Nature’s Inspiration 2020: Music brought us together

Held virtually, our 17th annual celebration was different this year. This did not stop our community from having a great time and many attendees shared that Nature’s Inspiration was the best online event they have ever attended.

Music was key to the event’s magic. With musical performances from Grammy award-winning Raul Pacheco and Ozomatli, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Neil Young, rising star Calina Lawrence of the Suquamish Nation, and Freddy Clarke, the diverse mixture of rock, soul, hip hop, and flamenco guitar kept the lively energy going throughout the evening.

It was a privilege to honor Valentin Lopez for his leadership as the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band Chairman. Solidarity was the anthem of the event and this was emphasized by the program which included a land acknowledgement from Chairwoman Charlene Nijmeh and opening prayer by Vice Chairwoman Monica Arellano, both of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area.

We celebrated the importance of protecting sacred lands, specifically Juristac in Santa Clara County. It was humbling to hear from Chairman Lopez,

“All Mutsun are inspired to take care of Mother Earth so we can honor our ancestors and fulfill our sacred obligation to Mother Earth and to Creator. We are extremely thankful to Green Foothills and together we form a strong team for the protection of both cultural and natural resources.”

Most importantly, we are incredibly thankful for the support we received from the Green Foothills community. Nature’s Inspiration is an extremely important fundraiser for our organization and supports 25% of our operating budget. The event exceeded our fundraising goals, raising over $300,000 in gross proceeds. From sponsorships, ticket purchases, and auction bids, the Green Foothills community stepped up to help us achieve our goal and to show that our work protecting local nature is extremely valuable to our region.

As part of our continuing journey to be good allies with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, together we raised over $22,000 for their non-profit organization the Amah Mutsun Land Trust (AMLT). AMLT promotes traditional cultural and spiritual indigenous stewardship of Amah Mutsun tribal territory through research, conservation, restoration, and education. AMLT plans to invest the funds from Nature’s Inspiration in programs dedicated to Amah Mutsun youth which include a youth stewardship summer camp, a Native Stewardship Corps summer internship program, and a year-round Native Stewardship Corps. These programs allow AMLT to restore the path of learning and interaction with nature that the Amah Mutsun have followed for millennia as well as intentionally develop the next generation of Amah Mutsun land stewards through youth engagement in indigenous stewardship and ecosystem restoration projects. The Youth Walk to Juristac event is just one Protect
Juristac campaign activity the funds helped support.

We couldn’t be happier with the support and success of Nature’s Inspiration 2020 that was made possible by our generous community. Now how do we top that next year? We started by inviting the Green Foothills community to submit nominations for our next Nature’s Inspiration honoree. Our Nature’s Inspiration Award Task Force will review all nominations and make the final selection. Our honoree will be announced in the early spring and we’re looking forward to another great event this fall.

Our heartfelt and sincere thanks to all the wonderful people whose generous sponsorships made the event possible!

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

O’Brien Family Charitable Fund

Ranae DeSantis
Morgan Elizabeth
KPMG and Lisa & Edward Munro
Ann and Mark Monroe
Myrtle L. Atkinson Foundation
Laura Wells

Ben Hammett
Gary and Patricia Hedden
Peter and Sue LaTourrette
Law Offices Of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy
Peter and Beverly Lipman
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
Peninsula Open Space Trust
Lennie and Mike Roberts
Sempervirens Fund
Nancy and Greg Serrurier

Steve Abbors
Applied Materials
Brandenburg Family Foundation
Linda and Sid Liebes
William Reller
Save Mount Diablo
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Maxine Terner and Keith Weber

ACLU Foundation of Northern California
Jon Adams
Leslie Airola-Murveit and Hy Murveit
Tamara Alvarado
Marilyn and Bill Bauriedel
Steve Beck and Jane Baxter
Barbara Bessey
Steve Betando
Greg and Lauren Boro
Craig Britton and Carleen Bruins
Phyllis Browning
Matthew Burrows
David Cohen, San Jose Councilmember
Martha Cohn
Mike Danzenbaker and Lee Hung
Marshall Dinowitz and Lisa Kelly
Rod Diridon, Sr. and Gloria Duffy
Barbara Erny
Megan Fluke and Jeff Prentice
The Foster Museum
Smita Garg
Sequoia Hall
Susan Hansch and Richard Wright
Jerry Hearn and Rebecca Reynolds
Cayce Hill and Joe Zullo
Tracy and Julie Hutcheson
Lee Ann Jarrell
Sergio Jimenez, San Jose Councilmember
Pitch and Cathie Johnson
Alice Kaufman and Scot Griffin
Margaret Laffan and Shashank Arora
Richard and Alanna Lanman
Charlie Lum
Tor and Nancy Lund
Theresa Lyngso and Joseph McClintock
Margaret and Jamis MacNiven
Shelley and Andrew Meyer
Dan and Helen Quinn
Katie Sanborn and Barbara Wright
Roberta Saxon and Mike Sasnett
Jeff Segall andHelen He
Joe Simitian, Santa Clara County Supervisor, and Mary Hughes
SRT Consultants
Carolyn and Edwin Tognetti
Valley Water
The Walt Disney Company
Terrell Watt and Mark Karwowski
Bart and Nancy Westcott
Wisdom Revealed
Ciddy Wordell
John Zotz

African American Community Service Agency
Jeffery and Sharon Allyn
Blanca Alvarado
Lawrence Ames
Garnetta Annable
Ian Bain
Bryan Beck and Kaia Eakin
Josh Becker, California Senator
Manjeet Bhamra
Phil and Mary Bobel
Jo-Ann Byrne Sockolov
Dan and Helen Chapman
Constance Crawford
Cooney Family
Paul and Jade Davis
Gabriel de la Rosa
Michelle Domocol
Paul and Maureen Draper
Craige and Jan Edgerton
Linda and Jerry Elkind
Sandy Emerson
Ron Erskine
Anna Eshoo, United States Congresswoman
Nazy Fahimi
Nancy Federspiel
Pam Foley, San Jose Councilmember
Steve and Leslie Furney-Howe
Linda Gass and Rob Steiner
Marian Goldeen and Arthur Ogawa
Jeffrey Gong
Shruti Gopinathan and Vishal Gupta
Melissa Hippard
Kristine Karnos
Arthur Keller
Bill and Kathy Korbholz
Los Gatos Birdwatcher
Andrea Mackenzie and Jenni Martin
Anand Madhavan
Chris Manning and Laura Salcido
Barbara Marshman
Mary L. Reber Trust
Hyma Menath
John and Valerie Metcalfe
Allen Olivo and Robin McKnight
Teresa O'Neill
David Oppenheimer and Elaine Sulzberger Oppenheimer
Smita Patel
Mike Potter, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority Director, and Cindy Chavez, Santa Clara County Supervisor
Emily Ann Ramos, Mountain View Councilmember
Diana Reddy
Emily Renzel and Enid Pearson
Curt Riffle and Karen Scussel
San Mateo County Parks Foundation
Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency
Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority
Kathryn Schmidt
Ben and Annette Segall
Sequoia Audubon Society
Joan Sherlock
Diane Siemens
David Simon and Lynn Gordon
Sharon Snyder
Jackie Speier
Rene Spring, Morgan Hill Mayor Pro Tempore and Mark Hoffmann
Carolyn A. Straub and Stephen L. McHenry
Hartono Sutanto and Tom Myers
Arpana Tiwari
Charlie Tomberg
George Tucker and Zoe Kersteen-Tucker, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space Director
Jessica Vernon
Don Weden
Mariquita West
Jim Wickett and Magdalena Yesil

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