MHLC is launching our 26th year of conservation in the Capital Region with the Annual Awards Dinner on February 27th at 5:30 PM!
Tickets are available now! Please RSVP by February 16.
Join us for views of the glistening Mohawk River from Schenectady’s beautiful, historic River Stone Manor while enjoying cocktails and a buffet dinner as we honor the individuals and partners who make our conservation work possible.
Our dynamic guest speaker is Elizabeth Sobol, President and CEO of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Sobol will speak on the intersections of conservation and culture in the Capital Region. Prior to being head executive for the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Ms. Sobol spent three years as the president and CEO of Universal Music Classics. Before that, Ms. Sobol was the managing director for IMG Artists for nearly three decades.
Kathy Meany, a volunteer with MHLC for over five years, will be presented with the Dan Driscoll Leadership Award for her dedication and support of conservation efforts in the Capital Region. Ms. Meany volunteers as a Preserve Steward of the Bozen Kill Preserve in Altamont, digging trails, clearing brush, and caring for the land. Ms. Meany leads other volunteers and also spends time representing the organization at local festivals and within the community.
MHLC will also be honoring John Abbuhl (1926-2018) with the Saving Special Places Award for his significant contributions towards land conservation in the Capital Region. Dr. Abbuhl was a founding member of MHLC in 1992 and remained an Advisory Board Member in the years that followed; he was also the founder of the Pine Hollow Arboretum in Slingerlands. Dr. Abbuhl spent his lifetime working to preserve the Capital Region, and MHLC honors his long-lasting influence on local conservation. The award will be presented to his family in recognition of Dr. Abbuhl’s lifetime of conservation work.
“We are thrilled to honor Kathy Meany and John Abbuhl for their contributions to the preservation of the Capital Region. Our Annual Awards Dinner reminds us every year of the power of individuals to make a difference in their community. Our team is excited to feature Elizabeth Sobol of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center as we move into a new year of conservation and look for new ways to connect with our communities. We look forward to exploring the connections between the local arts and nature throughout the year,” says Mark King, Executive Director.
This dinner will be the first of dozens of conservation-oriented events on our 2018 schedule. In March, we are partnering with Bountiful Bread for an exciting Winter Sports Day at Keleher Preserve. Activities include but are not limited to fatbiking, skiing, and snowshoeing. More information on all events can be found at our Events page.
We hope you’ll join us for a special evening on February 27th. Click here to buy your tickets today!