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

September 17
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Photo of Chad Pregracke cleaning up a river

Presenting Sponsor

Wilmington Trust logo

Lead Sponsors

Blue Yak Foundation ~ Brown Advisory/Fair Play Foundation ~ Brown Brothers Harriman ~ Mandy Cabot and Peter Kjellerup

Key Sponsors

Franny and Franny Abbott ~ BNY Mellon Wealth Management ~ Mr. and Mrs. Michael Moran ~ Robert F. Johnston and S. Francesca Orsini Charitable Fund

Tuesday, September 17
Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA

6 p.m. Registration and cocktails
7 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

Longwood Gardens
  • Jessica Provinski
  • Phone:
    610-268-2153, ext. 288
  • Email: