The River of Grass Gala hon­ors cham­pi­ons of the Ever­glades

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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.

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