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On Friday, September 26, more than 350 friends and sustainability and business leaders will gather at ecoBenefête, the Georgia Conservancy's annual gala, to recognize the civic leadership of Columbus, Georgia as the Conservancy’s 2014 Distinguished Conservationists. The event will celebrate all those who played a role in recapturing the natural beauty and splendor of the Chattahoochee River as it runs through downtown Columbus. Accepting the award on behalf of Columbus will be John Turner, chairman of the River Restoration Committee.

The Distinguished Conservationist award honors the remarkable achievements of great Georgians who improve our lives through the protection of the environment. The Columbus whitewater project and its supporters embody the spirit of that award.

WHEN:  Friday, September 26 // 7:00 PM
WHERE:  Summerour Studio // 409 Bishop Street // Atlanta, GA 30318

TICKETS: $200 per person
PATRON TICKETS: $1,000 per couple

In celebrating Columbus, we are also celebrating Georgia! What a better way to do that than showcase wonderful Georgia-grown music, food and drinks!

  • 7 PM // Cocktail Hour - featuring music from City Mouse, locally-sourced hors-d'oeurves, Thomasville, Georgia's Sweet Grass Dairy cheese, Atlanta's Sweetwater Brewing Company beer, wine from Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains, and two signature cocktails (local ginger ale & bourbon and blueberry lemonade & vodka).
  • 8 PM // Dinner and Presentation - featuring a locally-sourced family style dinner curated by Affairs to Remember and homemade jams from Atlanta's Preserving Place.
  • 9 PM // Dessert, Dancing and Drinks - featuring Pie Shop pie, Jake's Ice Cream and music from Atlanta's Sailing to Denver.

If you would like to sponsor or become a patron of ecoBenefête, please contact Georgia Conservancy Director of Development Mike Vinciquerra at

*Sponsors and patrons receive priority seating.