2017-03-16 / Outdoors

Conservancy’s ‘Magic’ raises $1.2 million


Ken Krier, Conservancy of Southwest Florida board chair, address the sold-out “Magic” crowd under a tent on the grounds of the organization off Goodlette-Frank Road. 
REAGAN RULE / COURTESY PHOTOS Ken Krier, Conservancy of Southwest Florida board chair, address the sold-out “Magic” crowd under a tent on the grounds of the organization off Goodlette-Frank Road. REAGAN RULE / COURTESY PHOTOS The Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s 13th annual Magic Under the Mangroves gala dinner and auction fundraiser raised $1.2 million to support the Conservancy’s mission to protect the region’s water, land, wildlife and future.

“The funds raised from Magic will enable our biologists, policy advocates, education team and wildlife rehabilitation staff to continue their important work that will influence Southwest Florida for years to come,” said Rob Moher, Conservancy president and CEO.

This year’s presenting sponsors were Northern Trust and William Raveis Real Estate. Carol Dinardo, the proprietor of Washington, D.C.,-based Windows Catering chaired the evening that was set to theme “Flock to Magic for a Bird’s Eye View.” The Windows culinary team spent several months researching and developing the menu and overall gastronomic experience. Members of the team, as well as captains, bartenders and waiters, traveled to Naples in advance to ensure a successful event down to the smallest detail.


Conservancy CEO Rob Moher with Carol Dinardo and Henry Dinardo. Mrs. Dinardo chaired this year’s “Magic Under the Mangroves” gala. See more photos on page C29. Conservancy CEO Rob Moher with Carol Dinardo and Henry Dinardo. Mrs. Dinardo chaired this year’s “Magic Under the Mangroves” gala. See more photos on page C29. In addition to Northern Trust and William Raveis Real Estate as the presenting sponsors, supporting sponsors of the 2017 Magic Under the Mangroves included AVMedia, Germain BMW, Gulfshore Life, Florida Weekly, NBC-2 and the Naples Daily News.

About the Conservancy

For 50 years, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida has focused on the issues impacting the water, land, wildlife and future of Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Conservancy accomplishes this mission through the combined efforts of its experts in the areas of environmental science, policy, education and wildlife rehabilitation. The world-class nature center and von Arx Wildlife Hospital are headquartered in Naples at 1495 Smith Preserve Way, south of The Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road.

For more information, visit www.conservancy.org. ¦

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