The Mono Lake Committee will carry on the inspirational legacy of the late Andrea Mead Lawrence, Olympic double gold medalist, mother of five, visionary environmental leader, 16-year Mono County Supervisor, and advocate for Mono Lake’s protection.
After Andrea’s passing in 2009, her non-profit, the Andrea Lawrence Institute for Mountains and Rivers (ALIMAR), faced the difficult decision of charting a path forward. Led by Andrea’s daughter Quentin, ALIMAR approached the Mono Lake Committee, and the two groups crafted a practical and efficient plan to transfer the ALIMAR program to the Committee. The Mono Lake Committee’s newly-created Andrea Lawrence Fund will promote and celebrate Andrea’s vision with an emphasis on facilitating collaborative planning and inspiring youth to become environmental leaders.
This spring, the Mono Lake Committee invites the public to join with us in reviving a tradition that Andrea established in 2007: the Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner. The dinner will honor a local organization with the Andrea Lawrence Award for passionate engagement in community and the land; the 2011 award recipient will be announced on April 6.
There will be a keynote address by Ron Nichols, the new General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. Nichols has 35 years of experience in the electric and water utility industries with particular depth in California and adjoining states. His address will present a chance to learn about the Department of Water and Power’s perspective on water issues facing the Eastern Sierra.
The evening promises to be one of good food and interesting discussion as we remember Andrea and reflect together on the future of our region. The dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 29 in the Parallax Restaurant at McCoy Station, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. Tickets can be reserved with a $50 tax-deductible donation. For more information and to make reservations, please call the Mono Lake Committee at 760.647.6595, or email Julia: firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, April 11. -Mono Lake Committee Press Release