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

November 4, 2021, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
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The Water’s Edge Gala and Presentation of the Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence

The 2021 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence recipient is Melissa Ho, Ph.D.

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 2021 SAFE Award will be presented to Melissa Ho, Ph.D., senior vice president for fresh water and food at World Wildlife Fund-US.

  • Date and time: Thursday, November 4, 2021. 6:30 p.m. registration and cocktails; 7:15 p.m. lecture and award presentation; 8 p.m. dinner.
  • Location: The Stone Barn, 100 Stone Barn Dr, Kennett Square, PA 19348.

As the Stroud Center moves forward with The Water’s Edge, we ask that all guests verify their vaccination status with the Stroud Center’s staff prior to attending.  Please reach out to Jessica Provinski at or 610-910-0049 to verify your status or ask any questions you may have. 

For guests who are most comfortable celebrating from the comfort of their home, we are offering a virtual ticket option for the lecture portion only.

If circumstances prevent us from celebrating in person, we commit to bringing the entire evening and its elegance, complete with a meal, to you virtually.

This event is the Stroud Center’s primary fundraiser, since all others are low to no-cost events. As such, it is vital to the Stroud Center’s mission.

Previous speakers and award winners have included luminaries such as Jane Goodall, Olivia Newton-John & 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 2021 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence Recipient, Melissa Ho, Ph.D.

Influencing the Intersection of Water, Agriculture, and Sustainability

As senior vice president for fresh water and food at World Wildlife Fund-US, Melissa Ho drives landscape and transformational initiatives that support the conservation of freshwater ecosystems and the sustainability of agricultural systems. She also supports the integration of water and food issues in all of WWF’s other workstreams.

Ho has focused on the intersection of water and agriculture and its connections to energy and health throughout her career. She has worked to support large-scale public irrigation and systems, agricultural value chains, community-based water resource planning and management systems, and the delivery of household-level water technology through the private sector.

Previously, Ho developed and implemented the agricultural water management strategy and grant portfolio at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She has also served in various capacities in the U.S. Congress.

Presenting Sponsor

Wilmington Trust

Premiere Sponsor

Alice and Rod Moorhead

Lead Sponsors

Blue Yak Foundation

Brown Brothers Harriman

Colonial Pipeline Company

Fresh Start Development Company

Carol E. Ware, Ph.D.

Key Sponsors

Franny and Franny Abbott

BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Brown Advisory

Bryan and Jayme Colket

Phoebe Driscoll

The Hankin Group

Glatfelter Insurance Group

James S. Herr Family Foundation

Johnston Family Charitable Trust

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Matz

Caroline Moran – In honor of Franny Abbott’s birthday

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Moran

 W. A. Speakman Family Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Stroud

Scott and Barbara Wisman

November 4, 2021 , 6:30 PM 9:00 PM EDT

The Stone Barn

100 Stone Barn Drive
Kennett Square, PA 19348 United States
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