SOURCE: Charles River Conservancy

June 13, 2005 07:45 ET

"Power of the Parklands" Will Be Theme of Harvard's David Gergen at Charles River Conservancy's 5th Anniversary Celebration

CAMBRIDGE, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 13, 2005 -- With the sponsorship of scores of civic and government officials and leading businesses and institutions, the Charles River Conservancy will celebrate its 5th Anniversary with a gala luncheon and recognition event at the State Room at 60 State Street on June 17th. A reception is scheduled for 12:00 noon, with luncheon and program to follow from 12:30 to 1:30 pm.

Keynote speaker David Gergen will highlight the achievements of the Conservancy, a citizen advocacy and service organization that only 5 years after its founding is having a significant impact on the maintenance and development of the Parklands. Mr. Gergen will be available for interviews from 11:45 am to 12:15 pm prior to the reception.

Gergen, a former presidential advisor and noted political commentator, will speak to the personal, social and economic benefits of the Parklands, the 500 acres of parks, greenspace and wetlands flanking the Charles River from Boston Harbor to the Watertown Dam. The Parklands and its dependent parkways and greenspaces define much of Metropolitan Boston.

Event honorees will include Paul Grogan, recipient of the first Helen Storrow Visionary Award. Grogan, president of the Boston Foundation, will be recognized for his organization's support of the Conservancy's Service Learning education program.

Through hands-on learning opportunities, school-age students from throughout the metropolitan area are introduced to good environmental practices in the Charles River Parklands.

Artist Nancy Schön, famed for her "Make Way For Ducklings" sculpture in the Boston Public Garden, will be honored with the Charles Eliot Stewardship Award. Schön has championed the Conservancy's efforts to build a world-class skatepark under the Zakim-Bunker Hill Bridge, helping to raise over $650,000 in the effort.

Ted O'Brien, founding news director of Public Radio station WBUR and a news broadcast anchorman at WHDH will serve as master of ceremonies.

The Charles River Conservancy is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to Parklands improvement. Its staff of volunteer and event coordinators works from its headquarters in the EF building adjacent to the NorthPoint area of the Parklands.

For event tickets (working press only) and more information, contact the Conservancy's Noah Stockman at (617) 619-2850 or log on to See "Press" for pre-event pictures.

Contact Information

  • Press Contact:
    Noah Stockman
    Charles River Conservancy
    (617) 619-2850