Audubon CT holds Environmental Leadership Awards benefit

Gina McCarthy, Melissa Groo and Lesley and Bill King
Gina McCarthy, Melissa Groo and Lesley and Bill King

The 2017 Audubon Connecticut Environmental Leadership Awards Benefit, Experience Nature! will be held on Wednesday, April 12, from 6-11 p.m., at The Belle Haven Club in Greenwich.

Audubon Connecticut will honor the following champions of conservation and the environment:

  • Gina McCarthy — national environmental leader who served most recently as the 13th administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will be honored with the Audubon Connecticut Environmental Leadership Award

  • Melissa Groo — wildlife photographer, writer, and conservationist, will receive the Katie O’Brien Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Lesley and Bill King of Back 40 Farm Group — business owners and advocates of the organic food movement, will be recipients of the Audubon Connecticut Corporate Award

At 6 p.m., there will be a VIP pre-reception, followed by a cocktail reception at 6:30, and dinner, program and live auction at 7:30.

The dinner menu is influenced by Back 40 Farm Group’s local and sustainable agriculture work; cocktail attire recommended.

For more information, contact Tiffany Witmer at 203-930-1391,, or visit