Stories from the Field

A Record-Breaking Evening on the Lake!

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On October 6 at the Amazon Meeting Center in Seattle, over 200 guests and supporters gathered for our annual Pacific Northwest event, Evening on the Lake, benefiting our beautiful Olympic campus.

The festivities began with a bustling cocktail and activity hour that include a screening of "Wild Hope: The Beautiful Undammed," a new PBS documentary about the largest dam removal in history on the Elwha River. Following the screening, guests had the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with film subjects Allyce Miller, Vanessa Castle and NatureBridge Olympic board member Kim Sager-Fradkin. 

Editor’s note: You can watch “Wild Hope: The Beautiful Undammed” here. For even more information on the Elwha River and the return of the salmon following dam removal, check out this Seattle Times article written by NatureBridge supporter Lynda Mapes.

Speakers on stage at the film screening breakout sessionKim Sager-Fradkin, Allyce Miller and Vanessa Castle on stage during the Q&A in the breakout room.

Guests then gathered for dinner and the evening’s main program, which included activities and messages from emcee DawnMarie Kotsonis, Olympic Campus Director Jen Kidder, NatureBridge President and CEO Phil Kilbridge, Olympic educators Cheyenne Palmo and Megan Jackson, licensed psychologist Dr. Jordan Thayer and Olympic educator Maddie McLean. Each speaker in turn illustrated how NatureBridge programs have played a role in the development of thousands of young people, unlocking students’ love for nature and facilitating meaningful connections to the people and world around them.

During the paddle raise, over 170 guests pledged their public support of NatureBridge programs, staff and students. Long-time NatureBridge champion Sharon Coleman announced that she would be matching all $1,000 gifts up to $50,000 in honor of her dear friend and NatureBridge Olympic board member Diane Undi-Haga. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and guests, this year’s Evening on the Lake raised a record-breaking $345,000!

We’d like to express our gratitude to everyone who made this evening such a success: our Olympic board members, our event planning committee, our staff and environmental educators, our student alumni and their families, our sponsors and our guests. Thank you, and we hope to see you again next year at Evening on the Lake!

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