We had a lovely Nature’s Inspiration honoring Steve Abbors, retired General Manager of Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, and Rue Mapp, Founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro. Thanks to everyone who sponsored, donated or attended our 2018 Nature’s Inspiration. It is because of you we can be champions of open space of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Check out pictures of the event or let us know what you thought about it.
Retired Midpeninsula Regional 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 70 leaders in 30 states and 20,000 people in the network, 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 are $175. Prices increase September 12 to $225.
Can’t attend, but still want to support? Donate here
Margaret Abe-Koga, Mountain View Councilmember | Sylvia Arenas, San Jose Councilmember | Ian Bain, Redwood City Mayor | Emily Beach, Burlingame Councilmember | Jim Beall, California State Senator | Janet Borgens, Redwood City Councilmember | David J. Canepa, County of San Mateo Supervisor | Kansen Chu, California State Assemblymember | Christopher Clark, Mountain View Councilmember | Donna Colson, Burlingame Vice Mayor | Rich Constantine, Morgan Hill Mayor Pro Tem | Jed Cyr, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Director | Maryann Derwin, Portola Valley Councilmember | Lan Diep, San Jose Councilmember | Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo | Lisa M. Gillmor, Santa Clara Mayor | Carole Groom, County of San Mateo Supervisor Board Vice President | Sequoia Hall, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority Director | Nonette Hanko, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Director | Cecily Harris, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Director | Larry Hassett, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Director | Karen Holman, Palo Alto Councilmember | Virginia Holtz, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority Director | Don Horsley, County of San Mateo Supervisor | Davina Hurt, Belmont Vice Mayor | Sergio Jimenez, San Jose Councilmember | Ash Kalra, California State Assemblymember | Kirsten Keith, Menlo Park Councilmember | Doug Kim, Belmont Mayor | Yoriko Kishimoto, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Director |Liz Kniss, Palo Alto Mayor | Gustav Larsson, Sunnyvale Councilmember | Sam Liccardo, San Jose Mayor | Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren | Evan Low, California State Assemblymember | Shelly Masur, Redwood City Councilmember | Dorsey Moore, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority Director | Ray Mueller, Menlo Park Mayor Pro Tem | Kevin Mullin, California State Assemblymember | Tam Nguyen, San Jose Councilmember | Teresa O’Neill, Santa Clara Councilmember | Deborah Penrose, Half Moon Bay Mayor | Raul Peralez, San Jose Councilmember | Dave Pine, County of San Mateo Supervisor Board President | Mike Potter, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority Director | Harvey Rarback, Half Moon Bay Vice Mayor | Curt Riffle, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Director | Donald Rocha, San Jose Councilmember | Eric Rodriguez, San Mateo Councilmember | Ken Rosenberg, Mountain View Councilmember | Debbie Ruddock, Half Moon Bay Councilmember | Ann Schneider, Millbrae Councilmember | Patricia Showalter, Mountain View Councilmember | Leonard Siegel, Mountain View Mayor | Pete Siemens, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Director | Joe Simitian, County of Santa Clara Supervisor Board President | Warren Slocum, County of San Mateo Supervisor | Congresswoman Jackie Speier | Rene Spring, Morgan Hill Councilmember | Charles Stone, Belmont Councilmember | Daniel Yost, Woodside Mayor Pro Tem
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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.