Sunday, June 2, 2013

Record turnout for RMA at Costa Rica Residence

April 2013

Our fundraising reception drew nearly 100 supporters of RMA to the Residence of H.E. Muni Figueres, Ambassador of Costa Rica, on April 23. This mansion, at 2324 Mass Ave next to Sheridan Circle, is famous as the home of S. Dillon Ripley, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1964-84) and a noted ornithologist.  Guests gathered in the conservatory and patio overlooking the forest of Rock Creek Park - a lovely, natural venue in the early evening sun.

RMA President Deborah Shapley described some RMA achievements: 271 trees arranged so far, (more to come), and our forthcoming book, "A Grand Avenue Revival," supported by the National Trust and others. A.M. Oduber of the Embassy described Costa Rica's successful reforestation as a model for other countries.

Guests committed  dollars and good cheer to re-forest Embassy Row. They got more: Our signature "No Mulch Volcano" lapel buttons which spread this key advice about tree care: piles of mulch at the bases of trees weakens them by hindering growth of strong root systems. 
RMA Treekeeper volunteers Jon Gossens (Northern Trust) and Chris Reynolds.
Thanks to the record turnout, the net from the party exceeded expectations! We owe very special thanks to event sponsors: Alex Venditti/TTR Sotheby's International Real Estate and - new sponsor - The Northern Trust Company.

Washington Life magazine posted photos. See Restore Mass Ave's Events page for our own exciting slideshow.  Who says tree-huggers don't enjoy a good party?

Alex Venditti, Bobbie Brewster, John Peters Irelan (Photos: WL)

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