Harvest Moon

Our recent An Evening Under the Harvest Moon was an amazing and magical success because of YOU!

All of us at TreePeople would like to extend an enormous THANK YOU for giving us the most wonderful night of our year! Your generosity and kind gifts support TreePeople programs that elevate environmental awareness, plant trees and remove invasive species throughout our region: all of this will help to combat climate change and build green infrastructure for the millions of people who call this area home.

We also want to thank this year’s honorees. The Evergreen Award was presented to Boeing for their unwavering support for the environment. The Partner in Community Award was presented to Save Our Canyon for their commitment to protecting people, trees and wildlife corridors in the ecologically unique Santa Monica Mountains. The Barbara Goldenberg Volunteer Award was presented to Beth Burnam for her commitment to TreePeople and her statewide leadership to establish community-based Fire Safe Councils.

It was our incredible pleasure to recognize these dedicated environmentalists on this beautiful night.

If you’d like to revisit the festivities from 2019, we’ve curated the best photos from the evening for you to view online!

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2019 HONOREE: THE BOEING COMPANY

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems, and service provider of aftermarket support. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing is also very involved with community engagement and in 2018 made more than $55 million in charitable grants to 443 nonprofits in 47 countries.

Through purposeful investments, employee engagement and thoughtful advocacy efforts, Boeing and its employees support innovative partnerships and programs that align with the company’s strategic objectives, create value and help build better communities worldwide. As part of the company’s overall environmental strategy, Boeing partners with community-based programs that inspire environmental stewardship and educate citizens to minimize their impact on the environment; restore habitats, protect stormwater and promote sustainable use of our natural resources. In 2018 the company made 33 unique grants supporting environmental programs.

Boeing legacy company McDonnell Douglas began supporting TreePeople in 1984—a partnership that Boeing continued after its merger with McDonnell Douglas in 1997. To date, Boeing, along with the Employees Community Fund of Boeing California, and the Boeing Charitable Trust have invested close to $5 million in building TreePeople’s programs and facilities. For decades, Boeing employees have been planting trees and engaging with TreePeople.

Most recently, in 2018 Boeing made a $1 million legacy gift to TreePeople to launch Forest Aid, a campaign that will restore forests in fire-ravaged areas to minimize future fire risks and other environmental threats while fostering healthy ecosystems. With this gift, TreePeople has the opportunity to expand partnerships with public agencies that manage land impacted by wildfires to realize logistical efficiencies, such as equipment storage and transportation and water and seedling procurement. Forest Aid has brought 12,000 volunteers to plant 80,000 seedlings in the San Bernardino and Angeles National Forests, reforesting fire damaged areas.

It is because of Boeing’s unwavering support for the environment that it will be receiving TreePeople’s Evergreen Award for its partnership legacy investment in Forest Aid.

2019 HONOREE: SAVE OUR CANYON

Save our Canyon is a 501(c)(3) non-profit officially formed in the spring of 2018 to protect the open spaces of Benedict Canyon and the Santa Monica Mountains. Their members are drawn together by a shared desire to protect the environment and precious open space that is a natural habitat for endangered wildlife and protected trees.

The organization has taken the lead to protest changes in residential zoning laws and to educate others on the potential ramifications that could set a precedent for inappropriate or inconsistent development throughout the Santa Monica Mountains. Save Our Canyon’s goal is to protect their community from a proposed project and other communities from similar developments that could increase fire risk, endanger wildlife habitats, and cause further destruction of protected trees. Their fourteen member board of directors are all members of the local community.

Save Our Canyon will receive TreePeople’s Partner in Community Award for their commitment to protecting people, trees and wildlife corridors in the ecologically unique Santa Monica Mountains.

2019 HONOREE: BETH BURNAM

A Native Angelino, Beth Burnam was raised under the oak canopy of Bel Air and has lived in Topanga since 2002. As a young child she witnessed the Bel Air Fire of 1961 that required her family to quickly evacuate their home. Although her family home was not devastated, many in her neighborhood were destroyed.

Since 1990, Beth has been a “professional” volunteer and in 2017, the Third District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl named her Volunteer of the Year in recognition of her dedication and outstanding work in the community.

Beth is a TreePeople Board member and serves as a Director for the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains. She is actively involved in her local community serving as co-President and founding member of the North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Council. This organization writes grants and manages large-scale fire hazardous vegetation removal projects and educates the Topanga community about pre-fire event preparation.

Beth serves on the Board of Trustees of Vassar College, and along with her mother Marcia Garbus Burnam, created and endowed the Burnam Fellows Program at Vassar, a summer internship program focused on “experiences that make a difference” through work in non-profit or other community-based organizations. Beth served two six-year terms on the Board of Trustees of the Oakwood School, an independent K – 12 school in the Los Angeles area that both she and her children attended.

Beth has two adult sons, Michael and Richard and lives in Topanga, CA, with her husband, Monte Tomerlin.

Beth will receive the Barbara Goldenberg Volunteer Award for commitment to TreePeople and her statewide leadership to establish community-based Fire Safe Councils.

2019 AN EVENING UNDER THE HARVEST MOON GALA COMMITTEE MEMBERS

TreePeople is proud to acknowledge the leadership of our Gala Committee.

Committee Members:
Laurie Benenson
Philip Boesch
Susan Drake (Co-Chairs)
Edgar Dymally
Karin Fielding (Co-Chairs)
Sara Nichols
David Zucker

Board of Directors:

Bob Antonoplis
Laurie Benenson
Philip Boesch (Chairman)
J. Lee Braly
Colette Brooks
Beth Burnam
Susan W. Drake
Edgar G. Dymally
Dr. Jonathan Fielding
Karin Fielding
Jonathan Friedland

Mark Gavens
Ruth Y. Goldway
Seth Kiner
Andy Lipkis
Sara R. Nichols
Noah Perch-Ahern
Sarah H. Smith
Ira Ziering
David Zucker