MEMORIAL PARK CONSERVANCY’S GREEN GALA
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
The Forest Club
9950 Memorial Drive
Houston, Texas 77024
Gala Co-Chairs: Kit Detering and Carmen Knapp
Gala honorees: Stephanie and Brad Tucker
Ima Hogg Volunteer of the Year Award Recipient: David Doherty
Cocktail reception and seated dinner benefiting Memorial Park Conservancy. (Catered by the venue.)
An intimate evening picnic. Think Mason jars, checkered linens, live music, and plenty of comfort food. Evening casual attire.
Ticket start at $500; Tables start at $5,000.
Holli Clements, Development and Marketing Manager
About Memorial Park
At 1,500 acres, Memorial Park is Houston’s largest urban-center park and is almost double the size of New York’s Central Park
It is located in a prime location near the intersection of IH-10W and IH-610S, bounded on the south by Buffalo Bayou
The park encompasses approximately 20 miles of trails
Approximately 4 million Houstonians visit Memorial Park each year
Over 10,000 runners use the Seymour Lieberman Exer-Trail daily
Over 65,000 rounds of golf are played each year
Over 42,000 tennis court reservations are made annually
Facilities for jogging, tennis, hiking, biking, picnicking, and wildlife are all available, and one of Houston’s best 18-hole golf courses
Over 85 species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish
Over 160 species of birds
Hundreds of varieties of trees, shrubs, and woody vines
About Memorial Park Conservancy (MPC)
MPC is a private, non-profit organization created to restore, preserve, and enhance Memorial Park for the enjoyment of all Houstonians, today and tomorrow
MPC’s vision is to implement the principles of world-class park management and stewardship in partnership with the Houston community
A volunteer Board of Directors is led by Chairman Steve Jenkins, and a highly qualified staff works under the leadership of CEO Shellye Arnold. MPC works in partnership and with the guidance of the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD), the City of Houston (COH) and the Uptown Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ).
In partnership with HPARD and the TIRZ, MPC delivered the 2015 Memorial Park Master Plan as well as Park Operations and Maintenance Plan, both of which were approved by Houston City Council in 2015.
As of February 2016, Memorial Park Conservancy is operationally responsible for managing 1,100 of the park’s 1,500 acres including the green spaces, open spaces and trails.