New York event highlights international significance of AWC's work

New York event highlights international significance of AWC's work

Above: David Wenham opens the AWC gala dinner in Central Park, New York

May 2016: The global significance of AWC's contribution to conservation was highlighted at a spectacular fundraising gala dinner in Central Park, New York last week.

Over 350 people, which comprised Australian and American business and community leaders, came together to celebrate AWC's achievements in securing more than 3 million hectares (nearly 8 million acres) of land and the protection of over 1,200 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.

Hosted by acclaimed actor, David Wenham, and featuring a special performance by the award-winning Missy Higgins, it was a remarkable evening in an extraordinary setting. Special awards were presented to Thomas Lovejoy (world renowned scientist), Jim and Kristy Clark (Kristy is a Director of AWC) and John Streicker (John is the founder of Friends of AWC in the USA) for their outstanding contribution to the success of AWC.

Watch the event coverage on Sunrise here

 

Following are some photos from this special event.

 
Australian star, Rose Byrne, arrives to celebrate AWC achievements


Kristy and Jim Clark receive their award


Atticus Fleming, AWC Chief Executive, talks about the global importance of Australia's wildlife


The Hon Robert Hill presents Tom Lovejoy with a Little Long-tailed Dunnart sculpture by artist (and AWC supporter) Jane Dawson


Missy Higgins performs at the gala


Guests travelled from across the USA and Australia for this special event


David Wenham and Rose Byrne