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Walking Mountains Science Center raises over $450,000 in one night

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AVON — Walking Mountains Science Center was overwhelmed with the generosity of the community on July 7 at its annual fundraising event, A Taste of Nature, held at its Science Center in Avon. The event was sold out with the largest attendance to date of over 350 guests. Through the generosity of the community, they were able to raise over $450,000 (88 percent increase from the previous year) in just one night to continue its mission of awakening a sense of wonder and inspiring environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education.

"It was a magical and inspiring evening for Walking Mountains Science Center," said Markian Feduschak, president of Walking Mountains Science Center. "We are truly lucky to have a community whose generosity comes second to none when it comes to supporting our mission. The funds we raised are instrumental to fulfilling our mission and we would like to thank the community for their support."

The highlight of the evening was honoring two very special couples that call the Eagle Valley home. Alix and Hans Berglund received the 2015 Founder's Stewardship Award to recognize their commitment to inspire environmental stewardship and encourage fellow citizens to care about the natural world. Kelly and Sam Bronfman received the Reach for the Peak Award to recognize their philanthropy, focusing on conservation, education and health care, which has played a transformational role, both locally and globally. The award came with something special, a declaration from Gov. John Hickenlooper officially declaring July 7 Kelly and Sam Bronfman Day.

"I can't think of two more deserving couples to receive awards this year. They are leaders in our community and all of us at Walking Mountains are humbled by their continued support of our mission," said Pat Tierney, board chair of Walking Mountains Science Center.

Visit http://www.walkingmountains.org/taste to view pictures from the event.