The Bently Foundation recently held a fundraising event, Wild Night. This benefit was for the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, furthering its work to defend the freedom, habitat, and humane treatment of America’s wild horses and burros.

Wild Night was held at the Bently Reserve and featured a roving gourmet feast, unlimited craft cocktails, and fabulous equine-themed decor.

Musical guest LP performed as well as included a special song written for the wild horses; aerial acrobats and dancers were provided by Vau De Vire circus. The fundraising gala also featured both silent and live auctions, a photo booth, and a live art experience. In attendence were celebrity ambassadors, cultural influencers, business leaders, the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign’s most generous donors, and like-minded individuals from the Bay Area.

We’d like to thank our hosts Christopher & Camille Bently, special ambassadors Bo Derek and Ian Somerhalder & Nikki Reed, and the sponsors and host committee, listed below:


Bently Reserve
Best Beverage Catering
Dunstan Wines/Durell Vineyard
Dustin Brown and RBC
Elissa Kline Photography
An Entertaining Company
Entire Productions
A Flying Camera
Giant Steps Foundation
Got Light
Alicia Goetz
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe
Kimerlee Curyl Photography
Maja Kristin
Marc Mel Designs
Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery
Rion Designs
Standard Party Rentals
Surf Air
Val Warner

Host Committee 

Sarah Appel
Sarah & Ray Brown
Lin Coonan
Terri Ducay
Nonie Greene & Todd Werby
Shamrock Gregory
Bill & Laurie Hake
Zem Joaquin
Kathy Kamei
Molly Kingston
Larissa & J. Douglas McCalla
Petrine Day Mitchum
Ellie Phipps Price & Chris Towt
Kimberly Piazza
Jennifer Suarez

To read more about this event, please check out Gentry Magazine, Modern Luxury, or the latest print issue of San Francisco Magazine. 

The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign opposes sterilization, but new methods provide a safe alternative that doesn’t disrupt female hormones.

They maintain their natural wild and social behavior, they just can’t get pregnant. Usually I’m fighting — fighting against roundups or fighting against spaying or gelding horses. This is what grassroots is all about.

Deniz Bolbol, programs director of The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

In Northern Nevada’s Pine Nut Range, a new horse darting program is underway. It’s the first public-private partnership of its kind, and its aimed at controlling the indigenous herd’s population, off neighborhood lawns, and ultimately out of government holding pens.

The nonprofit groups Pine Nut Wild Horse Advocates and the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign are working together with the Bureau of Land Management to try and shrink the herd with the new contraceptive vaccine PZP. This will help eliminate the nuisance complaints that prompt more roundups.

Read more about the extraordinary efforts of these groups on Nevada Appeal.

About the The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign: The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign is dedicated to preserving and protecting America’s wild horses and burros in viable, free-roaming herds and safeguarding their habitat through public awareness and educational programs, coalitions and strategic partnership building. Our goal is freedom, protection and preservation of America’s wild horses and burros.

Bently Foundation grantee Point Blue works with explorers who are mapping the Farallon Islands. 

The Farallones represent this true refuge, where these birds and marine mammals can come and be left alone. It’s a place where the wildlife reign supreme and the limited human activity is done in a way to minimize impacts on wildlife. Even though it’s only 30 miles from the city, it feels worlds away from the mainland.

Marty Schnure, Maps for Good

Point Blue is involved with a collaborative effort to create an interactive digital map that allows the public to explore the Farallon Island wildlife refuge from afar. 

The project is being spearheaded by Marty Schnure and Ross Donihue of Maps for Good. The two cartographers are National Geographic grantees, and they're collaborating with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as Bently Foundation grantee Point Blue, through this project. In addition to mapping the islands, they are working to document the lives of the men and women working in this extremely remote wildlife hotspot. 

Read about their adventures in the National Geographic Explorers Journal.

About Point Blue: Point Blue’s 140 scientists work to advance nature-based solutions to climate change through the conservation of birds, other wildlife and ecosystems through science, partnerships and outreach. We bring the science needed by wildlife and habitat managers to improve conservation outcomes for ecological and economic benefits. We educate school children and train budding ecologists, inspiring the next-generation of conservation leaders. Through our extensive collaboration with government agencies, private land owners, researchers and others we are helping ecosystems and people adapt to the changes ahead.

Bently Foundation founders Christopher and Camille Bently have been presented with The Crucible's Clarion Award.

The Crucible recently hosted its annual fundraising event Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction supporting The Crucible's Education Programs. This year, Christopher and Camille Bently were presented with The Crucible's Clarion Award, a bronze bell cast in The Crucible's foundry. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour followed by a delicious three-course dinner, live entertainment including music, dance, magic, and fire performance by The Traveling Spectacular, as well as fire and art installations and seventeen unique sculptures on display and available for purchase. 

The event was a complete success, with special guest Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf presenting The Crucible with a mayoral proclamation for its many contributions to the collaboration of arts, industry, and community.

See pictures from the event at Modern Luxury.

About the Crucible: The Crucible is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts education organization that fosters a collaboration of arts, industry, and community. Through training in the fine and industrial arts, The Crucible promotes creative expression, reuse of materials, and innovative design, while serving as an accessible arts venue for the general public in the Bay Area. Known for one-of-a-kind industrial arts education programs, The Crucible is also highly regarded for its innovative performances.

People thought the Hawksbill turtles had disappeared forever, but were wrong. SEE Turtles is working with international organizations to support new Hawksbill conservation efforts.

