Seinfeld Does Stand-up, ZZ Top Rocks ForEverglades

PALM BEACH, FL – Comedian Jerry Seinfeld and Texas rockers ZZ Top entertained more than 600 guests, including athletes, musicians and a bevy of other celebrities and River of Grass supporters for the eighth annual “ForEverglades Benefit” at The Breakers.

Jerry Seinfeld, Paul Tudor Jones

Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Tudor Jones

The ForEverglades Benefit raised more than $2 million for the Everglades Foundation, which works to protect and restore the Everglades’ fragile ecosystem. The board of directors supports the foundation’s administrative and fundraising expenses, so all of the funds raised at the benefit go toward its programs.

Benefit chairmen for 2013 were Eva and Glenn Dubin, Elizabeth Kieselstein-Cord and Edward Hamm, Jr., Kim and Chris Havlicek, Sonia and Paul Tudor Jones II, Elaine and Ken Langone, Kathy and Paul Leone, Meg and Keith Long, Michele Henry and Garrison duP. Lickle, Alice and Lorne Michaels, Mary Morse, Barbara and Jack Nicklaus, Sara Groff and Piper Quinn, Ashley and Mike Ramos, Lia Reed, and Toni and Andrew Wilshire.

Jimmy Buffett, Carl Hiaasen

Jimmy Buffett and Carl Hiaasen

The evening began with cocktails, followed by a welcome in the Ponce de Leon ballroom by emcee Willie Geist, co-host of NBC’s “Today” and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” and Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg.

After dinner in the ballroom, Seinfeld, star of the legendary NBC sitcom, took the stage. Auctioneer Guy Bennett followed, leading spirited bidding for exclusive tours in Africa, Argentina and the Everglades.

Afterward, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard performed, playing for guests, many of whom who rushed the stage sporting the dark sunglasses provided for each guest.

Barbara and Jack Nicklaus

Barbara and Jack Nicklaus

Notables in attendance at the Feb. 15, 2013, program included U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and his wife Grace, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Will Weatherford, State Rep. Patrick Rooney, music legend Jimmy Buffett and tennis great Mats Wilander.

Other notables included Mary Barley, Brooks and Allison Bishop, Georgina Bloomberg, Eva and Glenn Dubin, Tucker Frederickson, Mercedes and Stephen Gotwald, Lou Hager, Fenia and Carl Hiaasen, Paul Tudor Jones, Paul and Kathy Leone, Millie Dayton and Eric Levine, Garrison duP. Lickle, Sasha Lickle, Danielle Moore, Thalia and Tommy Mottola, Barbara and Jack Nicklaus, Ashley and Mike Ramos, Alita and Nathaniel Reed, Wilder and Jason Regalbuto, Samantha and Chris Storkerson, and Bob Vila.

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More than seven million people live in the Everglades watershed and depend on its natural systems for their livelihood, food and drinking water. Florida’s agricultural, boating, tourism, real estate, recreational and commercial fishing industries all depend on a healthy Everglades ecosystem, supporting tens of thousands of jobs and contributing billions to our economy. Its waters flow through the Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Ten Thousand Islands, National Wildlife Refuge, Biscayne National Park and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Together, these parks draw several million visitors each year, contributing hundreds of millions of dollars to Florida’s tourism economy.

Since 1993, the Everglades Foundation has played a leadership role in advancing Everglades restoration. The Foundation seeks to reverse the damage inflicted on the ecosystem and provide policymakers with a credible resource to help guide decision-making on restoration issues. For more information, visit

Photos by Julie Skarratt.


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