On Friday, April 22, All Clams On Deck Executive Director, Barbara Baker, and Chiles Group Public & Governmental Manager, Deb Cooney, greeted guests in the beautiful grassy area of the Longboat Island Chapel Earth Day event. In addition, Marilyn Ortiz and Hayley Bodkins were selling T-shirts and providing information to guests. All of this was part of the Nature Talks and Walks for Earth Day Event put on by the Longboat Island Chapel.
Other sponsors of the event included Longboat Island Chapel’s Revival Team, Longboat Observer, and the Sequoia Financial Group which is put on annually during Earth Day. It was a beautiful moment on the Suncoast to talk about environmental advocacy groups and amazing earth-friendly options here in our community. The keynote speaker was Dr. Dave Tomasko, Executive Director, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program. He spoke on current conditions and actions for a healthier future.
There were 15 environmental & animal advocate exhibitors in the beautiful Friendship and Harvest Gardens. Guests were encouraged to amble throughout the gardens visiting the various exhibitors. Visitors to the All Clams On Deck exhibit were asked to support the initiative in the Florida State budget by sending a letter to the Governor. There was an overwhelming response to the request & very positive feedback on the mission of All Clams On Deck.
Many of the visitors signed up for the ACOD e-newsletter and entered a contest for a $20.00 gift certificate to any of the Chiles Group restaurants. The winner is Tina Stark of LBK Real Estate. We wanted to thank everyone who came by to chat or just visited the event. See you next year!
Feature Picture (courtesy of All Clams on Deck) – This shows Deb Cooney talking with a couple interested in what All Clams On Deck is about.