We were pleased to honor and celebrate some of our biggest and best supporters on April 23 during our awesome annual Cirque de la Mer fund-raiser.
For their commitment to environmental education, the families of Rob and Katharine “Kit” Rohn of Darien and Michael and Nancy Herde (formerly of New Canaan), as well as the Norwalk law firm of Shipman & Goodwin, LLP, are recipients of The Maritime Aquarium’s 16th annual Red Apple Awards.
The awards honor companies, organizations and individuals who share The Maritime Aquarium’s concern for the natural world and environmental education.
The Rohn Family
Rob Rohn, a founding principal with Sustainable Growth Advisers, is current chairman of The Maritime Aquarium’s Board of Trustees. He’s been a board member since 2006. Kit Rohn has worked for Inform, an environmental research organization, and the National Audubon Society, which was chaired nationally for 15 years by her late father, Donal O’Brian. She also is a founding member of Conservation International.
Kit and Rob Rohn chaired the Aquarium’s 2013 “Cirque de la Mer.” Their children have been active at The Maritime Aquarium as well. Daughter Katie served an Aquarium internship, and son Nick has been a volunteer.
“As Board chairman, Rob guides the Aquarium with intellect, patience and commitment,” Davis said. “He and Kit always bring a warm graceful presence and passion to their involvement. They inspire us, and we are grateful for all they have done for The Maritime Aquarium.”
The Herde Family
The Herdes, formerly of New Canaan, now live in Massachusetts. Michael Herde, head of compliance for Fidelity Investments, is a former member of The Maritime Aquarium’s Board of Trustees. Nancy Jumper Herde was a member of the Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk (one of the original founding organizations of The Maritime Aquarium).
In 2010, the Herdes sponsored an element of The Maritime Aquarium’s new exhibit, “Go Fish! Long Island Sound & Beyond.” The exhibit’s Jumper Herde Café is a mock café that demonstrates how we – as seafood consumers – can make good choices in markets and restaurants to help support healthy fish populations and smart fishing methods.
One of Michael and Nancy’s four children, Hannah, while in high school, volunteered and interned at the Aquarium and served as co-chair of The Maritime Youth Advisors.
“We miss all of the Herdes, for their devotion to the Fairfield County community, for their influence on the Aquarium’s story and for simply being a collection of tremendous individuals all together in one admirable family,” Davis said.
Shipman & Goodwin, LLP
Senior Partner Mike Widland, his partner, Robin Frederick, and others at Shipman & Goodwin have donated countless pro bono hours to The Maritime Aquarium over the years. Widland is a longtime member of the Aquarium’s Board of Trustees, and has served as its chairman, vice chairman and – currently – its secretary.
Davis said Widland has been involved in virtually every major governance decision made during much of The Maritime Aquarium’s history.
“Mike has guided the Aquarium with wisdom over the years,” Davis said. “His connections, insights and expertise have been vital to us here in Norwalk and Hartford.”
Watch this space for more photos from this successful evening!