A Conservation Celebration

We had a great time at this year’s Conservation Celebration at Gideon Ridge Inn, raising more than $22,000 dollars in support of CTNC’s work. That’s more than double what was raised in 2021! This year, we also had more than 29 total event sponsors, the largest number of event sponsors we’ve had!

The owners of the beautiful Gideon Ridge Inn, Cobb and Cindy Milner, generously donated the food and beverage, staff time, and the use of their inn for this year’s fundraiser. As always, they were amazing hosts and we appreciate their time and effort to make this event memorable.

We were so very fortunate to have CTNC President, Brandon Robinson, and CTNC Executive Director, Chris Canfield, share with us an update on CTNC’s work and how the money raised during the event supports it. Proceeds from the celebration will help us continue our work to build resilient communities here in North Carolina.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for your support and we hope to see you all next year!

A special note of appreciation to this year’s sponsors – we couldn’t do this work without your support.

2022 Conservation Celebration Sponsors!

Patron Sponsors
Jo Scott Dorsett
Cobb & Cindy Milner
Tom & Susan Ross
Julia Truelove
Joe & Tina Vrabel
John & Ashley Wilson

Host Sponsors
Chip Anderson
Anna Neal Blanchard
Philip & Langley Borneman
Dodd Haynes & Clara Martinez Haynes
Ray Owens & Sally Higgins
Megg & Robert Rader
Kelley Russell
John & Marguerite Stanback
Walter & Jean Wilkinson

Supporter Sponsors
Kathy Hamilton Gore & Lucian Stamper
Juliana Henderson
Mark Kirkpatrick & Debbie Arnold
Hamp & Katty Lefler
Bill & Cindy Leslie
Mozine Lowe
Pat Mauldin
Margaret J. Newbold and Liz Watson
Alton Perry
Marc Rudow & Deborah Miles
Lisa & Aidan Waite
William & Judy Watson

Climate Stories NC Screening a Success at the Rialto

Conservation Trust for North Carolina partnered with Climate Stories NC for a special viewing, discussion and dessert with Director David Salvesen, PhD. The event highlighted local and regional voices impacted by our changing climate, showcasing how land conservation efforts can ensure a greater quality of life for all people and wildlife of North Carolina. Help us save the places you love.

Climate Stories NC is a series of short videos capturing the voices of North Carolinians who are impacted by the changing climate. Watch the videos here.

A special thank you to our Host Committee:

Megg and Robert Rader
Kelley and John Russell
John and Ashley Wilson
Carole and Rick Marcotte
Bob and Louise Orr
John and Margaret Ann Gonella
Brandon A. Robinson
John and Megan Stanback

See all the event photos on CTNC’s Facebook page!

The Climate Stories NC screening was the first in a series of spring and summer events. CTNC has arranged exclusive opportunities to hike on protected lands and we hope you’ll join us.

Climate Stories NC was made possible by the Institute for the Environment at UNC with generous support from the Z Smith Reynolds Foundation.  

John Hart Captivates at the Meadow Society Reception

New York Times bestselling author and Salisbury, NC native John Hart spoke of his love for the outdoors at our Meadow Society Reception on May 14th. John captivated the audience by sharing his childhood story of the loss of his family’s farm and how it shaped his love of land and passion for conservation.  He had spent countless hours as a boy roaming the 472-acre farm in Rowan County.  His message underscored the importance of conserving land before it is developed, because “once natural lands are gone, they’re not coming back.”

Good friends of CTNC, Josephine and Stuart Dorsett, hosted the event in their Raleigh home and gardens. Each year CTNC’s steadfast and generous donors gather for fellowship and to hear about CTNC’s latest work to advance conservation throughout NC.

This event also marked the beginning of our 25th-anniversary celebration, with a focus on what conservation can achieve in the next 25 years.

“We see a North Carolina 25 years from now where conserved lands provide every person with safe drinking water, clean air, healthy local foods, and a favorite outdoor place to recreate and restore,” said executive director Reid Wilson in his remarks. “To achieve this vision, we’re setting clear goals for the next 25 years.  We plan to ramp up over the next three years so that we double our impact throughout North Carolina.”

Many thanks to Mel Lewis of Audio Advice, FoodFWD, OrganicAMI, and Plates Neighborhood Kitchen for their partnership. This event was waste-free and plastic-free, and we collected food residuals for re-use.