The River of Grass Gala honors champions of the Everglades
Nancy Marshall, president of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation, which works for the restoration and preservation of the greater Everglades ecosystem, recently announced the recipients of the nonprofit organization’s first Champion of the Everglades Awards: Governor Charlie Crist, environmental philanthropist Mary Barley and the Board of Governors of the South Florida Water Management District.
The inaugural awards will be presented at the Marshall Foundation’s Fourth annual River of Grass Gala, which will be held on Dec. 6, at the Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach.
“In honor of the Marshall Foundation’s 10th anniversary, we are launching the annual Champion of the Everglades Awards to spotlight those individuals and organizations that have made an outstanding contribution toward Everglades restoration over the last year,” said Marshall.
“Individually, each of our three Champions of the Everglades continue to inspire us for their extraordinary efforts on behalf of the River of Grass,” she added. “But collectively, they have been instrumental in forging a momentous strategy that could bring about one of the largest environmental land acquisitions in the nation’s history and provide the ‘missing link’ needed to protect Florida’s coastal estuaries and better revive, restore and preserve one of America’s greatest natural treasures – the Everglades.”
The annual River of Grass Gala is an elegant dinner-dance that serves as the Marshall Foundation’s main annual fundraiser. Longtime cultural philanthropist Sydelle Meyer is serving as honorary chair of the 2008 River of Grass Gala. The event chairwomen are Roberta Drey and Joyce McLendon, with Bobbi Horwich and Bernadette Shalhoub serving as co-chairwomen.
Tickets for the River of Grass Gala are $375 per person or $3,750 for a table of 10.
For more information, call 561-805-8733TREE or visit www.artmarshall.org.