The Nature Conservancy’s 20th annual Hoochie: The Art of Nature Celebration Draws 600 Guests

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

Atlanta, GA | May 01, 2014

The Nature Conservancy, a conservation organization working around the world and in Georgia to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends, held its 20th annual Earth Day celebration on Friday, April 25. The Hoochie: Art of Nature was held at the Goat Farm Arts Center in Midtown Atlanta. 

The environmentally friendly dinner/dance drew 600 guests who dined on a sustainable, Georgia-based menu by Epting Events, enjoyed the sounds of the Bonaventure Quartet and Wilderness Ensemble, interacted with native Georgia animals provided by Kim Kilgore of Georgia Wildtalk and the Chattahoochee Nature Center and bid on exclusive items in a silent auction. This year's event raised at least $350,000 and has raised more than four million dollars over the past 20 years to protect Georgia’s woods, waters and coast. 

Deron Davis, executive director for The Nature Conservancy in Georgia, said, “Our 20th annual Earth Day celebration was an incredible success. We were so proud to celebrate at the Hoochie with our supporters, our trustees, our partners and our friends.” 

This year, the Hoochie had an “Art of Nature” theme; the Goat Farm experiential design team created a dynamic visual and aural environment. Barbara Archer, owner of the Barbara Archer Gallery, curated the art exhibit with works from local, regional, national and international photographers, video artists, painters, sculptors, installation artists and mixed media artists.  

The Hoochie regularly draws leaders in the environmental and conservation field as well as local notables, and this year was no exception. Guests included state senator Hunter Hill and his wife Shannan Hill, author and Atlanta-Journal Constitution columnist Charles Seabrook, Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “Georgia Outdoors” host Sharon Collins, retired WSB-TV anchor John Pruitt and Captain Planet Foundation chairperson Laura Turner Seydel.  

Longtime Conservancy supporters President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter were honorary event chairs. Patron chairs Martin and Jennifer Flanagan (Martin is the CEO of Invesco and Jennifer serves on the boards of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and Chastain Therapeutic Horse Park) and event chairs Tom Harbin III and Newell Harbin (founder and director of Source Capital LLC and director of the Sir Elton John Photography Collection) led this year’s celebration. 

Cox Conserves, Georgia-Pacific and Novelis were the presenting sponsors, and additional corporate sponsors included Georgia Power Company, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, McKenna Long & Aldridge Foundation, AGL Resources, The Coca-Cola Company, Perkins + Will,IBM and UPS. 

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Sherry Crawley
The Nature Conservancy in Georgia


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