GREENBURGH, N.Y. — With money at a premium, the Greenburgh Nature Center is looking for new ways to pad its coffers.
Officials at the Dromore Road center have requested they be allowed to serve alcohol at up to four fundraisers per year, an idea that needs town approval, as booze is currently off-limits at the site.
“We want to bring in some additional funds to be able to keep the standard of the work we are doing,” said Executive Director Courtney White. “The demand is greater than ever, yet our funds are lower than ever.”
Already, the nature center has seen its funding from the town down between $80,000 and $100,000 in recent years, White said. And with the threat of losing even more funding, the nature center has had to look for money in other places, she said.
White is hoping the ability to serve alcohol might help boost revenues with corporate parties or cocktail events. At the very least, it would keep the parties on site, she said. Currently, the nature center has to host fundraisers at nearby hotels or other locations if it wants to serve alcohol.
“It seems crazy to have to go to the Ritz Carlton to have our fundraiser there,” White said.
Even if it were granted permission to serve booze, weddings and other outside events would remain dry, White said. The permission to sell alcohol would be limited strictly to nature center fundraisers.
The center would also foot the bill for a licensed bartender and any insurance costs that come with serving alcohol, White said. And nature center officials aren’t planning any wild parties with boozed-up guests, the director said.
“It would be a charming evening for adults to socialize and have a glass of wine or a beer,” she said.
The Greenburgh Town Council will hold a public discussion on the proposal at its May 9 meeting.