Speaking on behalf of NIPSCO was Jennifer Montague, Vice-President of Communications and External Affairs. In her remarks, Montague noted that the organization is proud of its role as a long-time contributor and partner of Shirley Heinze Land Trust, and mentioned several successful projects and accomplishments that have resulted, including the protection of Lydick Bog, and Meadowbrook, among others. Montague also noted NIPSCO’s plans to retire 100% of its coal-fired electric generation by 2028, which drew applause from the audience.
Kris Krouse introduced the distinguished speaker for the evening, Andrew Bowman, President and CEO of the Land Trust Alliance (LTA). Bowman presented an overview of the work of the LTA, a national nonprofit conservation organization that serves as the voice of the land trust community through its advocacy, capacity building, convening, and leadership. He congratulated Shirley Heinze Land Trust on its recent receipt of the LTA’s National Excellence Award, and noted that the organization is proud of our efforts to increase public awareness of the value of protecting land here in northwestern Indiana. Bowman then introduced a 3-minute video about Shirley Heinze Land Trust, which was produced by the LTA as part of the award. Click here to watch the video.
Krouse concluded the program by congratulating the auction winners and thanking everyone for their support. He also shared the news that Shirley Heinze Land Trust has achieved last year’s goal of creating a $1M quasi-endowment fund. He noted that the endowment project was largely made possible by a bequest from a member of our Legacy Circle, and encouraged members of the audience to consider joining this group of visionary donors. Finally, Krouse acknowledged the recent passing of Charlotte Read, who was Shirley Heinze’s first executive director from 1984-1987.