‘Builder’s Ball’ Raises Funds for Cope Programs at 10th Annual Gala
Over two hundred guests attended Cope Environmental Center’s “Builder’s Ball” Saturday evening and were greeted by Richmond Symphony Orchestra along with a large yellow crane with an upcycled chandelier hanging from its wrecking ball. This was the CECs 10th annual Gala dinner and auction, which raises over $30,000 for its programs. CEC focuses on hands on, outdoor environmental education, primarily through its school programs such as field trips and classroom engagements.
Hill’s Pet Nutrition was awarded the Jim & Helen Cope Environmental Leadership Award for striving for sustainability in the workplace and contributing to a healthy environment, healthy people, and healthy economy. Since May of 2014, the Hill’s Pet Nutrition plant in Richmond has not sent any waste from their production process to the landfill. Through their ZERO waste to landfill initiative, last year they reused and recycled over 7.4 million pounds of material. Also, since 2007 they have implemented several water projects and procedural changes to reduce their operational water consumption by over 7 million gallons per year, a reduction of nearly 50%.
The meal at the event was also primarily sourced from Centerville and other nearby locations throughout Indiana by caterer Jen Ferrell, owner of TASTE and RADFORD’S MEAT MARKET. After guests enjoyed the presentation and meal, they contributed their dollars through a live auction, silent art auction, and local home brew competition. Three home brewers who call themselves the “Garage Brothers” came all the way from New Castle, Indiana to lend their tasty talents. Richmond home brewer, Paul Summit, won the Judge’s Choice award for beer with his tasty Cherry Porter. Local wine maker, Troy Young, won the same award for the wine competition with his Baco Razz.
The event was sponsored by First Bank Richmond, Reid Health, Richmond Baking Company, Amy Noe Law, Wayne Bank and Trust Co., Affordable Home Care, West End Bank, Stults Family Dentistry, Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, Boston, Bever, Klinge, Cross & Chidester, Brady Ware, Melton Renzulli Wines, New Boswell Brewing Co, Leland Legacy, Forest Hills Country Club, Monarch Beverage, LWC, Inc who are architects of the new building, and Lakoff Construction Services who are about to begin constructing the new building in the coming weeks. A big thank you also to all 40 plus volunteers who ran the event and those who made donations to make the night possible.