Categories: Announcements, Blog, Events, ForEverglades

Palmetto Bay, Florida (January 13, 2015) – The Everglades Foundation announced today that award winning television journalist Bryant Gumbel will serve as host for the 10th Annual ForEverglades Benefit at The Breakers Palm Beach on Saturday, February 14, 2015.


Adding to Gumbel as the evening’s emcee, special guest and comedian Susie Essman, known to audiences as Susie Greene from Curb Your Enthusiasm will provide supporters with laughs prior to Steven Tyler’s taking the stage to perform alongside backing Nashville based band, Loving Mary.


“We are grateful to all of those who support our ForEverglades Benefit which contributes significantly to our ongoing mission to restore and protect America’s Everglades,” said Eric Eikenberg, Everglades Foundation CEO. “We are thrilled to have Bryant, Steven and Susie lend their exceptional talents in bringing attention to our efforts.”


One of television’s most accomplished broadcasters, Bryant Gumbel is the host of HBO’s acclaimed Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, a show he has shepherded since its inception in 1995. Prior to that, he was at CBS News as host of Public Eye With Bryant Gumbel as well as The Early Show.  And for 25 years he was at NBC, hosting its TODAY program for 15 of them. A multi Emmy award winner in both news and sports, as well as numerous other accolades for his work, Gumbel has covered foreign wars, elections, international summits, and Presidential inaugurations as well as hosted Super Bowls, World Series, NCAA Championships and the 1988 Olympics from Seoul, South Korea.


Susie Essman is an American comedian, actress, writer, television producer, and voice artist on HBO. Essman has also performed on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and on film with several comic cameos including Crocodile Dundee II, Baby Boom, and Punchline. She has also provided the voice for characters in Disney animated films Bolt and Super Rhino.


The ForEverglades Benefit raises over $2 million annually to support restoration science to protect and restore this fragile ecosystem that provides fresh water for nearly 8 million Floridians. The Everglades Foundation board of directors supports all of the Foundation’s administrative and fundraising expenses, allowing 100 percent of the funds raised at the benefit to directly support these programs.


Chairmen for the 10th Annual ForEverglades Benefit include: Mary Barley, Claudia and Carlos de la Cruz, Jr., Eva and Glenn Dubin,  Jamee and Marshall Field V, Beryl Lacoste Hamilton and Rex Hamilton, Fenia and Carl Hiaasen, Sonia and Paul Tudor Jones II, Elaine and Ken Langone, Kathy and Paul Leone, Michele Henry and Garrison duP. Lickle, Mary Morse, Thalia and Tommy Mottola, Barbara and Jack Nicklaus, Ashley and Mike Ramos, Lia Reed, Alita and Nathaniel Reed, Diana Barrett and Robert Vila, and Toni and Andrew Wilshire. The evening is generously sponsored by LACOSTE.


To purchase tickets, contact Debbie Fife or Samantha Miller at (212) 245-6570, ext. 20 or email everglades@eventassociatesinc.com. Individual tickets start at $1,000, with preferred seating available at $2,500. Tables range from $10,000 to $100,000. All tickets include cocktails, dinner, musical performance and donor recognition.

About Florida’s Relationship with the Everglades:


More than eight million people live in the Everglades watershed and depend on its natural systems for their livelihood, food and drinking water. Florida’s agricultural, boating, tourism, real estate, recreational and commercial fishing industries all depend on a healthy Everglades ecosystem, supporting tens of thousands of jobs and contributing billions to our economy. The America’s Everglades includes, among other attractions, Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, the Big Cypress National Preserve and the Ten Thousand Islands. Together, these parks draw several million visitors each year contributing hundreds of millions of dollars to Florida’s tourism economy.


About the Everglades Foundation:


The Everglades Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, charitable organization, with offices in Miami and Naples, is dedicated to protecting and restoring one of the world’s unique natural ecosystems that provides economic, recreational and life-sustaining benefits to the millions of people who depend on its future health.  Since 1993, the Everglades Foundation has played a leadership role in advancing Everglades restoration through the advancement of scientifically sound and achievable solutions. The Foundation seeks to reverse the damage inflicted on the ecosystem and provides policymakers and the public with honest and credible resource to help guide decision-making on complex restoration issues. For more information, please visit evergladesfoundation.org.


ForEverglades Publicity Contact:

Linda Soper, 612-308-4159, linda@lindalanemarketing.com

 Everglades Foundation Media Relations:

Brian Crowley, 561.568.5709, bcrowley@immediacypr.com

Table and Ticket Information:

Debbie Fife or Samantha Miller, 212-245-6570, everglades@eventassociatesinc.com