On Saturday 31 May 2014 the Conservation Council ACT Region once again hosted its annual World Environment Day Dinner. The spectacular setting this year was the National Arboretum where about 250 guests enjoyed the magnificent setting and views over Canberra.
As our major fundraising activity the annual dinner has become a regular event on the Canberra calendar and this year was again voted a great success. The dinner started with champagne and canapés, and continued with a delicious three course meal of seasonal and local produce prepared by regional food hero Janet Jeffs and her team from Ginger Catering. Professor David Lindenmayer, a passionate advocate for landscape ecology and conservation science for over 30 years, gave an inspirational address. Our fundraising auction included a range of donated gifts including a gorgeous quilt made by our Board Secretary Christine Goonrey.
Many guests thought the venue was the best yet and most enjoyed the food and music provided by Shortis and Simpson. The evening raised over $20,000 for our work in the ACT and region, making it the largest in both number of participants and amount raised for a single Conservation Council fundraising event.
As always, we relied on the generous support of our staff and volunteers in organising the event as well as working at front of house and behind the scenes in the kitchen. We’ve now completed an evaluation so that we can make next year’s event even better! Some suggestions are to have more time for mingling and conversation (it’s a wonderful opportunity for people working to protect the environment and promote sustainable development to come together to celebrate our achievements – and just catch up). Better table seating arrangements, a larger screen for presentations and some changes to the auction are other suggestions we’ll take on board for planning the dinner next year. Save the date now – Saturday 30 May 2015. We look forward to seeing you there.