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Clients in the News – May 2014

  • TTOR Nature Snap - may 2014Summer is almost here, and our clients have lots in store for seasonal fun, starting with The Trustees of ReservationsNatureSnap: Immersion Photography Weekend Workshop with acclaimed professional photographer David “Stoney” Stone, which took place May 17-18, in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Next, on May 28, The Kennedy Center presented a free concert featuring John Legend with artists who became famous through YouTube. See the filmed concert on the Kennedy Center’s YouTube channel! Don’t miss the ninth-annual Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Bands in the Sand event: a spectacular waterside beach party on June 14 with live music, food, and drink, while you support a wonderful cause. Visit CBF’s website for information and tickets. At National Geographic’s Summer in Space exhibition (June 30 – August 5), you’re invited to Learn about the latest discoveries from Mars, Saturn, and elsewhere in the galaxy from leading NASA scientists, engineers, and other space experts. For ticket information, go to National Geographic’s website.


  • Always on the cutting edge of strategies for protecting wildlife and wild places, the Center for Biological Diversity and its partners have issued a challenge – tell us who is damaging California’s redwood trees and claim a $5,000 reward. Turns out people are chopping off burls—large natural protrusions prized for their intricately patterned wood that can weigh hundreds of pounds and bring thousands of dollars—which can expose redwoods to insects and the elements in ways that can kill the trees. To share a tip or simply to learn more, go to CBD’s website.


  • On May 15, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 social justice organizations, met in Washington to give out the 38th annual Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Awards. Three remarkable people, including Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), received the social justice community’s highest honor… presented annually to outstanding individuals who best exemplify Senator Humphrey’s “selfless and devoted service in the cause of equality.”  To read more, visit LCCR’s website. On the other side of the Potomac, on June 5, the American Horticultural Society will hold a ceremony to bestow its Great American Gardeners and Book Awards on the individuals, organizations, and businesses who … represent the best in American gardening. Visit AHS’s website for more on this year’s outstanding winners.
  • Must see: Time magazine reporter Belinda Luscombe’s interview of Farm Sanctuary President Gene Baur for the web series “Ten Questions With…” She questions Baur about everything from Farm Sanctuary’s mission, to guidelines for humane treatment of animals, to his guilty pleasures as a vegan. The video is available here.


  • LWV Convention - Client news may 2014The League of Women Voters holds its 51st national convention in Dallas, June 6-10. With an impressive list of presenters, the convention brings together hundreds of local, state, and national League members to discuss the critical issues of today. For more information, visit the League’s website.


  • And finally, we are pleased to announce that, effective July 7, the National Wildlife Federation will have a new president and chief executive officer: Collin O’Mara, Delaware Secretary of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. We look forward to continuing our fruitful relationship with NWF under Mr. O’Mara’s leadership. To learn more about Mr. O’Mara’s background and what he hopes to bring to NWF, visit