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Champions of the Chesapeake

Dec 14, 2015 01:25PM ● By Becca Newell

The Chesapeake Conservancy hosted its Second Annual Champions of the Chesapeake dinner on Tuesday, December 8th, at the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis.

Champagne and 
hors d'oeuvres greeted the 190 guests upon arrival. After enjoying the hour-long reception, which boasted an open bar, attendees moved to the dining room for a three-course dinner.

The highlight of the evening was the award presentation, which recognized the dedication and leadership of policymakers, individuals, and companies in the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. 
Three recipients were honored:

  • Esri - for providing GIS (geographic information systems) software and support benefiting restoration and conservation of the Chesapeake Bay. Among other things, Chesapeake Conservancy uses Esri's ArcGIS technology for high-resolution land cover mapping and change analysis, multi-resource conservation planning, and viewshed protection and impact assessments.
  • Dr. Mamie Parker - for her urban speaker series, the "Mamie Parker Journey: Inspiring Youth to Embrace the Chesapeake." The former assistant director of Fisheries and Habitat Conservation for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service presented her series to more than 450 students in Baltimore city. According to Chesapeake Conservancy, Parker shared her own life experiences with students to show how the outdoors and conservation helped her overcome numerous obstacles in her life.
  • National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis - for his commitment to the Chesapeake Bay. According to Chesapeake Conservancy, under Jarvis' leadership, the NPS has been an advocate for bringing the Chesapeake Bay watershed to the forefront of conservation efforts on the federal level, including the development of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the first national water trail in the country.
Event sponsors included Intel, Neely Financial, Brown Advisory, Beveridge & Diamond PC, Michael D. and Ann Hankin, and What's Up? Media. 

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