Visionary Dinner: A Celebration of Sustainability

Andrea Pinabell, Paul Hawken and Southface Board President, John Lanier at Southface's Visionary Dinner
Southface president, Andrea Pinabell, with 2019 Argon Award Winner and environmentalist, Paul Hawken, and former Southface board president and Executive Director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, John Lanier.

Each year, Southface Institute convenes forward-thinking innovators who are committed to building an equitable and sustainable future, uniting them for an evening of thought leadership, exquisite food and fine wine pairings. This annual event raises awareness and guarantees a secure future for Southface’s continued work in creating vibrant, healthy communities for all.

This year, on September 19 at Flourish in Buckhead, Southface brought together some of Atlanta’s finest chefs to curate a farm-to-table inspired meal, complete with local ingredients. Southface is proud to have presented the 2019 Argon Award to environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist Paul Hawken and his work with Project Drawdown. Hawken has dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. That evening, he spoke about the urgency to address the warming climate, as well as the many methods already being implemented all over the world in order to bring carbon “back home,” out of the atmosphere, to mitigate global warming.

Dance member of Balletnic dancing at Visionary Dinner 2019
A dance performance from Ballethnic Dance Company, a grantee of Southface’s GoodUse resource-efficiency grant program for nonprofits.

A highlight of the evening was a performance by Ballethnic, a dance company from East Point, Georgia, and grantee of Southface’s GoodUse nonprofit solutions program. The company performed a dance to Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” and an original dance called “Euphoria.”

A big thank you to everyone who came out to support Southface’s work!

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