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Party with a Purpose at the Rock Creek Gala

Rock Creek Conservancy Gala celebrates volunteerism, partnership, and Rock Creek Park

You're invited to the Rock Creek Gala!
WASHINGTON, DC (September 13, 2017) - On October 14, 2017, Rock Creek Conservancy will host 350 friends of Rock Creek at the Rock Creek Gala. This year the gala will be held at the elegant Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. Gala attendees will taste delicious food and drink from local favorites like Bakers & Baristas and One Eight Distilling while celebrating with a community of people dedicated to the restoration of Rock Creek and its parklands. To add excitement to the evening, guests can enjoy bidding on unique auction items that will take them on adventures near and far, including a rafting trip to Desolation Canyon, Utah, and exploring Virginia’s wine country.

Click here to buy tickets, sponsor the gala, or learn more about the silent auction.

This year’s gala will focus on volunteerism and partnership. The Conservancy is thrilled to announce special guest, Julia Washburn, superintendent of Rock Creek Park NPS. Attendees will witness the historic signing of the Friends Group Agreement between Rock Creek Conservancy and Rock Creek Park. Washburn will also be presenting two dedicated volunteers with the Regional George B. Hartzog Volunteer Award for Enduring Service.

Rock Creek Conservancy is an essential partner to the National Park Service, supplying 42% of Rock Creek Park’s volunteers in 2016 and providing funding for park restoration projects. With limited federal funding, partnerships, like the one between Rock Creek Conservancy and Rock Creek Park, are more important than ever. This gala celebrates and supports that partnership.

“Our volunteers and partners are essential. We absolutely could not function without their commitment to Rock Creek and their local environment.That is why we are celebrating them on October 14th,” stated Matt Fleischer, Executive Director of Rock Creek Conservancy. He continued, “When we work together, we can ensure that this important natural resource will be around for all people to enjoy for generations to come.”

All proceeds from this event will go to support advocacy, volunteer, restoration, and youth programming designed to restore Rock Creek and its parklands for all people to appreciate and protect.

Can't make it to the Gala? You can still have an impact on your local environment by donating or volunteering!