2014 Magic Under the Mangroves™ surpasses goal, raises $1.3-million net to benefit Conservancy of Southwest Florida It was a magical evening in more than one sense, as the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s tenth annual Magic Under the Mangroves™ gala dinner and auction fundraiser raised a record-breaking $1.3-million net for the organization. More than 400 guests attended the March 6 event held on the grounds of the newly renovated Conservancy Nature Center. Presented by Northern Trust, the Magic Under the Mangroves fundraiser is a key source of revenue for Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Since 2005, the event has raised more than $5.6-million with all proceeds supporting the Conservancy mission to “protect our water, land, wildlife and future” in the region.“What a fantastic way for us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and pay tribute to our mission,” said Conservancy of Southwest Florida President and CEO Rob Moher. “The dollars raised help fund key initiatives such as sea turtle tracking and protection, wildlife rehabilitation, education programs for children, water quality monitoring - as well as environmental protection through sound policy development.” Lifelong Conservancy supporter and current board member, Lynne Shotwell, served as the chair of the 2014 Magic Under the Mangroves event. “The Magic Committee and Board members worked tirelessly to create an event that truly celebrates the Conservancy’s 50 years of dedication to preserving the quality of life in Southwest Florida,” Shotwell said. “Magic continues to exceed our expectations. The enthusiasm and passion of the board of directors, sponsors, event committee and staff is truly beyond compare; on behalf of the team, I extend much gratitude.” During the event, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida presented its highest honor, the “Eagle Award” to the Allyn Family. The grandfather of Lew and Bill Allyn, and Elsa Soderberg, was one of the original purchasers of Noah’s Island, a protected island located in Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Additionally, William Allyn Sr. was a boat captain at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida“We would not be here today if it was not for what the Allyn family and friends started five decades ago. Now 50 years and five generations later, the Allyn family is still engaged in preserving Southwest Florida’s unique and natural environment,” said Conservancy of Southwest Florida Board Chair Lynn Slabaugh. “Their legacy of support to our mission made the Allyn family a natural fit for the Eagle Award during the Conservancy’s 50th Anniversary year.” In addition to Northern Trust as the presenting sponsor of Magic Under the Mangroves, other sponsors of the event include Gulfshore Life, Florida Weekly, Port Royal Jewelers, Hurley Travel Experts and NBC2 News. In addition, Sabadell Bank & Trust sponsored the Feb. 9 Patron Party at the private Keewaydin Club on Keewaydin Island. The 2015 Magic Under the Mangroves is set for March 5 at the Conservancy Nature Center.