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Legendary mountain climber sticks up for nature in Houston, helps raise $480,000

Legendary mountain climber sticks up for nature in Houston

7 7153 at the Nature Conservancy luncheon November 2013
J.P. and Lillie Hutcheson, from left, and Maggie and Rob Vermillion at the Nature Conservancy luncheon. Photo by Kim Coffman
5 Joni Bairdfrom left, Mayor Annise Parker, Peter HIllary and Laura Huffman at the Nature Conservancy luncheon November 2013
Joni Baird, from left, Mayor Annise Parker, Peter HIllary and Laura Huffman at the Nature Conservancy luncheon. Photo by Kim Coffman
3 Don and Ann Short at the Nature Conservancy luncheon November 2013
Don and Ann Short at the Nature Conservancy luncheon. Photo by Kim Coffman
6 Todd Frazier, from left, Gene Dewhurst, Peter Hillary, Stevan Rutherford and Jim Daniel at the Nature Conservancy luncheon November 2013
Todd Frazier, from left, Gene Dewhurst, Peter Hillary, Stevan Rutherford and Jim Daniel at the Nature Conservancy luncheon. Photo by Kim Coffman
8 Scotty Arnoldy, from left, Laura Huffman and Earl Ship at the Nature Conservancy luncheon November 2013
Scotty Arnoldy, from left, Laura Huffman and Earl Ship at the Nature Conservancy luncheon. Photo by Kim Coffman
7 7153 at the Nature Conservancy luncheon November 2013
5 Joni Bairdfrom left, Mayor Annise Parker, Peter HIllary and Laura Huffman at the Nature Conservancy luncheon November 2013
3 Don and Ann Short at the Nature Conservancy luncheon November 2013
6 Todd Frazier, from left, Gene Dewhurst, Peter Hillary, Stevan Rutherford and Jim Daniel at the Nature Conservancy luncheon November 2013
8 Scotty Arnoldy, from left, Laura Huffman and Earl Ship at the Nature Conservancy luncheon November 2013

What: The Nature Conservancy of Texas annual conservation luncheon.

Where: Hyatt Regency

The 411: Having reached the summit of Mount Everest five times, explorer Peter Hillary, son of renowned mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary, mesmerized Nature Conservancy supporters with tales of his experiences and a chronicle of his conservation efforts, which, he said, go hand in hand with his explorations. Nature Conservancy state director Laura Huffman introduced Hillary at the luncheon chaired by Maggie and Rob Vermillion and Lillie and J.P. Hutcheson. Serving as honorary chairs were Angela and Albert Myres.

Who: Among those helping raise $480,000 were Ann and Don Short, chairs of the 50th Golden Jubilee, set for October 2014, and co-chairs Allison and Troy Thacker. Add to the conservationist-minded mix Mayor Annise Parker, Chevron's Joni Baird, Todd Frazier, Gene Dewhurst, Anne Duncan and Scotty Arnoldy.

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