Virtual Annual Dinner

2022 Annual Dinner

MPF invites prairie supporters to a celebration of prairies on Saturday, August 27 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom:

The MPF Virtual Annual Dinner & Silent Auction
(Auction bidding will begin August 23 and end August 27.)

Featuring Speaker Dr. Reed Noss presenting
“From Missouri to Florida: The Conservation Significance of Southeastern Grasslands.”

During the evening, we will announce MPF and Grow Native! awardees,
offer 10 $50 gift certificates to Missouri Wildflower Nursery as random drawing gifts,
and learn from speaker Dr. Reed Noss.

MPF decided to make this a virtual event rather than an in-person one to make it easier for more people to enjoy the evening and to help keep prairie supporters safe during the spread of the latest Covid variant.
Registration is free to all; individual sponsorships and donations are welcome.

Conservation biologist Dr. Reed Noss
is author of Forgotten Grasslands of the South, Chief Science Advisor for the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative, and President and Chief Scientist for the Florida Institute for Conservation Science. His educational background includes a B.S. in Education with an emphasis in outdoor and environmental education from the University of Dayton, an M.S. in Ecology from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, and a PhD in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida. Over his long career, Dr. Noss has worked for outdoor schools, natural history museums, Ohio State Parks, the Ohio natural heritage program, the Florida Natural Areas Inventory, the Environmental Protection Agency, and several universities in multiple states. He also owns conservation consulting businesses. One of his recent projects is leading a team to review the species status assessment process for grassland-associated species of the Southeast. Dr. Noss’s presentation on August 27 will focus on the critical importance of native grassland conservation, including Missouri’s biologically diverse prairies.


If you would like to donate an outdoor experience or item to our Silent Auction,
please send a message to
Auction bidding will begin August 23 and end August 27.

Thank you to our sponsors

Speaker sponsors: Maddie Johnston and Bruce Johnston

Award sponsor: Emily Pulitzer

Individual and couple sponsors, as of August 23, 2022:
Linda & Bob Ballard
Mark Belwood
Fran & Harvey Cantor
Richard Crabb
Meredith Donaldson
Harold & Jill Draper
Vernon & Judy Elsberry
Dennis & Leasa Evans
John & Kathy Fayant
Carolyn Flynn
Nancy Grandgeorge
Grasshopper Sparrow
Susan Hazelwood
Doug Helmers & Amanda McColpin
Bob & Barb Kipfer
Mike Leahy & Carol Davit
Janice Lee
Glenn & Judy Longworth
Linden Mueller
Mary Nemecek
Jerry Overton
Judi Polson
Charles & Charlotte Skornia
David & Judy Young