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Honoring Betty Osceola: 2024 Marjory Stoneman Douglas Defender of the Everglades awardee

Betty Osceola, a proud member of the Panther Clan of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, receiving the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Defender of the Everglades Award from Friends of the Everglades Board President, Phil Kushlan. 2024. Each year, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Defender of the Everglades award honors an individual who demonstrates outstanding dedication to the mission of Friends of the Everglades to preserve, protect and restore the unique Everglades ecosystem. This accolade celebrates efforts of the recipient that go above and beyond to advance Everglades restoration, while also recognizing their embodiment of the enduring ethos of our organization’s visionary founder, Marjory Stoneman Douglas. This year we honored Betty Osceola, a proud member of the Panther Clan [...]

VIDEO: Relive the energy of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Legacy Celebration!

More than 250 people gathered at The Biltmore in Miami to join Friends of the Everglades at our 3rd Marjory Stoneman Douglas Legacy Celebration. With the event’s theme — “Be a Voice of the Everglades” — resonating through the afternoon, attendees were left inspired and energized by the words of influential speakers including Carl Hiaasen, Betty Osceola and Houston Cypress. Betty implored the audience to “Listen to the water, the air and the trees” while Carl emphasized the importance of remaining proactive, stating “Stay pissed off.” Houston poeticized a profound message, urging us to recognize that “Every step is a prayer.” We are grateful for voices like Carl, Betty and Houston, that serve as a reminder of the collective [...]

2024 Marjory Stoneman Douglas Legacy Celebration Highlights

Thank you for joining us at our 3rd Marjory Stoneman Douglas Legacy Celebration at The Biltmore in Miami! As we sat among friends who share a deep desire to see the Everglades persevere, Betty Osceola implored us to “listen to the water,” and Carl Hiaasen reminded us to “stay angry” as we fight to protect the iconic ecosystem that brought us all together. Evoking tenacity and dedication in keeping with the spirit of Friends of the Everglades founder Marjory Stoneman Douglas, they reminded us of our personal responsibility to honor the land by ensuring its vitality for generations to come.  It was truly inspiring to gather with so many people dedicated to the cause. We invite you to relive [...]

2024-03-08T15:27:25-05:00March 7th, 2024|All Posts, Marjory Stoneman Douglas|

Marjory’s Circle Member Spotlight: Meet Camila Quaresma-Sharp

Marjory’s Circle is a special giving society that sustains the legacy of our spirited founder, Marjory Stoneman Douglas. The group that emerged hails from across the country and is connected by a desire to see the Everglades protected and preserved. https://youtu.be/PZrNBSMSSC0 Meet Camila Quaresma-Sharp Name: Camila Quaresma-Sharp Location: Miami Beach, FL Member since: June 2020 Originally from Brazil, longtime Friends of the Everglades board member Camila Quaresma-Sharp is a dynamic and determined voice for the Everglades who has called South Florida home for 30 years. The nonstop growth in the bustling community of Miami where she resides provides a stark contrast to the peace and natural balance she finds when visiting the Everglades. During a walk along Anhinga Trail in [...]

2023-11-30T11:19:30-05:00December 14th, 2023|Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Marjory's Circle|

Happy birthday, Majory Stoneman Douglas

Happy birthday, Marjory Stoneman Douglas!  Our spirited founder was born on this day in 1890, 133 years ago.  Marjory deepened human connection with the Everglades through her seminal book The Everglades: River of Grass, which was published in 1947, the same year Everglades National Park was founded. Her efforts to preserve, protect, and restore the only Everglades in the world continue through Friends of the Everglades, which she founded in 1969 at the age of 79 — proving it’s never too late to leave a positive mark on the world!  Marjory wore many hats, literally and figuratively, and her impacts on this beloved, unique ecosystem endure, which is why her birthday is still worth celebrating! April 7 is officially [...]

