The Water’s Edge

The Water’s Edge

Join Alexandra Cousteau at The Water’s Edge

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Premiere Sponsorship
(12 Seats) $15,000

Lead Sponsorship
(10 Seats) $10,000

Key Sponsorship
(6 Seats) $5,000

Individual Ticket

Individual, Age 21-40

Presenting Sponsor

Wilmington Trust

Premiere Sponsors
Alice and Rod Moorhead

Lead Sponsors
Cabot Kjellerup Foundation
The Curran Foundation
Fresh Start Development
Dick and Meg Hayne

Key Sponsors
Franny and Franny Abbott
Mrs. Phoebe A. Driscoll
Gawthrop Greenwood, P.C.; Roger N. Huggins, Esq.
Glatfelter Insurance Group
The Hankin Group
Anne Stroud Hannum
H. Donnan Sharp Jones
Barbara C. Riegel and
Judy & Ken Lau
Morris and Boo Stroud
Steve and Mayra Stroud
Mr. Al West and Ms. Sarah Walter
Scott and Barbara Wisman

Thursday, November 19, 6:30-9 p.m.
Longwood Gardens

Each year Stroud Water Research Center hosts The Water’s Edge gala in celebration of our most precious resource — water.

This special evening allows us to bring together our friends and neighbors whose support is critical to our endeavors. Proceeds from the evening support our freshwater research, restoration, and education programs.

Please join us at The Water’s Edge gala at Longwood Gardens on November 19 as we present the 2015 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence to Alexandra Cousteau.

Alexandra CousteauPhoto © Bill Zelman

Her legendary grandfather, Jacques, and father, Philippe, explored the world’s ocean wonders, but today Alexandra Cousteau explores new ways to save them.

I believe water will be the defining crisis of our century — from droughts, storms and floods to degrading water quality. We’ll see major conflicts over water and the proliferation of water refugees. We inhabit a water planet, and unless we protect, manage and restore that resource, the future will be a very different place from the one we imagine today.” Alexandra Cousteau

Alexandra is the founder and “Chief Water Optimist” of Blue Legacy, a non-profit organization on a mission to empower people to reclaim and restore the world’s water, one community at a time. Blue Legacy explores water issues around the globe and shares those findings through short films as well as mainstream and social media.

The Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence, also known as the SAFE Water Award, is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in freshwater-related activities.

Past recipients include Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (2014); Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D. and Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D. (2013); John Briscoe, Ph.D. (2012); and Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling (2011).

For questions about The Water’s Edge, please contact:
Kay Dixon, 610-268-2153, ext. 303 or
Jess Provinski, 610-268-2153, ext. 288,

Past SAFE Water Award Winners and Speakers at The Water’s Edge

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

2014 SAFE Award Recipient Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper, president of the Waterkeeper Alliance

Jane Lubchenco

2013 SAFE Award Recipient Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D. former Under Secretary of Commerce for the National Oceans and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA)

Kathryn Sullivan

2013 SAFE Award Recipient Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator

John Briscoe received the 2012 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence

2012 SAFE Award Recipient John Briscoe, Ph.D. Director, Harvard Water Security Initiative; founding member World Water Council, Global Water Partnership, World Commission on Dams

Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling receive the 2011 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence from Director Bernard Sweeney

2011 SAFE Award Recipients Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling. Supporters of rainforest conservation and renowned for work in conserving the Amazon River watershed

Peter Gleick

2010 Peter Gleick. Co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute, author, MacArthur Fellow, and member of the US National Academy of Sciences

Ian Hutton

2009 Ian Hutton. Island naturalist and conservationist, researcher, eco-tourism pioneer, keeper of the UNESCO World Heritage site, Lord Howe Island

Flip Nicklin

2008 Flip Nicklin, National Geographic contributing photographer, founder of The Whale Trust

Kris Tompkins

2007 Kristine McDivitt Tompkins. Former CEO of Patagonia, Inc., founder, Conservación Patagónica and Conservation Land Trust

Wangari Maathai

2006 Wangari Maathai. Founder, The Green Belt Movement, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, author

William McDonough

2005 William McDonough, Architect and founding principal of William McDonough + Partners 2007 Time magazine “Hero of the Environment”

Sylvia Earle

2004 Dr. Sylvia Earle. Marine biologist, National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence, former chief NOAA scientist

Jane Goodall and Bernard Sweeney

2003 Dr. Jane Goodall. Primatologist, author, founder of The Jane Goodall Institute, mentor, United Nations Messenger of Peace