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ABCA Recognizes 30 Years Of Conservation Dinners

South Huron | by Fadi Didi  

Local artists to be featured in 30th anniversary dinner, supporting conservation efforts across watershed.

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority is inviting artists to take part in the organization's 30th anniversary of fundraising dinners.

ABCA officials say April's fundraising dinner will include a charity auction with numerous items, include works from local artists.

The first ABCA fundraising dinner ran in 1990, where Tammy Laye was the featured artist.

Laye would continue to feature at the ABCA's dinners for the following five years.

Among the artists contributing are David Bannister, the late Tim Clark, Jim Dawe, Flora Doerr of Iceculture, Inc., culinary feature artist James Eddington, the late Peter Etril Snyder, Ken Jackson. Randy Jones, Rae Ann Ladouceur, Tammy Laye, David Loerchner of D. L. Creations, Teresa Marie, Fred Negrijn, Bill Nieuwland, Barry Richman, Fran Roelands, Madeleine Roske, the late Elisabeth Tonner-Keats, Catherine Weber, Kent Wilkens, and Martin Zimmer.

Net profits of the Conservation Dinner are split evenly between community conservation projects of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and community conservation projects of Exeter Lions Club.

Initiatives that have benefitted from the fundraising dinners include turtle monitoring and events in Port Franks and Ailsa Craig, nature day camps, parks and conservation areas busing for students to experience outdoor nature education programs, and a $1,000 student environmental bursary benefitting students in local communities.

The Conservation Dinner takes place on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at South Huron Recreation Centre.

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