An Emerald Evening

BenTaylor (2)Honoring Ben Taylor

Ben Taylor, Chair of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s board of directors and former publisher of the Boston Globe, has been a strong park advocate and champion of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy since before he joined the board in 2002. His guidance and leadership of the board have helped the Conservancy fulfill its ongoing mission to restore and improve the park for all. An avid proponent of the critical importance of the Emerald Necklace to sustain the quality of life in the city, Ben is one of the park’s strongest advocates and supporters. An enthusiastic park user himself, Ben walks or bikes pathways of the Emerald Necklace almost daily.

An Emerald Evening will be held on November 10, 2016 at 6 pm in the Koch Gallery of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The evening will include a reception and the awarding of the Olmsted Award of Excellence to our honored guest. All proceeds from the event will directly support the Conservancy’s programming in the Emerald Necklace park system.

The Olmsted Award of Excellence

The Olmsted Award of Excellence is awarded biennially to an individual or organization who demonstrates an unwavering determination to carry out Frederick Law Olmsted’s vision and commitment to urban parks. The inaugural award, made in 2013, was presented to park supporter and advocate, Sarah Freeman. The 2014 award honored former Governor Michael Dukakis.

An Emerald Evening

November 10, 2016
6:00 pm -8:30 pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Honorary Chairs
Mayor Martin J. Walsh
Michael and Kitty Dukakis
Sarah Freeman
Matthew Teitelbaum

Host Committee


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We Thank Our Sponsors



Brooke and Jeff Cook
Wendy Shattuck and Samuel Plimpton
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