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Earth Charter of Sanibel donates to Calusa Nature Center

By Staff | May 7, 2010

Nature Center executive Jennifer Cleary, left, accepts a check from Donna Roberts of Fort Myers.

Earth Charter of Sanibel (ECOSanibel) board members Donna Roberts and Chip Hoffman recently hosted an event at Roberts’ home in Fort Myers as a benefit for the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium in Fort Myers. 

A capacity crowd of 17 guests attended the event, which was billed as an Earth Charter meal. The outcome was a check for $1,260, which Roberts later presented to Nature Center executive director Jennifer Cleary.  

“In 2003, our group held a successful Earth Charter summit at the Nature Center, and due to our shared goals, we have had a positive relationship during the years since," Roberts explained. "When I read last fall that the Center was having financial difficulties, we conceived the idea of hosting an Earth Charter educational program that would raise funds to help them.”

The Earth Charter is declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the launching of the Earth Charter at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands. 

An Earth Charter meal is one in which all elements are carefully chosen to reflect these principles, including locally-grown and organic items, especially those that are produced in a sustainable manner. Chip Hoffman’s culinary skills were evident in the delicious meal, which included curry carrot soup; mixed fresh vegetable salad; Thai eggplant with coconut peanut butter sauce and brown rice or Pine Island crab cake and shrimp with grit triangle and green beans; Key lime mousse with shaved white chocolate; organic wines and fresh-squeezed juice. 

Rosie Emery, creator of The Little Earth Charter for Children, strums a song during the benefit dinner.

WGCU-TV’s Curious Kids Ambassador Rosie Emery provided musical entertainment, and Dr. Bill Hammond made a brief presentation on the history and future hopes of the Calusa Nature Center. Tylor Stewart, a teacher at The Sanibel School, encouraged everyone present to join in reading Earth Charter principles from artfully prepared cards. Proceeds were enhanced by sales of Chip Hoffman’s photographs and Charles Sobczak’s new book, “Living Sanibel.”

ECOSanibel is a non-profit, non-partisan, island-based educational organization dedicated to providing opportunities for studying, advocating, and upholding those principles of the Earth Charter that are appropriate for Sanibel. Members are those who care not only about the sanctuary nature of Sanibel Island but also about the well-being of the entire human family, now and in the future, and the larger living world.

For more on the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, visit www.calusanature.com. For further information on the Earth Charter, go to www.earthcharter.org.

Dinner guests Georgia Darehshori, left, and Suzanne Weinheimer.