By Punch Correspondent Kia Scipio
While many were frantically doing their taxes at the eleventh hour this past Monday evening, the Dupont Circle location of Hank’s Oyster Bar graciously hosted a happy hour for The Nature Conservancy (TNC). TNC is the leading conservation organization in the world, with chapters in all 50 states and in 35 countries worldwide. In 60 years TNC and its more than 1 million members have successfully protected nearly 120 million acres globally.
The event on Monday was the inaugural event for a new initiative of the local chapters of TNC in Maryland, Washington, DC and the Northern VA part of the VA chapter to reach a younger, more urban audience.
Stephanie Smith, a member of the TNC’s Board of Trustees, along with members of TNC staff, put together a steering committee of 10 people from diverse careers and backgrounds. The committee’s plan is to host events every couple of months to raise awareness about environmental issues and what TNC is doing around the world to protect natural resources. These events will be a great opportunity to meet conservation experts and connect with TNC. The focus of the event at Hank’s was support of TNC’s oyster restoration work in the Chesapeake Bay. Mark Bryer, Director of the Chesapeake Bay Conservancy Program, spoke about the TNC’s efforts in oyster reef restoration in the Bay. All happy hour attendees were asked for a suggested donation of $10–every donation bought 50 baby oysters to rebuild reef habitats. Happy hour at Hank’s was not only incredibly delicious and well attended, but TNC raised $650!
Learn more about TNC HERE.
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