D&R Greenway Events

2021 Virtual Greenway Gala

                                    Artist’s rendition of the Gardens at Point Breeze and the Delaware River Overlook From:  Greenways, Winter 2020 edition

Join Us

Sunday, May 16, 2021
4:30 – 5:30 pm

From the comfort of your home!

Presentation of the
2021 Donald B. Jones Conservation Award to
James E. Lynch, Jr., Mayor, Bordentown City

Announcing Surprise Gala Speakers:
Native American Chief and NJ Green Acres Leader

Mayor Lynch

Become a 2021 Greenway Gala Sponsor with International Flair!

Each Sponsor Receives Tickets to our May 16th Virtual Gala
and an Invitation to Take Part in Unique One-Time Experiences Offered

Click Here to download the 2021 Greenway Gala Sponsorship Opportunities Form

Proceeds support D&R Greenway’s ongoing land preservation and stewardship mission,
including the renovation of the Gardener’s House into a living museum that will celebrate
the unique history of the land use and people of Point Breeze.


Announcing Surprise Gala Speakers:

Native American Chief and NJ Green Acres Leader

Turtle Clan Chief Vincent Mann and the official seal of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation.
Announcing our Latest May 16 Speaker:
Turtle Clan Chief Vincent Mann

On Sunday, May 16th from 4:30 – 5:30 pm, our Greenway Gala will celebrate the newly preserved Point Breeze in Bordentown, with a proud history that dates back 13,000 years when the Native Lenape people lived along the Delaware River.

That’s why we are thrilled to announce our latest speaker for the one-hour event is Turtle Clan Chief Vincent Mann of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation, NJ. 

Chief Mann will speak about the Lenape heritage and share thoughts on the sacred stewardship of land. He has been a frequent speaker with Ramapo College and has worked with New York University’s Environmental Studies and the Landscape Architecture Program at Rutgers New Brunswick. A leader in protecting water, Chief Mann was recognized with the Russ Berry Foundation’s highest award of Unsung Hero.

This 60-acre site was preserved forever on December 18, 2020 through a partnership of the City of Bordentown, D&R Greenway Land Trust and the State of New Jersey. Historic Point Breeze is D&R Greenway’s 315th preserved property.

D&R Greenway was the first land trust in New Jersey to acquire land with an inaugural grant from the New Jersey Green Acres Program in 1991.  Martha Sapp, Director, State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program, will join us as we recognize the 60th anniversary of this first in the nation State open space preservation program.

The line-up of fascinating speakers continues, including the Ambassador of France in the United States, Phillipe Etienne; Richard Veit, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology and Interim Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University; and Reverend Martin Padavani, M.S., sixty-year resident of Divine Word Missionaries at the Point Breeze estate.  Click HERE to learn about Divine Word Missionaries.

The event will be held virtually again and this year we’ll feature remarkable stories of our newly preserved Point Breeze in Bordentown, previously the home of Joseph Napoleon Bonaparte, former King of Spain and Naples, and where nearby, along the river, Teedyuscung, known to some as King of the Delawares, was born in 1700.

 

This oil painting by Charles B. Lawrence shows Point Breeze as it appeared two centuries ago.

 

Where can you find Two Kings, Four Nations, and One Mayor?

In Bordentown, New Jersey, on a property historically known as Point Breeze!

Following a year that has been difficult for everyone, we are thrilled to announce the return of our Greenway Gala – this year highlighting our 315th preserved property, with surprise speakers you will not want to miss.

Bordentown Mayor James Lynch will be presented with D&R Greenway’s premiere annual award – the 2021 Donald B. Jones Conservation Award –on Sunday, May 16th from 4:30-5:30 pm.

Private tours, special art and garden talks and an archeological dig are among the unique experiences that will be available to our sponsors this summer and fall, in an outdoor location following CDC guidelines.

A leader who has dedicated his life to service, Mayor Lynch and the City of Bordentown have collaborated with D&R Greenway in meaningful ways for years. The Mayor’s commitment was critical to the preservation of “Point Breeze” – the former estate of Joseph Napoleon Bonaparte. His support of D&R Greenway’s kayak education program, at Bordentown Beach, was fueled by his lifelong love of the Delaware River.

“After all my years in Bordentown, preserving this special land feels like a wonderful victory,” Mayor Lynch said. “To be honored by D&R Greenway with this meaningful award makes it feel all that more real.”

“Mayor Lynch joins a distinguished list of honorees that hold a special place in the history and future of D&R Greenway,” says President & CEO Linda Mead, who will present the award along with Board Chair Peter Dawson.  “When we walk along the Bordentown bluffs, we are taken back to other eras, remembering Native Americans who once lived along the Delaware River on this land that became home to the former King of Spain. Join us on May 16 and walk in the footsteps of history with Mayor Lynch and D&R Greenway.”

Mayor Lynch is the 27th winner of the Donald B. Jones Conservation Award, which was named for a selfless and committed preservationist. Past awardees include former Governor Christine Todd Whitman, Congressman Rush Holt, and Mary A. Leck, a preservationist who has played a key role in protecting the Abbott Marshlands, adjacent to the newly preserved Point Breeze.

Mark your calendar now for May 16, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.

 

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Click here to learn more about past recipients of the
Donald B. Jones Conservation Award

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