Marshall Foundation Honors Everglades Award Winners

John Marshall, Grace Nelson, Bill Nelson, Jr., Nancy Marshall

John Marshall, Grace Nelson, Bill Nelson, Jr. and Nancy Marshall

WEST PALM BEACH, FLJohn and Nancy Marshall, board chair and president of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades, hosted a reception honoring recipients of the Champion of the Everglades Awards.

More than 40 friends of the Marshall Foundation attended the reception, including Grace Nelson, wife of U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, a 2010 Champion of the Everglades award winner; Mark Perry, a board member of the Everglades Coalition, which won the award in 2009; and Ron Bergeron, Everglades enthusiast and commissioner for the Florida Wildlife Commission, who is receiving this year’s Champion of the Everglades Award for an Individual.

The other two 2012 recipients of the award are U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and the Florida Wildlife Federation, which is currently celebrating its 75th anniversary.

The reception was co-hosted by Pat, Jody and Chris Gleason at Trump Plaza.

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The awards will be presented at the Marshall Foundation’s seventh annual River of Grass Gala, which will be held at The Colony Hotel Pavilion, 155 Hammon Avenue in Palm Beach, on Dec. 8, 2012. Tickets are $350 per person. For more information, call (561) 233-9004 or visit www.artmarshall.com.

“The Marshall Foundation is proud to spotlight individuals and organizations that have made an outstanding contribution toward Everglades restoration over many years,” said Nancy Marshall. “Individually, each of our three Champions of the Everglades 2012 continue to inspire us for their extraordinary efforts on behalf of the River of Grass. But collectively, they have been instrumental in forging both popular and governmental support for reviving, restoring and preserving one of America’s greatest natural treasures.”

Based in Palm Beach County, the Marshall Foundation champions the restoration and preservation of the greater Everglades ecosystem through science-based education and outreach programs. Annually, more than 25,000 elementary and high school students in Palm Beach County actively participate in the Marshall Foundation’s various education programs.

Founded in 1998, the nonprofit organization has in recent years awarded more than $450,000 in scholarships and internships, planted nearly 100,000 native Florida trees in wetland areas and involved more than 5,000 volunteers in hands-on restoration projects.

Photos by Corby Kaye’s Studio Palm Beach.

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