The Water’s Edge Gala and Presentation of the 2019 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence

September 17, 2019
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The Water’s Edge Gala and Presentation of the 2019 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence

September 17, 2019 All day

Photo of Chad Pregracke cleaning up a river

Presenting Sponsor

Wilmington Trust logo

Premiere Sponsor

Mandy Cabot and Peter Kjellerup
Alice and Rod Moorhead
Carol E. Ware, Ph.D.

Lead Sponsors

Blue Yak Foundation ~ Brown Brothers Harriman Trust Company of Delaware NA ~ Fresh Start Development Company, LLC  ~ Meg and Dick Hayne ~ Mr. and Mrs. Michael Matz ~ Jennifer and Bob McNeil in Honor of Coatesville Youth Initiative

Key Sponsors

Franny and Franny Abbott ~ BNY Mellon Wealth Management ~ Amy Ruth Borun ~ Brown Advisory ~ Bryan and Jayme Colket ~ Phoebe Driscoll ~ Colonial Pipeline ~ The Curran Foundation ~ Fair Play Foundation ~ Finally Farm LLC ~ Glatfelter Insurance Group ~ The Hankin Group ~ Caroline Moran ~ Mr. and Mrs. Michael Moran ~ Robert F. Johnston and S. Francesca Orsini Charitable Fund ~ Oxford Area Foundation ~ Anne Stroud ~ Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Dixon Stroud Jr. ~ Morris and Boo Stroud ~ Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Stroud ~ Scott and Barbara Wisman

Tuesday, September 17
Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA

6:30 p.m. Registration and cocktails
7:15 p.m. Lecture and award presentation
8 p.m. Dinner

The Water’s Edge gala brings together business leaders in the community, supporters of Stroud Water Research Center, and experts in the world of fresh water. During this event, we recognize an individual or organization who has made invaluable contributions to the world of fresh water by awarding them with the Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence. The 2019 recipient is Chad Pregracke, founder of Living Lands & Waters.

Previous award recipients  have included American Rivers and its president, Bob Irvin; His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco; National Park Service and its director, Jonathan Jarvis; Alexandra Cousteau; Robert F. Kennedy Jr.; Dr. Jane Lubchenco and Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Dr. John Briscoe; and Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling.

The Water’s Edge attendees enjoy a cocktail reception followed by a lecture and award presentation. Guests then join the Board of Directors for an elegant dinner.

Proceeds from The Water’s Edge support our research, education, and restoration programs.


  • Premiere sponsorship (table for 12), $15,000
  • Lead sponsorship (table for 10), $10,000
  • Key sponsorship (table for six), $5,000


  • Individual, $500
  • Young Friend (40 years of age and under), $200


September 17, 2019
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Jessica Provinski

Longwood Gardens

1001 Longwood Rd
Kennett Square, PA 19348 United States
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