The Water’s Edge Gala and Presentation of the 2023 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence

October 3, 2023, 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM EDT
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The Water’s Edge Gala and Presentation of the 2023 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence

October 3, 2023 , 6:30 PM 10:00 PM EDT

Laura Turner Seydel in a boat with water in the background.

The Water’s Edge gala brings together business leaders, supporters of Stroud™ Water Research Center, and experts in the world of fresh water. During this event, the Stroud Center recognizes an individual or organization that has made invaluable contributions to the world of fresh water and presents them with the Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence. The 2023 SAFE Award will be presented to Laura Turner Seydel, environmental advocate, eco-living expert, and chair of the Captain Planet Foundation.

  • Date and time: Tuesday, October 3, 2023.
    • 6:30 p.m. Registration and cocktails.
    • 7:15 p.m. Lecture and award presentation.
    • 8 p.m. Dinner.
  • Location: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE 19375.

The Stroud Center’s annual signature event, The Water’s Edge, serves to honor the achievements of the award recipient while supporting the Stroud Center’s ongoing efforts as a global leader of freshwater research, environmental education, and watershed restoration.

Previous speakers and award winners have included luminaries such as Jane Goodall; Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling; American Rivers and its president, Bob Irvin; His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco; Alexandra Cousteau; and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.; among others.

The 2023 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence Recipient: Laura Turner Seydel


Laura Turner Seydel is a global champion of Earth stewardship. By working with organizations that address urgent challenges affecting environmental health and sustainability — everything from the air we breathe to the water we drink — she inspires actions to protect our home and life-support system, planet Earth, for the future generations who will inherit it.

Turner Seydel is especially focused on preparing children to be the next generation of environmental stewards. She is chair of the Captain Planet Foundation, which has funded hands-on projects in 90 countries and empowered millions of young people to be problem-solvers for the planet. Learn more

Premiere Sponsor

Wilmington Trust

Lead Sponsors

Blue Yak Foundation

Brown Brothers Harriman Trust Company of Delaware, N.A.

Colonial Pipeline

Fresh Start Development Company

Meg and Dick Hayne

Moorhead Family Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Stroud

Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Dixon Stroud Jr.

Key Sponsors

Franny and Franny Abbott

BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Amy Ruth Borun

Brown Advisory


Phoebe Driscoll

Ephrata National Bank

Fair Play Foundation

Glatfelter Insurance Group

Hankin Group

Herr Foods Inc.

Johnston Family Charitable Trust

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Moran

W.A. Speakman Family Foundation

Morris and Boo Stroud

Carol Ware, Ph.D.

Scott and Barbara Wisman

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE 19735
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