Urban Wild will highlight Rock Creek Conservancy's efforts to create a culture of stewardship. This important endeavor impacts not just the lands and waters of Rock Creek, but also our community. This mission and purpose of the Conservancy is to restore Rock Creek and its parklands for all people, and as the organization grows, it has the goal of promoting a vibrant culture of environmental stewardship with diverse communities connected to, and caring for, Rock Creek.
Through partnerships and programming, the Conservancy is engaging K-12 students and learners of all ages to become stewards of our environment. In 2015, the Fund II Foundation seeded the goal of community engagement and stewardship with a $1M grant to the Conservancy, enabling us to establish the Rock Creek Conservation Corps. This partnership with DC public charter schools is a transformational summer employment and educational experience for high school students, who build an understanding, appreciation and responsibility for nature while completing necessary conservation projects. The Conservation Corps has grown from 6 youth corps members in 2015 to 22 youth corps members in 2016, and with your help, it will continue to grow.
In addition to the growth of our Conservation Corps, in 2016 we've provided place-based, hands-on educational opportunities to 750 community members and students specific to the east side of the Park. We've trained and deployed more than 4,250 community volunteers at almost 150 events across multiple neighborhoods and communities of varying ages. As a partner of the ParksRX initiative, we've connected pediatricians with recreational resources in Rock Creek and led nature hikes for families to experience critical time in green space.
All of these programs result in a cleaner Rock Creek watershed that the community cherishes more every day. If you can't attend the gala but would like to support this effort, you may do so below. Thank you in advance for your generosity and your support!
Scott Siff & Kinney Zalesne
TTR Sotheby's International Realty
James & Kathryn Byrd
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Paul & Annie Mahon
Thad & Jane Paul
Sam Shelton & Jeff Fabian
Green Horse Enterprises, LLC
Tino & Cassy Kamarck
Ethan & Jude Landis
Lucas & Pal Group - Morgan Stanley
Mayer Brown LLP
Dennis McClellan & Steve Deggendorf
Rock Creek Property Group
Josh & Lauren Ackil
Dorcas Adkins & Pat Munoz
Paul & Catherine Armington
David & Anne Cottingham
James Emery & Allison Rumsey
H. Clifton Grandy & Nancy Lucas
The JBG Companies
Jay & Jane Lewis
Sam Sankar & Amanda Cohen Leiter
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
William & Serena Wiltshire