Why We Save Land

 
Palm Ball

As the mangrove is to our coastline, The Palm Ball is to our mission—nurturing and supporting the conservation of our most cherished places.

The Palm Ball is a celebration of our rapidly growing conservation community of supporters who, like you, cherish our special natural places. In the heart of each of us is a deep respect for the natural beauty that surrounds us every day and the growing awareness of the need to protect those special places that remain.

The Palm Ball takes place amidst the spectacular waterfront setting of Bay Preserve at Osprey. We encourage you to reserve early and make your pledge now for table and ticket sponsorships. The Palm Ball benefits Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast and proceeds support vital land protection initiatives.

We invite you to join us and invest in protecting and preserving the land of Florida’s Gulf Coast for this generation and generations to come.

About Conservation Foundation

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast works to protect the environmental character, biodiversity and natural integrity of the bays, beaches, barrier islands and their watersheds on Florida's Gulf Coast for future generations. Our work forever protects these critical and rapidly disappearing resources, ensuring a Florida where our children will want to live and visitors will continue to explore.

Yet, we know we cannot do this work alone. In our short fourteen-year history, our work with partners, landowners, and generous donors has saved 9,725 acres across 34 properties. These special places include ecologically sensitive areas providing protection for rare habitat as well as significant natural places for the public to enjoy. Our impact is far reaching, affecting the health of the entire Gulf Coast.

Conservation Foundation is actively working on a bold, landscape-scale initiative, spanning three counties on Florida's Gulf Coast, to create a wilderness preserve rivaling our greatest national treasures. Called the Myakka Island Conservation Corridor, we are expanding protected lands on the Myakka River, which currently exceed 110,000 acres. This nature preserve will become the heart of southwest Florida, benefitting people and wildlife by preventing flooding, protecting invaluable wildlife habitat, and keeping our waterways drinkable, fishable and swimmable.

Our wildlife and special places that have long inspired us to call this region home face greater challenges than ever. We recognize that we are the last generation that can save the precious areas which remain. Conservation Foundation will continue to broaden its impact for conservation and build a community of passionate supporters committed to protecting land for people and for nature. Please join us.

Palm Ball Leadership

leadership

Donna Koffman
Co-Chair

Cornelia Matson
Honorary Chair

Bianca Lawrence
Co-Chair

Jamie Becker
Co-Chair

Mickey Davis
Co-Chair

Donna Koffman
Co-Chair

Jamie Becker
Co-Chair

Cornelia Matson
Honorary Chair

Mickey Davis
Co-Chair

Bianca Lawrence
Co-Chair

Committee

Sharon Black Floyd | Kathy Bush | Wendy Carlton | Ann J. Charters | Kathy Coffey | Katherine Harris Mimi Hernandez | Anita Holec | Pauline Wamsler Joerger | Tammy Karp | Elizabeth Moore | Elizabeth Nace | Mollie B. Nelson Jackie Butcher Obendorf | Kristen Paulus | Eileen Scudder-Zimmermann | Ellen Steinwachs | Jenn Stutler | Jessica Swift Elisabeth Waters | Anne Westman | Margaret Wise | Peggy Wood | Jeremy Wright | Michele Esposito Young

Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors.

BARRIER ISLAND BENEFACTORS

MR. & MRS. J. RICHARD MATSON

BARRIER ISLAND ANGELS

FLOYD C. JOHNSON & FLO SINGER JOHNSON FOUNDATION
OCTEX, LLC

BARRIER ISLAND PATRONS
KENT & AIMEE ANDERSON
NED & MICKEY DAVIS
JANET EVANS
GEORGE & MARY DEE HICKS
ELIZABETH MOORE
EILEEN SCUDDER & RUSSELL ZIMMERMANN 

BARRIER ISLAND SPONSORS

MARIO BERNARDIS & MARY LOUISE O'CONNELL
ROB BROWN & ROSEMARY EURE, ATLAS INSURANCE
CHARLES & MARGERY BARANCIK FOUNDATION
ANN & TOM CHARTERS
GULF COAST COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
PAULINE WAMSLER JOERGER
MICHAEL & CHRISTINE KNUPP
SUNTRUST PRIVATE WEALTH MANAGEMENT – JIM ROQUE, VICE PRESIDENT

BENEFACTORS
ARTEFACT DESIGN, INC.
BB&T
CANANDAIGUA NATIONAL BANK & TRUST
STEPHEN CETRULO - CHARLES SCHWAB
DESIGN WORKS, DONNA  & DAVID KOFFMAN
DWY LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS
ANN & LARRY GARBERDING
PAMELA HUGHES, HUGHES DESIGN ASSOCIATES
CAROLYN & BOB JOHNSON
KARP FAMILY FOUNDATION
RON & JULIE MILTON, SCENE MAGAZINE
JOHN & NORA PATTERSON
SABAL TRUST
GLENN SHIPLEY
SPOTLIGHT GRAPHICS
STEINWACHS FAMILY FOUNDATION
SUPLEE, SHEA, CRAMER & ROCKLEIN, PA
DR. KRISTA TOOMRE & DR. HAROLD JOHNSON

MEDIA SPONSOR
HERALD TRIBUNE MEDIA GROUP
SCENE MAGAZINE

SPONSORSHIP

BARRIER ISLAND BENEFACTOR | $25,000
One day use of Bay Preserve at Osprey for you or your company
4 reservations for the Casey Key Soiree on May 6, 2017
Table of 10, preferred seating and table signage at The Palm Ball
8 guests for the Special 10th Anniversary Sponsor Party*
Recognition in event invitation and program book
Your legacy in helping protect Florida's Gulf Coast for future generations

BARRIER ISLAND ANGEL | $15,000
4 reservations for the Casey Key Soiree on May 6, 2017
Table of 10, preferred seating and table signage at The Palm Ball
8 guests for the Special 10th Anniversary Sponsor Party*
Recognition in event invitation and program book
Your legacy in helping protect Florida's Gulf Coast for future generations

BARRIER ISLAND PATRON | $10,000
Table of 10, preferred seating and table signage at The Palm Ball
6 guests for the Special 10th Anniversary Sponsor Party*
Recognition in event invitation and program book
Your legacy in helping protect Florida's Gulf Coast for future generations

BARRIER ISLAND SPONSOR | $5,000
4 tickets for cocktails and dinner and table signage at The Palm Ball
4 guests for the Special 10th Anniversary Sponsor Party*
Recognition in event invitation and program book
Your legacy in helping protect Florida's Gulf Coast for future generations

BENEFACTOR | $2,500
2 tickets for cocktails and dinner at The Palm Ball
2 guests for the Special 10th Anniversary Sponsor Party*
Recognition in event invitation and program book
Your legacy in helping protect Florida's Gulf Coast for future generations

PATRON | $500
1 ticket for cocktails and dinner at The Palm Ball
Recognition in event program book
Your legacy in helping protect Florida's Gulf Coast for future generations

CONTACT

For individual sponsorship services, please call Andria Piekarz at (941) 918-2100 or email Andria@conservationfoundation.com


Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Conservation Foundation's tax identification number is 20-0345249.

Photography: © Clyde Butcher