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The Wildlife Conservation Society will host "Dinner on the Sea," a benefit for the New York Aquarium, on Thursday, Sept. 22. The dinner and silent auction raises funds for the Aquarium’s wildlife preservation research and education programs.

The event will be held on the glass-top Bateaux New York, which sets sail from Chelsea Piers at 7 pm. Cocktails on the boat’s deck begin at 6 pm, and dinner immediately follows departure.

In past years, this annual event has raised $175,000, which is also this year’s goal, according to Michelle Kahn, development officer of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

"Dinner on the Sea" also serves to honor the artist Wyland, who will receive the 2005 Conservation Award. The award honors the achievements of individuals who work toward wildlife conservation. Wyland’s wall murals (a detail of his "Radiant Reef" is pictured) depicting the underwater world have been painted on walls and bridges in eight countries, and his non-profit organization, the Wyland Foundation, supports aquatic education and conservation.

Tickets to "Dinner on the Sea" range from $350 to $10,000. The boat departs from pier 61, on the Hudson River at 23rd Street. For more information, call Kahn at (718) 220-5090.

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