Mark D. Perry accepts ‘Champions of the Everglades’ Award on behalf of Everglades Coalition

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December 3, 2009


  — Mark D. Perry, executive director of Florida Oceanographic Society, accepted the second annual "Champions of the Everglades" Award on behalf of the Everglades Coalition in November. The Arthur R. Marshall Foundation gives the award in honor of those that have made significant contributions to environmental issues.

"It is a great pleasure to see the Everglades Coalition recognized for its accomplishments," said Perry, who is co-chair of the coalition. "But our organization knows there is much more work to be done to restoring the Everglades ecosystem."

Perry joined Sara Fain, Everglades Restoration program manager in the Sun Coast office of the National Parks Conservation Association, in receiving the award for best organization from foundation chairman John Marshall.

The other honorees were former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham and Palm Beach County commissioner Jess Santamaria. They gathered with 200 other guests at the former Wellington Mall for a benefit in support of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation's Everglades education and outreach programs.


Florida Oceanographic Society's mission is to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida's coastal ecosystems through education and research. Our teaching and programming is designed to change the generational views of how we care for and preserve our unique environments. For more information, visit or telephone 772-225-0505.

About the Everglades Coalition

The Everglades Coalition is an alliance of 52 local, state and national conservation and environmental organizations dedicated to full restoration of the greater Everglades ecosystem. For 25 years, the Coalition has worked in the public arena to inform decision-makers on the collective view of the conservation community regarding the greater Everglades ecosystem. For more information, visit

About the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation

The Arthur R. Marshall Foundation champions efforts to restore and preserve the greater Everglades ecosystem through science-based outreach programs and hands-on activities to return original plant life and water flow patterns to the historic "River of Grass." For more information, visit

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