Thousand Oaks, April 21, 2017: State Senator Henry Stern will highlight the importance of open space in our area and acknowledge the inspirational achievements of the many women who have campaigned for the preservation of the Santa Monica Mountains over so many years at a May 7th Spring Celebration.
The Santa Monica Mountains Fund Spring Celebration (4-7:30 pm, Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center, King Gillette Ranch) will honor the founding mothers of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA), Sue Nelson, Jill Swift and Margot Feuer, who campaigned tirelessly to save the mountains from development. Since then, the legacy of determination to save our local public lands has been continued by many incredible women, including these who we are honoring at our Spring Celebration:
They are former State Senator Fran Pavley; Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks; Mary Sue Maurer, currently serving as Mayor of Calabasas; Rorie Skei, Chief Deputy Director for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy; Beth Pratt Bergstrom, California Director of the National Wildlife Federation and mountain lion / wildlife campaigner; Mary Weisbrock, founder of Save Open Space; Suzanne Goode, Natural Resource Program Manager for the California Department of Parks and Recreation – Angeles District; Julie Newsome, wildlife campaigner and event organizer; Josephine Powe open space campaigner and advocate; Mary Ellen Strote, writer / Santa Monica Mountains advocate, and Nancy Helsley, a community environmental education coordinator.
More information about the honorees can be found at: http://www.samofund.org/2017/04/26/honored-women-of-the-santa-monica-mountains/
Individual tickets are $130 each, and include all-access to food, drink and entertainment. For more information, please go to: www.samofund.org/spring-celebration
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