Event will honor individuals in Public, Private and Non-profit sectors
WHAT: The Bayou Preservation Association’s 2019 Terry Hershey Bayou Stewardship Award Luncheon is set for May 21 at the Junior League of Houston. The prestigious award, named for the late Terry Hershey, honors individuals for their outstanding commitment to aiding in the conservation, preservation, restoration or advocacy of Houston’s waterways. This is the ninth year for the awards luncheon.
The Bayou Preservation Association is proud to honor the 2019 awardees, including Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston (Public Sector); Kevin Shanley, President of SWA Group and former Bayou Preservation Association chairman (Private Sector) and Jackie Young, founder of Texas Health and Environment Alliance (Non-profit Sector). The Honorable Ed Emmett will receive a special recognition award.
Funds raised through the luncheon will support the Bayou Preservation Association’s mission: to Celebrate, Protect and Restore the natural richness of all our bayous and streams. Our ongoing programs include stream corridor restoration, citizen science water quality, trash-free bayous, and bayou appreciation. These help ensure that our bayous are clean, healthy, and accessible for all to enjoy.
WHO: Mayor Sylvester Turner is committed to Houston’s sustainability and resiliency and has taken significant action to restore and protect the region’s waterways. Initiatives to this end include appointing a Chief Resilience Officer, creating a recovery office after Hurricane Harvey, promoting the Adopt-A-Drain program, leading the way for Houston to join the 100 Resilient Cities Global Network and calling for a Climate Action Plan.
As principal of the global landscape architecture firm, SWA Group, and a former Bayou Preservation Association Board Chair, Kevin Shanley has helped transform public opinion about the region’s bayous through award-winning bayou park designs and successful advocacy with public agencies and elected officials.
Jackie Young is founder of the nonprofit Texas Health and Environment Alliance, created to protect water resources and safeguard public health from the harmful effects of toxic waste. Her advocacy with the San Jacinto River Coalition dramatically impacted the Superfund process for the San Jacinto River Waste Pits, resulting in the EPA’s commitment to fully remediate the toxic site along the San Jacinto River.
The Honorable Ed Emmett is being recognized for his years of service as Harris County Judge, his commitment to the health of local bayous and waterways, and his support of Bayou Preservation Association. After managing Harris County for 11 years, he is now teaching at Rice University.
Bayou Preservation Association board member Merrie Talley is chairing the Terry Hershey Bayou Stewardship Award luncheon.
WHERE: The Junior League of Houston
1811 Briar Oaks Ln., Houston, 77027
WHEN: Tuesday, May 21 at 11:30 a.m.
TARIFF: Sponsorship opportunities for the luncheon are available from $2,000 to $15,000. Individual tickets start at $225. For more information go to bayoupreservation.org. For tickets, go to: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/2019luncheon
About the Bayou Preservation Association
The mission of the Bayou Preservation Association is to celebrate, protect and restore the natural richness of all our bayous and streams, with a vision of a network of healthy bayous, streams and watersheds. It works to Increase understanding of area bayous and creeks and their watersheds by providing educational programs and opportunities, activities and events to engage all the region’s demographics. Bayou Preservation Association also strives to expand stewardship and stewardship opportunities to improve the health of our watersheds, creeks, and bayous. For information, go to bayoupreservation.org or call 713-529-6443.