Nature Conservancy Celebrates 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee

By Jennifer Roosth
Photography by Kim Coffman and Jenny Antill

THE SCENE: In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Nature Conservancy of Texas, the Houston Polo Club was tented and transformed into a small town called Nature, Texas, a magical place encompassing all this state has to offer. The 440 guests enjoyed exploring the magical town of Nature, which encompassed the best food, scenes, and activities at this special Golden Jubilee event. The crowd was a mix of politicos, corporate leaders, nature lovers, and philanthropists partnering to preserve and conserve the natural landscape of the Lone Star State.

THE VIBE: Nature may be a small town, but it has a big spirit and miles of style. Guests donned their best Texas tuxes and Western chic ensembles complete with hats, boots, and bling. A three-course dinner was served before a live auction that included an Audi Q5 and a 10-day safari to Kenya. Following that, swing dancing went on late into the night to the sounds of Texas legend, Asleep at the Wheel.

THE CAUSE: The milestone event was chaired by Ann and Don Short with co-chairs Allison and Troy Thacker, and raised over $700,000. The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. To date, the organization and its more than one million members have been responsible for the protection of more than 119 million acres of land, 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide and the operation of more than 100 marine projects globally.


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