Environmental Leadership Awards Benefit

Hats Off to the 2018 Conservation Champions

Thank you for Experiencing Nature with Audubon Connecticut!

We greatly appreciate your support and wish to express a heartfelt thank you to those who were able to attend our 2018 Environmental Leadership Awards Benefit dinner on April 26, 2018, those of you who bid in our Online Auction or gave donations, and those who support Audubon in many other ways. Your contributions are critical to advance the conservation work we do on behalf of birds, wildlife, and people across Connecticut.

It was an honor to celebrate the 2018 environmental champions—B. Holt Thrasher and Ted Gilman—at this year's dinner with good food, good company, and great conservation! The evening featured the four pillars of our work at Audubon—nature education, science, conservation, and advocacy—as well as an entertaining dinner program with special guest—producer, director, and writer Rob Burnett, and auctioneer extraordinaire, Lydia Fenet of Christie’s Auction House. And of course, inspiring words from both of our honorees!

Because of your support, the event was a resounding success! Thank you again for supporting our efforts to help raise much-needed funds to advance the four pillars of our work at Audubon—nature education, science, conservation, and advocacy. Together, we will preserve Connecticut’s great natural heritage.

Please continue to explore our website and discover our Centers and Sanctuaries in Connecticut. We hope to see you soon!

To view images of this special event, scroll down the page.

To view the 2018 ELA Journal tribute, select here.

Bidding is still live for anyone who would like to participate in the Online Auction.

2018 ELA Benefit Dinner
Ana Paula Tavares (Audubon CT Executive Director), Margaret Lechner (Partner of Honoree Ted Gilman), Holt Thrasher (Honoree), and Connan Ashforth (Audubon CT Board Chair) at the 2018 ELA Benefit dinner. Photo: Cheryl Moss
2018 ELA Benefit Dinner
Zach Adams with Honoree popsicle stick heads of Holt Thrasher and Ted Gilman, and with Bob the American Kestrel at the 2018 ELA Benefit dinner. Photo: Cheryl Moss
2018 ELA Benefit Dinner
Elissa Wolfson, Steve Kress (National Audubon Society), Katie O'Brien (Event Committee Member), and Angela Piscitello (Event Co-Chair) at the 2018 ELA Benefit dinner. Photo: Cheryl Moss
2018 ELA Benefit Dinner
Event Co-Chair Eunice Burnett with Event Committee Member Pam Caffray at the 2018 ELA Benefit dinner. Photo: Cheryl Moss
2018 ELA Benefit Dinner
Marty Cannon, Patty Ryan, and Event Committee Member Michael Chambers at the 2018 ELA Benefit dinner. Photo: Cheryl Moss
2018 ELA Benefit Dinner
Juliet Thrasher with Lauren and Sally Wakeman at the 2018 ELA Benefit dinner. Photo: Cheryl Moss
2018 ELA Benefit Dinner
Committee Members Katie O'Brien, Suni & John Unger, and Marty Cannon at the 2018 ELA Benefit dinner. Photo: Cheryl Moss
2018 ELA Benefit Dinner
David Yarnold (President and CEO of the National Audubon Society) and Honoree Holt Thrasher at the 2018 ELA Benefit dinner. Photo: Cheryl Moss
2018 ELA Benefit Dinner
2018 ELA Benefit dinner centerpieces provided by McArdle’s Florist & Garden Center. Photo: Cheryl Moss
2018 ELA Benefit Dinner
2018 ELA Benefit dinner centerpieces with American Oystercatcher Decoy and Eggs that were hand painted by Audubon CT Staff Member Caroline Bailey and her team of volunteers. Photo: Cheryl Moss

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