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Kate Flannery, who you might know as Meredith Palmer from The Office, acted as master of ceremonies for the event, while Boy Kong worked on a live art piece throughout the cocktail reception. Jack and Laura Dangermond were presented with the prestigious Audubon Medal for their achievements in the field of technology and conservation innovation, as well as their support for research institutions, non-profits, and schools. They are the founders of Esri, the Environmental Systems Research Institute, a leading institute in mapping and data. This award has a distinct alumni list, having been previously awarded to Rachel Carson, Robert Redford, and the Rockefeller family. The third annual $100,000 Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership was awarded to Spencer Beebe, the founder of Ecotrust, for his work in integrated solutions that build ecological and economic value. The Lufkin Prize is awarded to individuals who have dedicated their lives to on-the-ground conservation.

Boy Kong’s painting of a wood duck was later sold during the event’s silent auction for $9,500. Kong also completed a mural in Harlem as part of The Audubon Mural Project. Through this project, implemented in 2014, The Audubon Society aims to bring increased awareness to the threats birds face and the Society’s mission.

+ The National Audubon Society