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2nd Annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Legacy Luncheon Highlights

Thanks to those who joined us, our second annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Legacy Luncheon on December 5, 2022, at the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove! “It is good people who make good places,” novelist Anna Sewell once said, and your presence boosted our spirits and strengthened our resolve. We invite you to enjoy some photo highlights from the event below. [...]

2022-12-07T14:48:04-05:00December 7th, 2022|Marjory Stoneman Douglas|

75 Years of Everglades National Park

The river of grass stretches out over Miccosukee lands north of Tamiami Trail. 75 Years of Everglades National Park"There are no other Everglades in the world. They are, they have always been, one of the unique regions of the earth, remote, never wholly known. Nothing anywhere else is like them: their vast glittering openness, wider than the enormous visible round of the horizon, the racing free saltness and sweetness of their massive winds, under the dazzling blue heights of space. They are unique also in the simplicity, the diversity, the related harmony of the forms of life they enclose. The miracle of the light pours over the green and brown expanse of saw grass and of water, shining and [...]

Marjory’s Circle Member Spotlight: Meet Annie Potts

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 Annie Potts Name: Annie Potts Location: Palm City, FL Member since: December 2021 As a long-time supporter of historic lighthouse restoration in the Bahamas, Annie Potts is no stranger to the tenacious work required of preservation efforts or the impact that individuals can make when they join forces. Born in New York, Annie has lived in Palm City for more than 30 years. The secluded little peninsula she calls home juts into the south fork of [...]

2023-02-07T15:52:03-05:00October 13th, 2022|Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Marjory's Circle|

On Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ birthday, your support empowers our resilience

Today is Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ birthday, and we find ourselves contemplating the pursuits she championed as we try to see the challenges of today through our founder’s eyes. No doubt there’s been progress, but amid the salient victories, Florida’s wild spaces remain under grave attack. The Florida’s Legislature too often works to undercut environmental protections. Glades community residents deserve real protection from the environmental injustice of sugarcane burning. We still face an uphill battle against greed, corruption and bad politics more than two decades after Marjory’s death. If Marjory were around today, we think she’d be furious. We are also absolutely certain that despite this, she wouldn’t give up. In fact, it was part of her legacy to draw from [...]

2022-04-06T11:02:22-04:00April 7th, 2022|All Posts, Marjory Stoneman Douglas|

Honoring Connie Washburn: 2021 recipient of the “Defender of the Everglades” Award

Each year, Friends of the Everglades recognizes a person whose commitment to our mission to preserve, protect and restore the only Everglades in the world stands out among the rest. Not only is this award meant to acknowledge their significant contribution to the world of Everglades restoration, but it also highlights someone who embodies the spirit of our founder, Marjory Stoneman Douglas. This year’s choice is no exception. Connie Washburn has served as a member of the Board of Directors and a tireless advocate for Friends of the Everglades since 1994. Since then, she has fulfilled every supporting role possible within our organization and is always the first to volunteer for any committee or project. We have Connie to thank [...]

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Legacy Luncheon Highlights

Thanks to those who joined us, our first-ever Marjory Stoneman Douglas Legacy Luncheon on November 3, 2021, at The Ritz-Carlton in Naples was a smashing success! Our work honoring the legacy of Friends of the Everglades' founder continues thanks to the generosity and passion of our supporters. We are sincerely grateful. Please enjoy some highlights from the event below.

2021-11-05T16:44:45-04:00November 5th, 2021|All Posts, Marjory Stoneman Douglas|

Hulu presents a tribute to Friends founder, Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Last week we told you about a new monument being built in honor of Friends of the Everglades founder Marjory Stoneman Douglas. This week, we're thrilled to share the first episode of a complementary animated mini-series produced by Hulu that tells the stories of the women that inspired the monuments. This episode, dedicated to Marjory, chronicles her life as a writer, conservationist, and "professional nuisance" as she battled powerful industries and public perception to preserve and protect the vital Everglades ecosystem. In the end, she knew that one voice was not enough. Marjory made sure to preserve the legacy of environmental advocacy she pioneered, founding Friends of the Everglades in 1969 and inspiring thousands to step up as voices of [...]

2021-09-02T16:19:15-04:00September 2nd, 2021|Marjory Stoneman Douglas|

Exciting news to celebrate Women’s Equality Day!

Here's to the "women who did not let what people imagined they were limit who they became." — Saya Woolfalk This Women’s Equality Day, we have news to share. 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. We are ecstatic. Hulu’s monuments will honor the contributions of three American women who dramatically shaped our culture through their commitments to inspire lasting and impactful change. In addition to the monument honoring Majory Stoneman Douglas, Hulu is creating monuments to Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Coretta Scott King. Artist mock-up [...]

2021-08-26T11:32:24-04:00August 26th, 2021|Marjory Stoneman Douglas|

New exhibit at the Museum of Florida History honors Florida Women’s Activism

A new exhibit at the Museum of Florida History is honoring Florida women who changed history. Just 101 years ago, the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the right to vote became a part of the U.S. Constitution. The Museum commemorates this milestone event with Beyond the Vote: Florida Women’s Activism, an exhibit showcasing the history of women’s activism in Florida, covering many topics including suffrage, the environment, civil rights, and equal rights. Featured among these notable women are two in particular that Friends of the Everglades owes a great debt of gratitude for their work laying the foundation of Florida's environmental movement that sought to protect Florida's natural places and the famed River of Grass. One of those was the "Mother [...]

2021-06-21T15:38:11-04:00June 21st, 2021|Marjory Stoneman Douglas|

Author Lori McMullen on “Among the Beautiful Beasts” — a tribute to the early life of Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Set in the early 1900s, Among the Beautiful Beasts is the untold story of the early life of Friends of the Everglades founder, Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Though not focused on the details of Marjory's later life — where she become known as a fearless and passionate environmental advocate — this novel weaves a story from the lesser-known details, outlining the path that lead Marjory to become the person that would pioneer a shifting perspective on the Everglades from worthless swamp to timeless treasure.  Author Lori McMullen grew up in unincorporated Dade County, outside of Miami, and now lives with her family in Chicago. Friends of the Everglades asked Lori to share the inspiration behind her debut novel which becomes available to [...]

2021-05-26T11:09:00-04:00May 26th, 2021|Marjory Stoneman Douglas|