On August 16--a perfect summer evening--community leaders, state and local officials, business owners, and many “Friends of SOLA3” gathered at the beautiful home of John and Bryn Burke to celebrate SOLA3’s 10th Anniversary and to raise funds to accomplish its mission.

Sallie Forman led off the short program by announcing SOLA3’s gift to the community: a bird identification marker that will be installed on the western shore of Silver Lake. David Small, Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, praised SOLA3 for its diligence, perseverance, good research, education, and positive relationships. Delaware House and Senate tributes to SOLA3, sponsored by Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf and Senator Ernie Lopez, were presented by Senator Lopez. A citation from Governor Markell proclaimed that the day belonged to SOLA3. The mood was spiked with a lively silent auction as guests bid on numerous items donated by individuals and businesses, ranging from fine wines to a signed print of Silver Lake to an elegant dinner for four. Fifteen top area restaurants satisfied the hungry guests with a dazzling array of creative hors d’oeuvres. Fair to say a good time was had by all at this very successful celebration.

SOLA Board et al Gala

 The SOLA3 Board and other key celebrants: John Burke, Nancy Cullen, Mike Boyd, Sallie Forman, Tom Childers, David Small, Ernie Lopez, Byrn Burke, Toni Sharp, and Dan Payne.


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