An Adventurous Evening

Mountaineer Peter Hillary inspires at Nature Conservancy of Texas spring fling

Peter Hillary inspires at Nature Conservancy of Texas spring fling

Bob Thornton, Janet & Chuck Jarvie, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Peter Hillary, 2013 Dallas Spring Party
Bob Thornton, Janet Jarvie, Chuck Jarvie, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Peter HIllary Photo by Rebecca Lorrine
Robert Bennett, Lori Green, Kay Lunceford, 2013 Dallas Spring Party
Robert Bennett, Lori Green, Kay Lunceford Photo by Rebecca Lorrine
Abe Studer, Chalmers Ward, Peter Hillary, Kay Lunceford, Gene Lunceford, 2013 Dallas Spring Party
Abe Studer, Chalmers Ward, Peter Hillary, Kay Lunceford, Gene Lunceford Photo by Rebecca Lorrine
Irwin Gordon, Patricia Cabrera, Pierrette Gordon, Jesus Cabrera, 2013 Dallas Spring Party
Irwin Gordon, Patricia Cabrera, Pierrette Gordon, Jesus Cabrera Photo by Rebecca Lorrine
John Norris, Terry Norris, 2013 Dallas Spring Party
John Norris, Terry Norris Photo by Rebecca Lorrine
Kay Bailey Hutchison, Bob Thornton, Sammye Myers, Trisha Wilson, Mike Myers, 2013 Dallas Spring Party
Kay Bailey Hutchison, Bob Thornton, Sammye Myers, Trisha Wilson, Mike Myers Photo by Rebecca Lorrine
Peter Hillary, Laura Huffman, Wayne Sanders, 2013 Dallas Spring Party
Peter Hillary, Laura Huffman, Wayne Sanders Photo by Rebecca Lorrine
Vera Thornton, Peter Hillary, Bob Thornton, 2103 Dallas Spring Party
Vera Thornton, Peter Hillary, Bob Thornton Photo by Rebecca Lorrine
Donald Huffines, Mary Catherine Huffines and Family, 2013 Dallas Spring Party
Donald Huffines and Mary Catherine Huffines with family.  Photo by Rebecca Lorrine
Harl Asaff, Jim Asaff, Diane Eichenbaum, Jessica Asaff, James Harl Asaff, Dedie Leahy Turner, 2013 Dallas Spring Party
Harl Asaff, Jim Asaff, Diane Echenbaum, Jessica Asaff, James Harl Asaff, Dedie Leahy Turner Photo by Rebecca Lorrine
Bob Thornton, Janet & Chuck Jarvie, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Peter Hillary, 2013 Dallas Spring Party
Robert Bennett, Lori Green, Kay Lunceford, 2013 Dallas Spring Party
Abe Studer, Chalmers Ward, Peter Hillary, Kay Lunceford, Gene Lunceford, 2013 Dallas Spring Party
Irwin Gordon, Patricia Cabrera, Pierrette Gordon, Jesus Cabrera, 2013 Dallas Spring Party
John Norris, Terry Norris, 2013 Dallas Spring Party
Kay Bailey Hutchison, Bob Thornton, Sammye Myers, Trisha Wilson, Mike Myers, 2013 Dallas Spring Party
Peter Hillary, Laura Huffman, Wayne Sanders, 2013 Dallas Spring Party
Vera Thornton, Peter Hillary, Bob Thornton, 2103 Dallas Spring Party
Donald Huffines, Mary Catherine Huffines and Family, 2013 Dallas Spring Party
Harl Asaff, Jim Asaff, Diane Eichenbaum, Jessica Asaff, James Harl Asaff, Dedie Leahy Turner, 2013 Dallas Spring Party

It's no surprise the Nature Conservancy of Texas (TNC) chose to celebrate its annual spring party at the flower-filled Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. The Ginsburg Plaza set an elegant scene for the more than 300 guests who joined TNC staff from around the state.  

Befitting the theme "For People of Courage and Action, All Things Are Possible," the featured speaker was adventurer Peter Hillary, son of the late Sir Edmund Hillary, who was the first to summit Mount Everest.

Hillary, who supports the Himalayan Trust and serves as executive director of the Australian Himalayan Foundation, showed clips of his own Everest ascent. He also presented his documentary, Beyond the Edge, which explores his father's epic journey alongside Tenzing Norgay back in May 1953. It was the first time the film was shown publicly.

Later, TNC Texas state director Lara Huffman spoke about the Texas Legislature's passing a package of bills that includes a $2 billion investment in a water plan, funding for water conservation, and guidelines to assure the investment is well-spent. 

Among the nature lovers on the scene: Vera and Bob Thornton, Lori Green, Wayne Sanders, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Trisha Wilson, Janet and Chuck Jarvie, and Abe Studer.