Annual Benefit Reception

Thursday, February 6, 2020

6:30 to 8:30 pm


Please join us at the Mexican Cultural Institute for our 2020 Benefit Reception to support the 28th Annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital.


Hosted by the Mexican Cultural Institute of the Embassy of Mexico


Honoring 2020 Environmental Champions Rear Admiral Susan J. Blumenthal M.D., M.P.A. and Senator Edward J. Markey



With a special film tribute by Francisco Campos-Lopez celebrating 20 years of joint Mexican-U.S. efforts to preserve Laguna San Ignacio in Baja, California, the last pristine breeding grounds and nursery for Pacific gray whales


Benefit Reception Co-Chairs

Carole Dickert-Scherr and Jacob Scherr
Barbara and John Franklin
Caroline D. Gabel
Gregory McGruder
Dane A. Nichols
Liz Norton
Peter O’Brien
Kristin Rechberger
Jane and Bill Stetson
Susan Vitka and Peter Fox-Penner
Gwyn Whittaker
Catherine Wyler and Richard Rymland


Host Committee

Wendy Benchley and John Jeppson
Margaret Burks and Laurence Hausman
Nelse Greenway
Anita Herrick
Jennifer Johnson
Dan Martin
H.E. Ashok Kumar Mipuri and Gouri Mirpuri
Larry and Helen O’Brien
Susan Rappaport
Sylvia Ripley and Christopher Addison
Flo Stone
Mary and Roger Wallace
Ken and Dorothy Woodcock

(As of January 16, 2020)


Now in its thirteenth year, this annual event raises funds for the upcoming Festival (March 12 – 22, 2020) in Washington, D.C., as well as our critical work throughout the year. Tickets for the Benefit Reception start at $175.


You may purchase tickets via Eventbrite, by check, or over the phone at (202) 342-2564 ext. 170.


Checks may be mailed to:
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
ATTN: Alice Sadler, Development Manager
1224 M Street, NW, Suite 301
Washington, D.C. 20005


Please RSVP by February 3, 2020. Valet parking is provided. Dress is Business or Cocktail Attire.




For more information, please contact Development Manager Alice Sadler ( or 202-342-2564 ext. 170).