International College's Humanitarian of the Year

International College will honor renowned landscape photographer and environmentalist Clyde E. Butcher with the 2005 Humanitarian of the Year Award during the annual luncheon and awards ceremony, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on March 11, 2005, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort at Tiburon in Naples.

While Butcher may be best known for his evocative black and white imagery of Florida’s swamps, International College will pay homage to his efforts as an inspiring educator and ardent defender of environmental concerns.

The Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, The South Florida Water Management District, The Everglades National Park, The National Estuary Research Center, and The Big Cypress Preserve are among the areas where Butcher has focused his camera, and support.

“Clyde Butcher has made generous expenditures of his time, and talent, to support practically every single charity in our community at one point or another,” says International College Vice President of Institutional Advancement Dr. Lou Traina.

“His local work is complemented by services performed in other regions of America and the world. Our College is especially delighted to recognize that which goes beyond his artistic genius, rather his genuine willingness to help transform public perceptions on the significance of the ecosystems captured in his photography,” Dr. Traina adds.

Butcher and his wife Nikki have resided in Florida for more than 25 years. They established an art gallery and home on the edges of The Big Cypress Preserve in 1992.

It is here that Butcher conducts walking tours among 13 acres of the preserve which essentially comprise his backyard.

His tours have attracted literally thousands of tourists and residents alike, as well as a variety of notable statesmen such as former Florida Governor Lawton Chiles and United States President Jimmy Carter.

The March 11 awards luncheon will include a biographical video on Butcher’s life narrated by the most revered voice in the broadcasting industry, Peter Thomas.

Special guest testimonials will be made by Videographer Elam Stoltcfus, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Manager Ed Carlson, and prominent Businessman John Parke Wright IV.

The Humanitarian of the Year program is cosponsored by Gates McVey Builders, Sprint Communications, Moorings Park Retirement Community, and AmSouth Bank.

Naples Attorney and International College Trustee Kathleen Passidomo will host a special private reception for Butcher and program sponsors on March 10, the night before the event.

This is the ninth year that International College has recognized citizens who have made outstanding contributions for the betterment of our community and world.

Former Humanitarians so honored are Lavern Norris Gaynor, Myra Janco Daniels, Jack Humphrey, Corbin Wyant, Earl Hodges, Frances Pew Hayes, William Schoen, and Peter Thomas.To secure tickets to the 2005 Humanitarian of the Year Program, valued at $100 per seat or $1000 for a table of ten, contact Karen Rotondo at (239) 513-1122.
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