Last Saturday, we celebrated the Everglades Foundation and their work to protect the greater Everglades ecosystem at the ForEverglades benefit. The benefit raised over $2.6 million, which will be used to support critical scientific research and restoration projects. Much thanks should go to Paul Tudor Jones, whose commitment to saving the Everglades has been unwavering since he co-founded the Everglades Foundation with George Barley in 1994. The evening featured an incredible performance by Steven Tyler and an important call to action to preserve the Everglades and protect the water it supplies for nearly 8 million Floridians.
The fragile Everglades watershed provides economic, recreational and life-sustaining benefits to millions of Floridians who depend on its future health. The dumping of polluted water from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers is hurting coastal fishing grounds and fueling algae blooms that make waters unsafe for swimming, while negatively impacting real estate. Author Carl Hiaasen
and his impressive fifteen-year-old son Quinn emphasized the need to purchase land south of Lake Okeechobee to use for water storage, which will allow for natural filtration of nutrients and pollution in order to protect south Florida’s drinking water. Along with Everglades Foundation co-founder Paul Tudor Jones, Carl and Quinn were able to raise $500,000 at the event Saturday night, making a significant dent in the effort to convince Florida decision makers, including the governor, to purchase the land.
Learn more about the Everglades Foundation here