Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA), the leading science and advocacy organization protecting the Charles River and its watershed, will honor the Museum of Science at its Champions of the Charles gala on Nov. 2.
The gala, to be held at the Museum of Science, raises funds to continue CRWA’s ongoing work monitoring and protecting the Charles River. CRWA is honoring the Museum of Science with the prestigious Champion of the Charles award for its dedication to science education and for establishing the new Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River. Accepting the award on behalf of the Museum of Science will be Dr. Ioannis Miaoulis, president and director, and Gwill E. York, chair of the board of trustees.
“CRWA’s Champion of the Charles award recognizes the Museum of Science for its commitment to excellent science education. The new Charles River gallery echoes CRWA’s approach to science and engineering and gives Museum visitors the chance to explore the Charles River through the eyes of a scientist or engineer,” said Robert Zimmerman, executive director at Charles River Watershed Association.
Previous recipients of the Champion of the Charles award include Susan Tierney, former assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Energy, in 2013 and John DeVillars, former New England administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in 2011.
At the event, partygoers will have a ball exploring the Museum of Science and celebrating an evening of science while dining on incredible food and drink. The event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased at www.champions17.eventbrite.com. Free parking for attendees will be available in the Museum of Science parking garage.
Charles River Watershed Association employs science, advocacy, urban design and education to promote resilient communities and a healthy river ecosystem. CRWA has collected over 22 years of comprehensive data on the Charles River and uses this deep understanding of the river to promote projects that will help safeguard the future of the Charles River and its communities. The Champions of the Charles raises funds to continue CRWA’s work which takes on increasing urgency as flooding and drought becomes more frequent. CRWA formed in 1965 in response to public concern about the declining condition of the Charles River. Since its earliest days of advocacy, CRWA has figured prominently in major cleanup and watershed protection efforts that have dramatically improved the health of the Charles.