Mariah Calagione’s favorite place in Delaware is anywhere there is sand. When not at work, she might be found spending time along Delaware’s great coastline near Lewes or at Cape Henlopen State Park with her husband and kids.
As high school classmates at a boarding school in western Massachusetts, Mariah Calagione and her husband Sam bonded over large pots and pans in the campus dining hall. Now married and living in her native Delaware more than 25 years later, they haven’t strayed far from the dining hall atmosphere, only the pots and pans have been replaced by huge stainless steel tanks that prepare beer instead of food.
As owners of the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery headquartered in Milton, the Calagiones like to give back to their local community, which is how they found out about The Nature Conservancy.
“Two of the Conservancy’s nature preserves – the Pemberton Forest Preserve and the Edward H. McCabe Preserve – are located near our brewery operations in Milton,” says Calagione. “Like the Conservancy, our reach also extends beyond Delaware. Benefiting other backyards is another benefit of doing business together since Dogfish depends upon healthy natural environments for the ingredients that go into our beer.”
Mariah Calagione also appreciates the Conservancy’s collaborative approach, which fueled her desire to work together on the company’s annual Dogfish Dash 5K and 10K running race to benefit a local charity. Since 2007, the Dogfish Dash has generated more than $150,000 for the Conservancy’s work in Delaware.
Mariah brings a background in marketing and communications to the Conservancy’s Delaware Board of Trustees, skills she uses to promote Dogfish in print and online. She also oversees events, merchandise and advertising campaigns.
“The Conservancy is extremely fortunate to be able to tap Mariah’s talents and support as we pursue ambitious new projects aimed at conserving the state’s natural assets in the face of growing development pressure and a changing climate,” says Richie Jones, State Director of The Nature Conservancy in Delaware.
As the mother of two young children, she’s also focused on using these tools to reach the next generation of community and conservation leaders.
“I want to help the Conservancy with getting the word out about the great work they do here in Delaware and around the world,” says Calagione. “The 2012 Dogfish Dash had 1,575 runners in attendance from all around the country – a great opportunity for motivating a new generation to give time and money towards the great cause of nature conservation.”