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FAU’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center to Host ‘Green Gala’

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (March 16, 2012) - Florida Atlantic University’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center will present its annual fundraiser, the “Green Gala,” on Saturday, March 31 at 6 p.m. at the Pine Jog Environmental Center, 6301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. This year’s gala celebrates the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, the classic that launched the environmental movement. Pine Jog serves more than 40,000 individuals yearly, and 60 percent of them are from culturally diverse and underserved populations. Proceeds from this event help to underwrite Pine Jog’s programs.

The gala will be held in Pine Jog’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)® Gold certified facility and includes dinner and dancing under the stars, and a silent and live auction, with Lou Galterio as the auctioneer. Pine Jog also will honor its annual Environmental Leadership awardees the night of the gala. Recipients include:

Environmental Educator of the Year – Serena Rinker, Arthur R. Marshall

Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

     Honorees – Adam Gaffey, Saint Andrew’s School  and Laurie Mecca,

     Pine Jog Elementary

Environmental Education Program of the Year – Palm Beach State

College’s Center for Green Construction & Energy

     Honorees – Radio Green Earth and John D. MacArthur Beach State


Environmental Organization/Agency/Nonprofit of the Year – Everglades


     Honorees – Resource Depot and U.S. Green Building Council South

     Florida Chapter

Environmental Business of the Year – FPL/Nextera

     Honorees – Pirtle Construction and Southern Waste Systems

Environmental Visionary of the Year – Karen Marcus, Palm Beach County


     Honorees – Elizabeth Dowdle and Mary Barley

Lifetime Achievement Award – Nathaniel Reed

     Honorees – Jeff  Koons and Jane Hart

Individual ticket prices are $125, and sponsorship opportunities are available. The dress for the evening is business/cocktail, and 1940s and 1950s era swing attire is encouraged. For information or reservations, contact Kristi Moyer at 561-686-6600 or, or visit Pine Jog’s website at 


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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