Melinda Gulick Named Arizona's Cox Conserves Hero
The Trust for Public Land (TPL), in partnership wit Cox Communications, today revealed Melinda Gulick as Arizona's first Cox Conserves Hero. As Gulick's nonprofit of choice, the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy will receive $10,000.
Gulick was nominated for her long-standing commitment to and passion for Arizona's open space. By cultivating donors and working through complex financing models for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, she built important awareness among both corporations and citizens. She also volunteers for the Desert Foothills Land Trust, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, the City of Scottsdale Preserve Commission and the Desert Discovery Center Task Force.
Each of the finalists received $2,500 to donate to their environmental nonprofits of choice:
The finalists were nominated by the public and then selected by a judging circle, including:
- Jim Buster, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Legislative Director and Avondale City Councilman
- Amanda Reeve, Chair of Arizona's House Energy, Natural Resources and Environment Committee
- Dave Richins, Mesa City Councilman
- Cheryl Lombard, The Nature Conservancy
- Chris Byrne, The Trust for Public Land's
The Cox Conserves Heroes program was created through a partnership between The Trust for Public Land and Cox Enterprises, to honor everyday conservationists. Since the program launched in late 2007, more than $190,000 has been donated to local environmental nonprofits. Cox Conserves Heroes also runs in Atlanta, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Virginia.
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About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and wireless services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable TV company, Cox serves approximately 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and new media advertising.
Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in cable telephone and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For seven years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; for five years, Cox has ranked among DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com and www.coxmedia.com.
About The Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national nonprofit land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and natural areas, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. Since 1972, TPL has completed 4,250 land conservation projects in 47 states, protecting 3 million acres. TPL has helped states and communities craft and pass more than 380 ballot measures, generating $34 billion in new conservation-related funding. In Arizona, TPL has conserved more than 250,000 acres including inholdings within the Aqua Fria National Monument. www.tpl.org