MPF’s Virtual Annual Dinner to be held August 28, 2020

August 18, 2020 | News

The 54-year-old prairie conservation organization and land trust welcomes everyone to this free event to celebrate Missouri’s prairies.

Jefferson City, MO (August 18, 2020)—The Missouri Prairie Foundation’s (MPF’s) Annual Dinner, traditionally held in August, is a celebration of prairies and an evening of fellowship with prairie supporters. This summer, instead of an in-person gathering, the nonprofit organization is hosting a virtual prairie soirée on Friday, August 28 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. (CST). Tickets are free, and everyone is welcome.

“During our virtual event, we will announce our 2020 MPF and Grow Native! program awardees,” said MPF Executive Director Carol Davit. “In addition, we will have great “door prize” drawings, recognition of donors, announcement of a special match giving opportunity, and we will premiere a brand new MPF video.”

Beautiful photographs highlighting MPF prairies will be shared during the event, as well as special messages from these “conservation celebrities”:

  • Dr. Peter Raven, President Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden and world-renowned conservation champion
  • Dr. Douglas Tallamy, entomologist and author of Nature’s Best Hope
  • Dr. Alice Tipton, prairie fungi scientist
  • Dr. Chip Taylor, founder of Monarch Watch
  • Dr. Mark Robbins, ornithologist with the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum
  • Mr. Noppadol Paothong, nationally renowned wildlife photographer

Concurrent with the event, from August 25 through noon on August 29, MPF invites all to bid on works of art, historic books, outdoor experiences, and many other unusual silent auction items, with proceeds benefiting MPF’s conservation work.

Registration information and more details, including a list of individual Virtual Annual Dinner sponsors, are available at MPF will make beautiful prairie “back drop” photos and special recipes available for registrants to use during the event, as well. Questions? Please contact MPF at 888-843-6739.

The Missouri Prairie Foundation is a 54-year-old membership organization and land trust that protects and restores prairie and other native grasslands through acquisition, management, education, and support of prairie research. The organization owns 23 properties totaling more than 3,200 acres of prairie across the state, and with partners, inspires the conservation of thousands more. The Missouri Prairie Foundation is also home to the Grow Native! native plant education and marketing program and the Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force.

CONTACT: Brooke Widmar, 888-843-6739 or

Photo: R.S. Kinerson


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