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, National Park Ranger and author Shelton Johnson, and the famed musician and activist Joan Baez.
This fall we honor Steve Abbors, retired General Manager of Midpeninsula Open Space District, and Rue Mapp, Founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro.
Retired Midpeninsula Open Space District General Manager
Before his recent retirement, Steve Abbors spent a decade leading Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen)’s extraordinary work to promote open space preservation and public restoration. Founded in 1972, Midpen has permanently protected more than 63,000 acres of public land and manages 26 open space preserves in our region. Career highlights include completing a 30-year Vision Plan with extensive public support resulting in $300 million for land acquisition, restoration and public access through Measure AA. He’s most proud of reconnecting the Amah Mutsun Tribal band to their ancestral lands on Mount Umunhum through a permanent conservation easement, and opening Mount Umunhum to the public.
CEO and Founder of Outdoor Afro
Rue Mapp has passionately led Outdoor Afro, a national nonprofit organization, since it began as a blog in 2009. With more than 60 leaders in 28 states, Outdoor Afro supports African American community leadership in open space issues and addresses the need for greater diversity in the outdoors. Rue’s many accolades include being invited to the White House to participate in the “2010 America’s Great Outdoors Conference”, and subsequently taking part in a think tank to inform the launch of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative. In 2012 and 2016, she was listed in “The Root 100” as one of the most influential African Americans in the country. Rue has served as a California State Parks Commissioner since 2014.
With it’s sunny meadow and breathtaking views peeking through a redwood grove, we are excited to host Nature’s Inspiration at the The Mountain Terrace in Woodside. Learn more about the venue.
We hope you will join us Sunday, September 23, 2018 for wine and hors d’oeuvres as we honor these inspirational leaders in the national open space movement.
Tickets start at $125 and will be available for purchase July 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.