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2014 Environmental Leadership Awards Dinner to be held April 30

28 Apr 2014 5:27 PM
2014 Environmental Leadership Awards Dinner to be held April 30

Thanks to its close proximity to New York City and other affluent metropolitan areas, Greenwich is often considered to be one of Connecticut's most culturally rich municipalities. In addition to the many financial services companies that call it home, this historic town boasts a vibrant art scene as well as a collection of world-class gourmet restaurants, luxury real estate and high-end retailers. 

However, it is often the picturesque surroundings that generate the most attention among residents and visitors, as the region offers a number of breathtaking vistas and scenic areas that highlight the town's natural beauty. 

Accordingly, those who have successfully worked to heighten Greenwich's conservation efforts will be recognized during the upcoming 2014 Environmental Leadership Awards Dinner, billed as "Conservation Knows No Party." On the evening of Wednesday, April 30, the annual dinner will be held at the Belle Haven Club, and serve to commend local individuals and national officials who have worked to conserve the town's fauna and flora. If you enjoy taking advantage of Greenwich's many outdoor offerings and wish to see its native species continue to thrive, consider attending this week's ceremony, as it promises to be an exciting and engaging social event. 

Dinner to honor three influential figures
Sponsored by the Connecticut chapter of the National Audubon Society, this occasion will honor three different individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the organization and notable achievements in the field of conservation. During the dinner, John W. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., - the Louis Agassiz Fuertes director of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University - will be awarded the Katie O'Brien Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, former governor of New York State George E. Pataki and former U.S. secretary of the Interior and Colorado senator Ken Salazar will each receive Environmental Leadership Awards.

Proceeds raised from the upscale occasion are slated to benefit the expansion and improvement of Audubon Connecticut's initiatives, the organization reported. This year's flagship programs include, shorebird conservation, urban oases for songbirds, 21st century centers of excellence and other important bird areas.

Hundreds of area residents are expected to attend Wednesday's event, which could help provide the organization with the funding it needs to carry out its objectives during the coming months. Those looking to learn more about the Environmental Leadership Awards Dinner or confirm their admission can do so by contacting Stewart J. Hudson, executive director of Audubon Connecticut, at 203-869-5272, ext. 222 or shudson@audubon.org.

2013 ceremony yielded more than $800,000 in support
Event organizers are anxiously anticipating this week's social gathering, as the 2013 awards ceremony saw both a substantial turnout and a significant 

Last year, the annual event garnered the attendance of more than 340 individuals, including a number of local celebrities and notable conservationists, according to the Greenwich Post. The evening's honorees included Eaddo Kiernan, Joni Steele Kimberlin and Kevin Kimberlin who each were integral in the growth and popularization of the Audubon chapter. When all was said and done, the occasion saw a total of $800,000 raised, which found the organization the funding it needed to succeed another year.

"This means our education work throughout all our centers will not only inspire people with a love of nature, but it will also guide them into more direct conservation actions and more civic engagement on policy issues," Audubon Greenwich Board chair Lauren Hampton told the news source  following last year's event. 

Now, with the impending 2014 ceremony, organization officials hope this year's event garners as much attention and support, allowing the group to continue making a difference on a local level through a global mindset.