More than 100 supporters joined Davidson Lands Conservancy for its annual Conservation Celebration at the Hurt Hub on January 6 to observe DLC’s 2023 annual meeting and applaud the year’s many achievements. Attendees enjoyed food and drink while Mike Orlando and Gene McIntosh provided live music. Local merchants and artisans provided door prizes for the raffle, including prizes from Main Street Books, Dearness Gardens, Melissa Reddick, Tom Shandley, Gordon Clark, Elizabeth Harris, Ed Harris, John Griffith, Mark Stanback, and Mike Newell.

The annual meeting was led by President Ed Harris who honored Executive Director Dave Cable, who will retire in 2024. Ed highlighted some of Dave’s contributions to DLC and shared Dave’s plan to continue his service as a volunteer. Ed spoke with passion about his own love of, and dedication to the Conservancy’s work.

Governance Chair Tom Shandley presented nominations for the Board, including second term appointments of himself and John Griffith. Both were approved unanimously.

John Griffith updated folks on the Now & Forever Campaign, the Conservancy’s capital drive to secure high impact and sustainability, saying, “We have made impressive fundraising progress over the past year and are approaching our goal. Additional support from individuals and corporations in the coming months will take us to—and through!—our campaign goal.”

John also announced the Sustainers Society, to recognize supporters who ensure the Conservancy’s impact through their continued commitment year-to-year.

Dave Cable briefly discussed his retirement and expressed deep appreciation for DLC’s many community supporters and volunteers. Dave recognized key contributors, including Trane Technologies, designated as Corporate Partner of the Year. Davidson College, represented by Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty Shelley Rigger, was presented with DLC’s Outstanding Community Partner Award. Ty Cryan, DLC Board member and Davidson College senior, was awarded DLC’s 2023 Volunteer of the Year. Longtime volunteer Sterling Martin was surprised to be honored with a Lifetime Achievement award.

“What an inspirational evening!” said supporter, Andrea Oliver. “I immediately wanted to plant a tree. Not only was it such an enjoyable night, but I am so moved by the passion and efforts of the staff and supporters of DLC.  Both my husband and I cannot wait to commit more to conservation efforts in the coming year.”

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