Not long ago that many sea turtle experts assumed there were too few hawksbill turtles left to even bother protecting. But thanks to a few scientists and the residents of a Nicaraguan town, new nesting sites have been discovered, and this critically endangered turtle has a new lease on life. But there’s still work to be done: the turtle is still critically endangered, and faces threats from destructive fishing techniques. 

But working together, a small group of scientists and local residents managed to upend the scientific consensus regarding both where hawksbill turtles live and their status in this region. Groundbreaking scientific research, the protection of 90 percent of new Hawksbill eggs, and local residents working to protect these turtles are just a few of the wonderful things these people have achieved by working together.

Read about the turtles and the people working to save and celebrate their lives at The Dodo.

About SEE Turtles: SEE Turtles has been a proud supporter and partner of ICAPO since 2011. Through our Billion Baby Turtles campaign, we have donated more than $20,000 (enough to save nearly 50,000 hatchlings) and connected volunteers and ecotourists to their projects help support their work and benefit the local communities.

Bently Foundation recently awarded a challenge grant to help fund the $8 million expansion of WildCare’s future home at Silveira Ranch near McInnis Park in San rafael.

Wildcare’s current animal care center has outgrown its 4,100-square-foot building and has been seeking a new home for several years. The Silveira family approached WildCare with an offer for the former Marin County Jail minimum-security Honor Farm buildings on ranch property. Some initial work has been done at the site and the nonprofit animal care center hopes to be open by late 2016.

WildCare will be using the existing buildings on the Silveira Ranch site and adapting them to the unique requirements of our wildlife hospital and other programs,” said Alison Hermance, WildCare communications manager. “To make this possible, crews are currently in the process of stripping the buildings and site of the detritus that remains after decades of disuse. With old ceiling tiles, walls and flooring removed, the beautiful bones of the buildings really shine through as the layout of WildCare’s new site begins to take shape.

Read the full article in the Marin Independent Journal.

About Wildcare: WildCare's mission is to advocate for wildlife for a sustainable world. They accomplish their mission through the following activities: operating a wildlife hospital that responds to sick and injured wildlife that share our environments, delivering formal and informal nature education programs to thousands of schoolchildren and adults each year, and collecting and disseminating data that highlights the impact of human and environmental factors on the health of local wildlife.

WildCare, a Bay Area animal rescue and educational organization, had one of its baby bird nest knitting program featured on NBC News. 

Orphaned baby birds need to be kept warm. Fabric nests provide them with warmth and cushioning while they’re cared for in WildCare's Wildlife Hospital … woolen nests are perfect.


WildCare received nearly 2,500 nests from from California, Minnesota, Texas, Florida, New York, Ontario, Washington, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Indiana — some even from as far away places as Melbourne, Australia and Kiev, Ukraine!

Bently Foundation is proud to help support this local wildlife organization — birds are extremely important to California's ecosystem. WildCare's bird nest campaign was such a huge success thanks to the knitters & crafters from all around the globe!


Nearly 600 coins from The Collection of Donald E. Bently, the late founder, owner, and CEO of Bently Nevada Corporation, were sold in March at the Bently Reserve. Proceeds from the auction benefitted the Bently Foundation, which was founded by Donald’s son Christopher Bently, the CEO of Bently Enterprises and Bently Holdings. Christopher established Bently Foundation as a means to support the communities served by his suite of companies, believing that with corporate success comes the responsibility to engage with the community and inspire positive change. The San Francisco auction was one among several taking place across the country, and raised more than $7.5 million for the Bently Foundation.

My father taught me to be forward thinking and to have vision,” said Christopher. “Bently Foundation will be 100% dedicated to nurturing and improving our world, fostering support for organizations, individuals and ideas that align with our core values of cultivating the arts, advancing environmental sustainability and aiding animal welfare. All proceeds from the coin auction will go directly to the Bently Foundation.

Christopher Bently

The roster of 19th century rarities in the auction was led by a stunning 1830 Templeton Reid quarter eagle, AU55, an exceedingly important find from the first private gold coiner in Georgia. “This historic piece is a relic from the dawn of the American gold rush,” said Rohan, “which took place not in California, but near the Appalachian Trail.” The pre-sale estimate for the 1830 Templeton Reid quarter eagle is $200,000+.

Other highlights of the coin collection included an 1841 Liberty quarter eagle, PR53, which is a favorite 19th century curiosity among collectors, although one with a controversial history. Dubbed the “Little Princess,” the coin does not appear in the 1841 Mint Report, yet experts believe it exists in both proof and business strike examples, with fewer than 20 pieces known. The pre-sale estimate for “Little Princess” is $100,000+.

An 1854-S Liberty quarter eagle, the Discovery Coin for the type, is one of only 12 remaining of 236 pieces struck, while an 1863-S quarter eagle, XF45, NGC, survives as a scarce coin from a limited mintage of only 30 pieces, of which perhaps 12 to 15 examples survive. This rare coin has a pre-sale estimate of $100,000+.

The collection’s highly-cultivated selection of gold coins is reflected in the 1870-CC twenty dollar, AU53, PCGS, the 1864-S ten dollar, AU53, NGC, and the elusive 1920-S twenty dollar, MS60, NGC, which escaped an eternity as a gold bar deep within Fort Knox, a fate that befell all but an estimated 75 examples. These and many more coins exemplify Donald’s wisdom and passion in his pursuit.