepared by caterer Anne Gallagher - much of it grown on KLT’s Marble Valley Farm - refreshments provided by Kent Wine & Spirit, including spirits from nearby Litchfield Distillery, and seasonal arrangements by Kamilla Nadjek.

The event is KLT’s most important fundraiser of the year and provides funding for its extensive work to conserve natural resources including wildlife habitat, clean water, farmlands and unbroken expanses of woods; and to benefit the Kent community and larger public by maintaining walking trails and nature preserves, and restoring land affected by invasive species.

This year’s record attendance demonstrates a shared appreciation throughout the community for Kent’s beauty and nature, and its work with local partners.