ecoBenefete 2017

Honoring Governor Nathan Deal

Thursday, October 12, 2017  //  6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

At The Foundry at Puritan Mill / Atlanta
Black Tie Optional

Save The Date! On October 12, join the Georgia Conservancy at ecoBenefete, the Georgia Conservancy's premier gala. ecoBenefete annually honors an exceptional steward of Georgia's natural resources with the Distinguished Conservationist award.

The Georgia Conservancy is proud to honor Georgia Governor Nathan Deal as our 2017 Distinguished Conservationist. The Distinguished Conservationist Award recognizes an individual or institution that has left a profound and lasting impact on the conservation and protection of Georgia's natural resources. As Georgia’s top public servant, Governor Deal has made the conservation of our state’s land and water a priority during his two terms as Governor.

A Sandersville native, Nathan Deal served in the U.S. Army at Fort Gordon in Augusta after graduating with a law degree with honors from Mercer University. He then began a private law practice in Gainesville, the hometown of his wife, Sandra Deal. While his wife taught in Hall County Public Schools, Deal began a career in public service, working as a prosecutor, judge, State Senator and U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 9th District. He was elected Georgia’s 82nd governor in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. The Deals have four adult children and six grandchildren.

During his tenure as Governor, Nathan Deal has worked with legislators, conservation organizations and the business community to ensure that the protection and conservation of Georgia’s natural resources are considered and remain a priority when making critical decisions about the future of our state. The Governor’s annual budgets have provided nearly $50 million for land conservation since 2011, and he has signed into law measures that have provided greater protections for our salt marsh, incentives for private land conservation, significant conservation of Jekyll Island, increased funding for our public lands through hunting and fishing license fees, and stronger regulations for the siting, permitting and construction of petroleum pipelines in Georgia. In 2017, Governor Deal made a $10.5 million investment in the Georgia Environmental Protection Division oversight of the state water metering program.

Additionally, the Governor’s commitment to the Gopher Tortoise Initiative has been critical in forwarding a collaborative mission to protect thousands of acres of public and private lands that are home to Georgia’s state reptile. Through the conservation of these vital acres, the gopher tortoise, a keystone species will gain the opportunity to thrive and remain off of the Endangered Species list, benefiting both the ecology of Georgia’s wiregrass/longleaf pine habitats and the economy of our state.

“There is no bigger champion for our state’s natural resources than Governor Nathan Deal," says Mark Williams, Director of Georgia Department of Natural Resources. "Teddy Roosevelt once stated, 'There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country.' Governor Deal has exemplified that mentality.  On behalf of all the sportsmen and women of this state, I can firmly say that his dedication to conservation has forever impacted generations of Georgians to come.”

Ecobenefete Registration

Ecobenefete Ticket ($275)*


  • A cocktail reception
  • Passed hors-d'oeuvres
  • Three course meal
  • Live music
  • Silent auction

*Georgia Conservancy members receive $25 off of ticket price

EcoBenefete Patron ($1,000)

Includes ecoBenefête ticket perks, plus:

  • Two guest tickets to ecoBenefête
  • Name recognition at ecoBenefête (signage, stage & program)
  • Logo recognition in Panorama Magazine
  • Patronage featured in 2017 ecoBenefête website
  • Premium seating, front of room and near honoree
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Past DistinguishED ConservationistS

The City of Columbus
Will Harris III
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
Jim Kennedy
Ray Weeks
Clay Long
Laura & Rutherford Seydel
James Mackay
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Horizon
Senator Sam Nunn
Chuck Leavell
Eugene Odum

Lieutenant Governor Pierre Howard
Georgia Tech College of Architecture
Ben Slade III
E. Cody Laird Jr.
Emory University
Atlantic Station
Charles Brewer
Garden Club of Georgia
Congressman John Lewis
Governor Zell Miller
Ray C. Anderson
Ted Turner