Holiday Fundraising Appeal

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Dear Members & Friends:

It is again that time of year when we ask our fellow members and friends for their support. Remember, this is our only fundraising effort. Your help allows us to accomplish much each year. 

2017 has been a year of exciting accomplishments and incredible challenges. All the while, our environment has been on the forefront of so many news headlines. Hurricanes, fresh water discharges, and proposed political solutions to remedy man-made problems have been in the headlines throughout the year.

Through it all, Audubon of Martin County has continued to serve as an educational resource and an environmental advocate for our community.

We have so much to be thankful for as well. As an environmental leader in our community, I could never do my job without the support of a great board of directors, education director, and the many other individuals that volunteer countless hours to make our chapter what it is.

Sometimes, however, mother nature reminds us who is in control. Hurricane Irma spared our structures as the Possum Long Nature Center, but the trees took a terrible toll. Literally tons of debris was created as a result of the storm, but volunteers once again came to the rescue to help with the clean up.

For the coming year, we are continuing our work to restore the Possum Long Nature Center. We want to improve this unique property not only for our birds, but also as a park that can be used in conjunction with our long-term educational mission.

To this end we have the following goals set forth for the coming year:

  • Restoration of our wetlands area is critically important to maintaining the Possum Long Nature Center. By removing unwanted growth in the wetlands marsh, it will continue to attract water foul and wading birds to this area.
  • Construction of a public restroom facility as a convenience to our members and visitors alike.
  • Securing the Possum Long Nature Center with a perimeter fence that will allow better security and management of public access.
  • Improving the trails throughout the nature center along with interpretive signage as learning tools for our visitors.

These are just some of the areas that we hope to be working on for the coming year. Your support would mean so much to us as we continue our educational mission to children and adults alike.

The Audubon Educational Endowment

In a major step towards future financial stability, we were recently invited by the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin County to participant in their new endowment program. The Community Foundation is providing us with a special matching grant to help us establish our new educational endowment fund.

Contributions of $1,000 or greater to this fund will be matched dollar for dollar up to the first $25,000 raised. While it’s important to raise funds for our current operational expenses, this new endowment program is a wonderful way to make a legacy contribution to our chapter that will continue giving for years to come.

As I complete my 4th year of service as your chapter’s president, I am so grateful for your support. I sincerely hope that you will consider Audubon of Martin County in your year-end giving.

Wishing you and your family the very best during this holiday season, and the coming year.

Sincerely,

John A. Nelson, President

Audubon of Martin County

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