Shelby's Social Diary
Who would have imagined that an encounter at age 6 with a snake would lead Jeff Corwin to where he is today as host of the Discovery Channel's Animal Planet and as environment and science correspondent for NBC News? That reptilian rendezvous stirred the young boy's imagination, the start of a quest that became a life-long interest.
That's one of numerous intriguing stories that the entertaining Corwin delivered at the Nature Conservancy's 19th annual luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Downtown. And, of course, the punch line was the importance of conservation across the world for today and for future generations.
Taking lead positions in the luncheon that drew an impressive turnout of 500 were chairs Kim and Dan Tutcher and honorary chairs Jana and Scotty Arnoldy.
Laura Huffman, state director of The Nature Conservancy of Texas, addressed the gathering as well, applauding supporters who embrace conservation as more than a social obligation "but as sound business management that inspires other business leaders in a variety of industries."
Those with conservation on their minds included Joni Baird, Susan and Dick Hansen, David Ruiz, Anne and Charles Duncan, Ellen and Ed Randall, Colleen and John Kotts, Brenda Love and Ed Jones, Leslye and David Weaver, Kathrine McGovern, Jane Block, Bruce Connery, Shushana and Jack Castle and Rosanna and Myron Blalock.