Sunday, September 23, 2018, 1-4pm
The Mountain Terrace, Woodside, CA
Join us for a special afternoon in celebration of Committee for Green Foothills’ 56-year legacy and two people who have dedicated their lives to protecting open space and connecting people to nature. Past honorees include Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Congressman Pete McCloskey, California Coastal Commission chief Peter Douglas, and the famed musician Joan Baez. This year we honor two deserving individuals, retired General Manager of Midpeninsula Open Space District Steve Abbors and Founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro Rue Mapp.
Retired Midpeninsula Open Space District General Manager
Until his retirement at the end of 2017, Steve Abbors led Midpeninsula Open Space District’s extraordinary work to promote open space preservation and public restoration for a decade. Founded in 1972, this agency has protected more than 63,000 acres of public land and manages 26 open space preserves our region. Steve dedicated his career to public access to open space and connecting people to the ecosystems we all depend on.Some highlights of his career include securing over $300 million for land acquisition, restoration and public access, reconnecting the Amah Mutsun Tribal band to their ancestral lands on Mount Umunhum through a permanent conservation easement, and opening the Mount Umunhum to the public.
CEO and Founder of Outdoor Afro
Rue Mapp has served as the fearless leader of Outdoor Afro since it started as a blog in 2009. Outdoor Afro is a national non-profit organization with more than 60 leaders in 28 states. It not only supports the African American community getting outdoors and being leaders in open space, but addresses the need for greater diversity outdoors. Rue’s many accolades include being invited to the White House to participate in the 2010 America’s Great Outdoors Conference, and subsequently to take part in a think-tank to inform the launch of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative. She was listed in the The Root 100 as one of the most influential African Americans in the country in 2012 and 2016. Currently, Rue is a California State Parks Commissioner.
We hope you will join us Sunday, September 23, 2018 for wine and appetizers as we honor these two powerhouses in the national open space movement.
Tickets will be available for purchase June 1, 2018.
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All sponsorship and ticket purchases are tax-deductible as allowed by law, minus $50 per ticket. All proceeds from Nature’s Inspiration will support our work to protect the open spaces, farmlands, and natural resources of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.