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Save Our Springs Mermaid Gala

May 18 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$120.00

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Saturday, May 18, 2019
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA AUSTIN CARY CENTER

The Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute and Visit Gainesville / Alachua County, FL invite you to the second annual Save Our Springs Mermaid Gala.  Join us for dinner, drinks, music, and…mermaids! That’s right – this year we will be featuring mermaids in tanks courtesy of Florida Merfolk!

This is Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute biggest fundraising event of the year and we would love for you to join us for what is sure to be an unforgettable evening in support of Florida’s springs and the protection of Florida’s freshwater resources!

MERMAID GALA PROGRAM

Upon arrival at the Mermaid Gala, guests will be greeted by live mermaids performing an underwater show and posing for photos. Once inside the UF Austin Carey Center, guests will be submerged in an underwater wonderland that celebrates the historic and ecological importance of Florida’s freshwater springs. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour featuring drinks; passed hors d’oeuvres; and an opportunity to browse the silent auction featuring local businesses, artists, and excursions. Guests will also be invited to take in the sights of the surrounding forest on the outside back deck.

Following the cocktail hour, guests will be invited to the main dining room where a buffet dinner will be served. Following dinner, a short program will take place, including a special address by award-winning environmental journalist, Cynthia Barnett, and the announcement of the 2019 Springs Steward awards. The evening will conclude with the unveiling of the architectural designs for the proposed Silver Springs Environmental Center.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

“Nature as Truth in a Post-Truth World”

Cynthia Barnett is an award-winning environmental journalist who has reported on water and climate change around the world. Her latest book is Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, longlisted for the National Book Award and a finalist for the 2016 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.

Ms. Barnett is also the author of Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis, which articulates a water ethic for America. Blue Revolution was named by The Boston Globe as one of the top 10 science books of 2011. The Globe describes Ms. Barnett’s author persona as “part journalist, part mom, part historian, and part optimist.” The Los Angeles Times writes that she “takes us back to the origins of our water in much the same way, with much the same vividness and compassion as Michael Pollan led us from our kitchens to potato fields and feed lots of modern agribusiness.”

Her first book, Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S. won the gold medal for best nonfiction in the Florida Book Awards and was named by The St. Petersburg Times as one of the top 10 books that every Floridian should read. “In the days before the Internet,” the Times said in a review, “books like Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ River of Grass were groundbreaking calls to action that made citizens and politicians take notice. Mirage is such a book.” 

Ms. Barnett has written for National Geographic magazine, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, Discover magazine, Salon, Politico, Orion, Ensia and many other publications. Her numerous journalism awards include a national Sigma Delta Chi prize for investigative magazine reporting and eight Green Eyeshades, which recognize outstanding journalism in 11 southeastern states. 

She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and master’s in American history with a specialization in environmental history, and was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, where she spent a year studying freshwater. Ms. Barnett teaches environmental journalism and nature and adventure writing at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications in Gainesville, where she lives with her husband and children.

2019 MERMAID GALA SPONSOR

BECOME A SPONSOR

Support our springs by becoming a table sponsor for this event. 

For $1,200, sponsors receive:

    • A private table with eight guest tickets to the event,
    • A commemorative John Moran framed print, and
    • Recognition as a sponsor in all event coverage.

Contact Melissa Redon at MRedon@FloridaSpringsInstitute.org to reserve your sponsorship package today!

NEARBY ACCOMMODATIONS

Best Western Waldo Inn & Suites
17230 NE US HWY 301, Waldo, FL 32694
(352) 468-2500
Hotel Website
Best Western Gateway Grand Gainesville
4200 NW 97th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606
(352) 331-3336
Hotel Website  
Hampton Inn & Suites Gainesville-Downtown
101 SE 1st Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 240-9300
Hotel Website 
Hilton University of Florida
1714 SW 34th Street, Gainesville, FL 32607
352-371-3600
Hotel Website
Holiday Inn University Center Gainesville
1250 W University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601
352-376-1661
Hotel Website
Magnolia Plantation Bed and Breakfast Inn
309 SE 7th Street, Gainesville, FL 32601
352-375-6653
Hotel Website
 SWEETWATER BRANCH INN
625 E UNIVERSITY AVENUE, GAINESVILLE, FL 32601
(352) 373-6760
HOTEL WEBSITE

TICKETS

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Details

Date:
May 18
Time:
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
$120.00
Website:
https://floridaspringsinstitute.org/mermaidgala/

Organizer

Florida Springs Institute
Phone:
(386) 454-9369
Email:
info@floridaspringsinstitute.org
Website:
www.floridaspringsinstitute.org

Venue

UF Austin Cary Center
10625 NE Waldo Rd
Gainesville, FL 32609 United States
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Website:
http://sfrc.ufl.edu/forestcampus/

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