Marshall Foundation Names Robbyn Ackner Chair Of River Of Grass Gala

Robbyn Ackner of West Palm Beach has been named chair of this year’s River of Grass Gala benefiting the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades & Florida Environmental Institute.

John and Nancy Marshall, along with Matthew and Thais Piotrowski, will serve as honorary chairs for the upcoming gala to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Marshall Foundation. This year’s gala will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Colony Hotel Pavilion (155 Hammon Ave., Palm Beach).

The members of this year’s River of Grass Gala planning committee include Amy Bernard, Erik Brown, Veronica Brown, Fredda Butowsky, Sally Byrd, Lois Cahill, Jimmy Cates, Yu Ling Cui, Norman Gitzen, Jaimie Goodman, Ashley Greenberg, Beate Hambster, Kim Hanson, Bobbi Horwich, Haylee Kaye, Bonnie Lazar, Denise Mariani, Nancy Marshall, Barbara McDonald, Thais Piotrowski, Michele Poole, Bernadette Shalhoub, Paul Suschak, Karen Vaughn, Phyllis Verducci, Kelly Wagner, Linda Wartow, Elaine Weber, Gisele Weisman, Jody White and Barbara Wilkinson.

“We are overjoyed that our valued friends and supporters have generously agreed to play leading roles in this important annual event,” Nancy Marshall said. “We know that their active involvement — and that of our soon-to-be-announced ambassadors and jewels of the Everglades — will ensure that our eighth annual River of Grass Gala will be bigger and better than ever.”

The River of Grass Gala funds 100 percent of the foundation’s grassroots environmental projects throughout the year, educating the next generation about the critical importance of the Everglades.

Tickets for the River of Grass Gala 2013 are $350 per person. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (561) 203-9004 or visit

ABOVE: Gala honorary chairs Nancy Marshall and Thais Piotrowski with chair Robbyn Ackner.