2023-04-05T11:16:37-04:00April 7th, 2023|Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Marjory's Circle|

Friends of the Everglades joins Hulu at SXSW: Bridging the Gender Gap in Public Art

Bridging the Gender Gap in Public Art panelists (from left) Brenda Berkman, of Monumental Women, Saya Woolfalk, artist, Eve Samples, Executive Director of Friends of the Everglades, and Vivi Nguyen, of Hulu. Friends of the Everglades is thrilled to be part of an exciting initiative, sponsored by Hulu, honoring the lives and spirits of three visionary women who made history. Of roughly 5,200 monuments in this country, fewer than 400 are dedicated to women. That imbalance inspired the video-streaming company Hulu to create three new public monuments — including one dedicated to Friends of the Everglades founder Marjory Stoneman Douglas. The Made By Her: Monumental Women initiative, which honors the contributions to society made by Marjory Stoneman [...]

2023-03-17T15:16:26-04:00March 17th, 2023|All Posts, Marjory Stoneman Douglas|

Marjory’s Circle Member Spotlight: Meet David Marshall and Teri Garcia-Marshall

Marjory’s Circle launched in 2020 to sustain the legacy of our spirited founder, Marjory Stoneman Douglas. The group that emerged hails from all over, possessing different backgrounds and motivations, but is connected by a desire to see the Everglades protected and preserved. Meet David & Teri Name: David Marshall and Teri Garcia-Marshall Location: Miami, FL/Naples, FL Marjory’s Circle Members since: 2022 (David) and 2023 (Teri) David and Teri are longtime residents of Florida. They split time between homes on the east and west coasts, in Miami and Naples, a frequent trip that leads them by way of Alligator Alley through the heart of Florida’s Everglades. Both exude praise and appreciation for the one-of-a-kind ecosystem — expressing awe for the [...]

2023-03-09T09:28:31-05:00March 9th, 2023|Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Marjory's Circle|

A Conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning author, Jack E. Davis

Dr. Jack E. Davis is a professor of history at the University of Florida, and the Rothman Family Chair in the Humanities specializing in environmental history and sustainability studies. He is the author or editor of 10 books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea. Friends of the Everglades had the opportunity to host a live conversation with Jack during our Marjory Stoneman Douglas Legacy Luncheon on December 5, 2022, at the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove. The conversation was especially meaningful as Jack is well-versed in the life and work of Friends of the Everglades founder, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, having written a 730-page biography about her more than a decade ago.  Jack is [...]

2022-12-19T09:03:33-05:00December 19th, 2022|Clean Water Conversations, Marjory Stoneman Douglas|

Honoring Tom Van Lent: 2022 recipient of our Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Everglades Restoration award

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Everglades Restoration award acknowledges contributions to science-based solutions that drive forward the central mission of Friends of the Everglades: to preserve, protect and restore the only Everglades in the world.  No person has brought about more recent advancements in Everglades-restoration science than Dr. Thomas Van Lent. Tom built a science program that provides a credible basis for advocacy — one that the entire Everglades community has leaned on as guidance for action — and has been directly involved in nearly every major Everglades issue for the past two decades, from water-quality litigation to Everglades restoration projects. Friends of the Everglades board member Alan Farago said it best when presenting Tom [...]

2022-12-08T15:30:09-05:00December 8th, 2022|Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Science-driven solutions|

Honoring Theodora Long: 2022 recipient of our Defender of the Everglades award

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Defender of the Everglades award is presented annually to a person with exemplary commitment to Friends of the Everglades’ mission to preserve, protect and restore the only Everglades in the world. This award acknowledges the recipient's significant contributions to the world of Everglades restoration and highlights someone who embodies the spirit of our founder, Marjory Stoneman Douglas. This year we honored Theodora Long. A respected and dedicated environmentalist, Theo serves as the Executive Director of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center — a nonprofit organization that shares heritage with Friends of the Everglades in that it was founded by Marjory Stoneman Douglas in 1969.  Theo’s esteemed stewardship was fostered in part by a longstanding [...]

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