Thank You to those who helped
Recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award
Eve Bolkin and Abigail Kushman
On the evening of Arbor Day (April 28) over 140 people, including the four honorees, joined the board of the Tenafly Nature Center Association to celebrate those in the community that speak for the trees at the Knickerbocker Country Club at the sold out 2023 Annual Dinner.
The 2023 Annual Dinner was a fun filled evening that brought elements of the nature center into the event. As guest arrived to the live music of the Kimberly Hawkey Trio, TNC staff proudly featured several of the Animal Ambassadors through out the cocktail hour. As guests sat down to enjoy their first course, after the cocktail hour, one TNC educator featured fun quizzical questions about the animals that had been featured for guests to get an up close look at and learn about. With native plant centerpieces colorfully created by students and staff of the forest school and topical stained glass made by one of TNC's Staff members. The evening was one that was infused with a celebration of nature, community and education.
Peter Emmi, TNC's Board President gave a brief overview about some of the past years accomplishments including, the restoration of the east side of the main trail (after damage inflicted by Tropical Storm Ida), the many grants awarded to help further our educational opportunities into low to moderate income schools and for low income households, and the grant received by New Jersey Department of Tourism thanks to Stacy Esser Group, Honda of Tenafly, Bergen County Camera, and Touchstone Computer Systems to update our website and provide TNC with more items that can be used to get the word out about the nature center and the town of Tenafly.
Then after a brief video highlighting what makes TNC so special, TNC's executive director, Debora Davidson spoke about future goals and projects.
In addition Ms. Davidson spoke about some more short term projects such as a new pavilion for the campfire ring education space project, and the seasonal butterfly house exhibit. Both projects need funding and are looking for support. You can learn more by clicking on the links provided.
Overall The event was a great success, attracting supporters to bid on a variety of silent auction items while enjoying cocktails. The evening served as a lovely way for us to celebrate our hardworking staff, volunteers, supporters, and to honor Jon Warms, Jane Murphy, Eve Bolkin, and Abigail Kushman for their hard work and dedication into making Tenafly and the nature center such a special place.
This night would not have been possible without our attendees and supporters who believe in our mission.
Thanks to TNC’s Board of Trustees, for their ongoing dedication and support.
Thank you to our sponsors
Gaurav and Elizabeth Seth
The Balakian Family
Alan Warms and Family
Ira and Shelly Taub
Brightview Senior Living
Chad Coleman and Jolie Lau
The Henry & Marilyn Taub Foundation
Andrew J Mikesh and Carol A Schults
David and Elaine Rho