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ForeverGreen Luncheon

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April 24, 2023

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Embassy Suites 670 Verdae Boulevard Greenville, South Carolina 29607


Upstate Forever’s ForeverGreen Annual Awards Luncheon celebrates individuals and organizations for significant contributions in fields related to conservation and sustainable growth. This year's event will also include a special celebration of Upstate Forever's 25 years of work protecting our region's critical lands, waters, and unique character. This year’s award recipients are: TOMMY WYCHE LAND CONSERVATION CHAMPION AWARD R. Glenn Hilliard, for his tireless advocacy for trails, green spaces, and natural places in the Upstate, for his determined quest for excellence in conservation outcomes, and for his leadership in the Saluda Grade initiative. CLEAN WATER CHAMPION AWARD Ben Duncan, South Carolina Chief Resilience Officer, for his determined advocacy at the state level for enhanced water quality and smart approaches to resource protection. PUBLIC SERVANT OF THE YEAR AWARD The Honorable Chandra E. Dillard, for her consistent voice in support of important land and water protection issues in the Upstate and statewide, and for her leadership as a voice for conservation statewide. BRAD WYCHE EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Dr. Joab M. Lesesne, for a lifetime of dedicated service to the natural world; for his conservation efforts in the Upstate and beyond; for his dedicated service to Upstate Forever as an advocate, board member and board chair; and for his leadership throughout the state as a voice for common-sense approaches to land and water conservation. Early bird tickets are available at the rate of $45 each through Friday, March 24. After that, tickets are $60 each and will be on sale until the luncheon begins. If you, your business, or organization are interested in sponsoring this year's luncheon and celebration, please contact Murray Benson at 843-685-5852 or