The program began with a film produced by, Alex Cochran of Black Wing Media which celebrated Teatown’s history and recognized all 18 of its past Presidents and Chairs that were honored that evening. The Honorees included: Gerard Swope, Jr. (served 1963-1979 (deceased)), Lincoln Diamant (served 1975-1977 (deceased)), Geoffrey Thompson (served 1978-1986 and 2002-2007), Alice Bamberger (served 1983-1989), William Arnold (served 1986-1989), Marguerite Pitts (served 1989-1993 and 1995-1996), Edward Buhl (served 1993-1994), Michael Weiner (served 1993-1995 (deceased)), David Swope (served 1994-1996), John Marwell (served 1997-1999), John DeVito (served 1997-2000), Joyce Pandolfi (served 1999-2001), Paul Crumb (served 2001-2002), Stephen Swope (served 2001-2003 (deceased)), Clinton Smith (served 2003-2005), Nancy Felcher (served 2005-2008), Lori Ensinger (served 2008-2010) and Naomi Marrow (served 2010-present).
Attendees were delighted by a short film produced by renowned filmmakers Andy Young and Susan Todd of Archipelago Films that highlighted the wildlife of the region and its importance in environmental education programs.
Teatown has been growing steadily since 1963 when it was established on 194 acres. As the environmental movement in America evolved so did Teatown, leading the way in its region. Today, thanks to a committed group of donors and staff, Teatown now manages a 1,000-acre nature preserve. The impact the organization has on the community is far-reaching, serving 20,000 adults and children every year. Teatown strives for each person to become active environmental stewards in their homes and communities.
The Benefit was a great success, due to the generous support of a loyal and dedicated group of friends and supporters, raising more than $325,000 to support Teatown’s environmental education programs. Kevin Carter, Teatown’s Executive Director said, “The energy in the room was palpable due to the 50th celebration and the honorees that came from near and far to reflect and remember. A joyous atmosphere was felt throughout the event which culminated in a spectacular fireworks display. We are so grateful to our many friends in the community who came out to support us.”
As the premier environmental education organization in the lower Hudson Valley, Teatown believes the next chapter in its history will build on its past success with a continued emphasis on science-based environmental education programs and ongoing and expanded outreach to at risk communities in the region. Carter continued, “All children need the opportunity to experience nature first-hand and to learn about the environment, so the next generation will protect the beauty and biodiversity of the land we cherish.”
Teatown hopes the success of the event and the connections the organization has made in the community will encourage people to remain involved throughout the year and participate in the many exceptional programs Teatown offers. The next half century promises to be even better.
Teatown Lake Reservation, an environmental education organization on a 1,000-acre private, not-for-profit nature preserve in Westchester County is one of the largest and most vibrant environmental education and science centers in the region. In addition to its full schedule of year-round programs and nature-focused summer camp, Teatown maintains more than 15 miles of hiking trails. It has grown continuously since it was established on 194 acres in 1963, 50 years ago. More information about Teatown is available at www.teatown.org.
- Front row from left to right
Marguerite Pitts, Joyce Pandolfi, Joan Diamant representative of Lincoln Diamant (deceased), Naomi Marrow
- Middle row from left to right
Lori Ensinger, Alice Bamberger, Betsy Weiner representative of Michael Weiner (deceased), Nancy Flecher, Geoffrey Thompson
- Back row from left to right
John DeVito, Clinton Smith, John Marwell, William Arnold, Paul Crumb, David Swope.
From left to right.
Geoffrey Thompson and Kevin Carter