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The Nature Conservancy’s 19th Annual Hoochie: The Savanna to Savannah Gala Draws 500 Guests

Yearly Earth Day Celebration Has Raised $4 Million To Date For Conservation in Georgia

Atlanta, GA | April 30, 2013

The Nature Conservancy in Georgia, a conservation organization working around the world and in Georgia to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people, celebrated its 19th annual Earth Day gala on Friday, April 19. The Hoochie: The Savanna to Savannah was held at Tophat Soccer Fields in Buckhead. The environmentally friendly gala drew 500 guests who dined on a sustainable menu by Epting Events, enjoyed a performance by the Drum Café and the Bradley Cole Smith Band, and bid on exclusive items in a silent auction. 

Mark Abner, executive director for The Nature Conservancy in Georgia, said that celebrating the reach of the organization is what made the evening special for him. “It is inspiring to spend time with our supporters who have helped us protect rivers in Georgia, improve the health of our coast and care for our state’s iconic forests, while also knowing their commitment helps us accomplish these same kinds of conservation successes around the world.”  

The Hoochie regularly draws leaders in the environmental and conservation field as well as local notables, and this year was no exception. Guests included chef Adam Evans of The Optimist, which was recently named best restaurant in America by Esquire magazine; Sanjay Gupta, M.D., chief medical correspondent with CNN; Mark Williams, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources; state senator Hunter Hill and former state representative Elly Dobbs; and author and Atlanta-Journal Constitution columnist Charles Seabrook. 

Honorary chairs Neville and Pamela Isdell and Braye and Tori Boardman led this year’s celebration. Richard and Suzanne Deriso served as event chairs. Prior to the gala, Martin and Jennifer Flanagan hosted an exclusive reception for patrons and sponsors.

Cox Conserves and Georgia-Pacific were the presenting sponsors, and additional corporate sponsors included Georgia Power Company, Novelis, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, McKenna Long & Aldridge Foundation, The Colonial Group, RockTenn Company, AGL Resources, The Coca-Cola Company, Perkins + Will, Jones Day, Kaiser Permanente and Turner Enterprises Inc. 

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Sherry Crawley
The Nature Conservancy in Georgia

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