Special Luncheon and Forum to Honor Senator Bob Graham, Recipient of 2005 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award
"I am honored to be called 'the father of the Everglades.' But part of the credit goes to groups like the National Park Trust. Every member of Congress should watch after their national parks, too. It is part of their duty and their legacy."
- Bob Graham
The National Park Trust (NPT) selected Senator Bob Graham to receive the 2005 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award. This recognition is given annually by NPT to honor those in public service "...who have demonstrated a lifetime of distinguished skill, resourcefulness or innovation in the preservation of land, water or historic resources for the legacy of America."
National Park Service Director Fran Mainella, Deputy Director Steve Martin and Members of Congress joined us to recognize Senator Graham.
Thursday, June 9, 2005
Reception and Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Forum: 2:30 p.m. "People, Parks and Public Policy"
Phoenix Park Hotel phoenixparkhotel.com
520 No. Capitol Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001
Senator Graham justly deserves recognition for a lifetime of commitment to parks. As Governor of Florida, he oversaw the greatest expansion of the state's outstanding park system. As U. S. Senator, Bob Graham masterminded the incomparable effort to protect and restore the Everglades ecosystem, including the parks and wildlife refuges. He was the co-sponsor of the legislation that established the first organic act for the National Wildlife System.
Senator Graham joins other great leaders who have received the Vento Award, including Lowell Thomas, Jr., John Seiberling, Connie Morella, and John Lewis. NPT established the Vento Award to honor the memory and accomplishments of the late Congressman Bruce F Vento, who devoted his public career to protecting the environment.
The Luncheon and the presentation of the Vento Public Service Award to Senator Graham was held at the Phoenix Park Hotel on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. We were joined by members of Congress, government officials and business leaders who share a common concern for the long-term, responsible stewardship of the earth's natural resources.
This was a very special opportunity to honor a true giant of America's history. We thank all supporters and participants for making it a great success.
Paul C. Pritchard