On Thursday, September 22nd, many good friends and supporters gathered at the New York State Museum to celebrate twenty four years of conservation by the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy and to honor John and Peggy Sherman for their dedication to the Conservancy. The night was a great success with the sold-out event raising more than $50,000 to support the Conservancy’s land conservation efforts.
The speaking ceremony began with a celebration of honorees John and Peggy Sherman. Together, Peggy and John represent the best of MHLC. Peggy was a board member through a transformative time for the organization and served as President from 2007-09. Since stepping down from the board, Peggy has continued her service as Preserve Steward and Advisory Council member. John also faithfully champions the Conservancy through his many volunteer roles. He serves as a Preserve Steward with Peggy and consistently helps with many stewardship projects. Together, they have introduced countless people to the work of the Conservancy leading to new relationships and wider recognition. They are tireless volunteers and encouraging voices for the organization. And they lead quietly through positive action. We are so delighted to have been able to honor them in this way and to thank them for all they have given to help lead the way for MHLC.
In addition to the recognition of John and Peggy, Executive Director Mark King updated guests on the organization’s important conservation achievements of 2016 and introduced them to MHLC’s new stewardship partnership with Living Resources. The speaking ceremony ended with a special viewing of MHLC’s new promotional video, expected to be released in 2017.
Guests to the event enjoyed beer from the new Indian Ladder Farmstead Cidery and Brewery, wine generously donated by Peter Stoj and Mona Wasserman, cuisine from Bountiful Bread, music by Spiral Tango, and many fabulous auction items.