Instrumental Evening for the Earth 2012
15th Annual Instrumental Evening for the Earth
"A Harvest for Sustainable Neighborhoods"
*Artwork by Ralph Solonitz
Friday, November 9th, 2012, 6-9:30pm
West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, Rocky River
Thank you to all for a very successfull 15th Annual Instrumental Evening for the Earth!
Friends and supporters of Earth Day Coalition joined us in a celebration of 23 years of Earth Day Coalition history, honoring the work of retiring Co-Executive Director Chris Trepal, and looking forward to the next 23 years of building sustainable neighborhoods. Chris co-founded Earth Day Coalition with Scott Sanders in 1990. As a devoted environmental advocate, Chris has played an integral role in the communty projects Earth Day Coalition is best known for. The large turnout of attendees helped us celebrate her achievements, and continue our work to provide education, inspire leadership, and encourage action for a healthy environment.
Thank you to all who attended, to our generous sponsors and donors, to the talented musicians, to West Shore Unitarian Univeralist Church in Rocky River, to our hosts, volunteers and to AMP 150 for the delicious and locally sourced gourmet food!
Here's an overview of the evening:
Bill O'Connell Vice President, Program Manager and Afternoon Drive Host of WCLV 104.9FM
Gourmet Reception with AMP 150
Local and sustainable food prepared by Chef Jeff Jarrett. Guests were treated to a five-course selection of delicious food sourced from local farms and providers:
• A variety of cheeses, hummus, veggies, fruits, crackers, bread and nuts
• Squash soup and 5-spice toasted pumpkin seeds
• Pumpkin panzanella with blue cheese, pumpernickle, and maple vinaigrette
• Braised beef short ribs, creamy polenta, and roasted brussels sprouts
• Chocolate panna cotta, salted caramel with vanilla creme anglaise and cupcakes
Raffles and Auctions
Participants Joined auctioneer Tony Matusicky with Anthem Auctions to bid on and enter to win an exciting array of eco-friendy items, services, and outings, including a 7 night stay for up to five people at Concorodia Eco-Resorts on St. John, US Virgin Islands (see the video here). Guests also had a chance at winning one of six spectacular chefs tables at local restaurants during our Local and Sustainable Food Grab Bag Raffle from the following restaurants: Vento La Trattoria & Wine Bar, Crop Bistro & Bar, Tartine Bistro, and Luxe Kitchen and Lounge, BonBon Pastry & Cafe and Marigold Catering.
Donations by attendees were increased thanks to the generous pledges from our sponsors. Funds raised will support the neighborhood issues and advocacy work of the Earth Day Coalition to continue the legacy of retiring co-executive director Chris Trepal.
To make a donation to our Fund-A-Need click here or call 216-281-6468.
World-Class Chamber Music
Daniel McKelway and Lembi Veskimets of the world-famous Cleveland Orchestra welcomed internationally renowned friends pianist Hyunsoon Whang and cellist Keith Robinson in performances of trios by Beethoven and Chopin.
Tribute to retiring co-executive director Chris Trepal
The evening was also a Tribute to co-executive director Chris Trepal who retires on November 11 after 23 with Earth Day Coalition. Below is a tribute video for Chris. It was produced by Ben Hartman of Ben Hartman Productions and was played at our 15th Annual Instrumental Evening for the Earth in honor of Chris and all of her work in our community - Thank You Chris!