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An Evening By The Sea At Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

The Friends of Birch State Park’s support group, the Seagull Society, is hosting the first-ever gala on the lawn of Terramar, Hugh Taylor Birch’s home in the park.  

Join us for an Evening by the Sea, a gala garden party under a tent on the lawn of Terramar overlooking the ocean. The event will take place Friday, Jan. 22, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

There will be music by the Las Olas Jazz Trio, led by Randy Berensen, with a silent auction and a live auction led by well-known auctioneer Gordon Latz. The evening is chaired by Suzanne Watson along with Janet Buhl, chair of the Seagull Society of the Friends of Birch State Park.

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Honorees for the evening are:

  • Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca, who will receive The Sandman Award for his efforts to successfully bring beach re-nourishment to Fort Lauderdale.
  • Marti Huizenga, a community icon, who will receive The Believer’s Award for her early belief in our efforts to revitalize Hugh Taylor Birch State Park after 30 years of neglect.
  • Jim Ellis, president of EDI and president of the Friends’ board of directors, who will accept the Hugh Taylor Birch Visionary Award for committing three-years of his time—and $1 million of his treasure – in support of Friends’ efforts to “bring birch back."

All funds raised that evening will go to the Friends of Birch State Park, whose mission is to help conserve, preserve, enhance and promote Hugh Taylor Birch State Park through community support. Funds will go to special projects in the park. 

Major sponsors for the event include: AutoNation, the Hudson Family Foundation, JM Family and Southern Wine & Spirits. 

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is a 180-acre jewel of green space nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. Left to the State of Florida by Hugh Taylor Birch in 1942, it is used by tourists and residents alike for recreation such as picnicking, beach-going, canoeing, biking, jogging and walking.

Click here to purchase tickets to the garden gala party.