Every Dallas socialite would agree that when a nonprofit brings something new to the table, a celebration is an order. To honor its new young professionals group, Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) held a celebratory dinner at Old Parkland, the historic complex recently renovated by Trammell Crow.
Since 1991, TPWF has been raising private funds to help manage Texas' natural resources. Now that young adults ages 40 and under have been added to the philanthropic mix, the organization can rest easy knowing that its future success is in good hands.
New devotees joined conservation leaders to hear TPWF staffers share insights on wildlife and natural resources. Texas Wildlife and Parks Department executive director Carter Smith, Texas Park and Wildlife Commission vice chairman Ralph Duggins, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation chairman Kelly Thompson offered tips on how to become proactive in fixing these problems.
Upcoming projects include the Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle Conservation Project, Sabine Lake Oyster Reef Restoration, Pronghorn Restoration in the Trans-Pecos, and Habitat Management for Northern Bobwhite and Grassland Birds.
"Resources for these conservation projects are necessarily limited," said Anne Brown, TPWF executive director. "Working together with the young professionals, we can leverage public funds with private philanthropy to ensure the continued success and expansion of successful Texas conservation projects."
Among the gents on the scene were young professional advisory council members Mac MacFarlan, Murrey McKee, Josh McKee, Reece Norris, Matt Rooker, Harlan Ray and Chris Landers, as well as Southern belles Lindsey Nixon, Ann Montgomery, Hendrika Rhoad, Devin Cook and Sophie Crommett.
Those interested in joining can sign up online.