Save the date! An Evening Under the Harvest Moon will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM.
Celebrating the 32nd year of our annual gala, TreePeople will be hosting the event again at our Coldwater Canyon Park location (12601 Mulholland Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210). This beautiful evening, hosted under the stars with stunning city views, will recognize the individuals and TreePeople partners who are helping to create a more climate-resilient community.
This year, TreePeople is proud to honor three remarkable change makers. The Boeing Company will receive the Evergreen Award for their partnership legacy investment in Forest Aid, TreePeople’s ambitious campaign to heal our fire-ravaged forests. Save Our Canyon will receive the Partner in Community Award for their commitment to protecting people, trees and wildlife corridors in the ecologically unique Santa Monica Mountains. Beth Burnam will receive the Barbara Goldenberg Volunteer Award for her statewide leadership to establish community-based Fire Safe Councils.
We invite you to join us for this special event.
To purchase tickets or become a sponsor by mail, download our printable sponsor sheet and please send a check made out to “TreePeople” to: Dana Abrams c/o Haber Event Group, 23313 Schoenborn St. West Hills, CA 91304
Questions about An Evening Under the Harvest Moon Event? Contact Richard Rosenbaum at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (818) 623-4843.
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.
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.
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.
TreePeople is proud to acknowledge the leadership of our Gala Committee.
Susan Drake (Co-Chairs)
Karin Fielding (Co-Chairs)
Board of Directors:
Philip Boesch (Chairman)
J. Lee Braly
Susan W. Drake
Edgar G. Dymally
Dr. Jonathan Fielding
Ruth Y. Goldway
Sara R. Nichols
Sarah H. Smith