Judy & Walter Shipley are recognized with the renaming of the
Conservancy's Center at our May 2012 Green & Silver Gala
In the spring of 2012 Greater Newark Conservancy announced the creation of a 25th Anniversary Fund, commemorating the hallmark anniversary of the organization’s founding and to honor Walter and Judy Shipley’s tremendous generosity to the Conservancy and its efforts to establish its urban environmental center in downtown Newark. In recognition of their generosity the Conservancy has renamed our Center – The Judith L. Shipley Urban Environmental Center.
The 25th Anniversary Fund is a revolving fund to provide financial security during economic downturns and major unanticipated expenses. The Fund was launched with a generous $50,000 gift from the Robert Hugin Family of Summit. Our goal is to raise $750,000 to ensure the future operation of the Urban Environmental Center’s Main Building and the successful implementation of our programming over the next 25 years.
The Fund also will help secure the Conservancy’s ability to continue to expand its programming which serves low income, inner-city residents in Newark and in nearby urban environs. To date just over $238,000 has been raised for the Fund. Generous contributions include the following: $10,000 from Frank Bennack, $30,000 from Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Whitman, $25,000 from Tishman Speyer Properties, $25,000 from J.P. Morgan Chase, $60,000 from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, and $25,000 from an anonymous donor.
The 25th Anniversary Fund builds on the Conservancy’s 25-year-old foundation. We urge everyone who believes in our work to make a generous contribution to the Fund to help provide a secure future for the Conservancy and the many constituents that we serve.