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Dr. David Haskell named honorary chair for the Goldenrod Gala

Posted on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 2:42 pm

(Sewanee, TN — July 13, 2017) — Dr. David Haskell, Professor of Biology at the
University of the South and noted author, has been named Honorary Chair of the
Friends of South Cumberland’s Goldenrod Gala fundraiser event, set for Saturday
evening, October 21st, 2017.

“I am delighted to serve as the honorary chair for this outstanding event in support of
the work of the Friends of South Cumberland, on behalf of Tennessee’s largest and
most biologically significant state park,” Haskell said. “Even as the park is growing,
daunting challenges face those who care for it, interpret its amazing natural assets, and help provide visitors with an enlightening and safe park experience. The Goldenrod Gala is a wonderful opportunity for those who care about South Cumberland State Park to show their support and give back to an area that has enriched so many of our lives.”

The Goldenrod Gala, the first of its kind for the Friends organization, will be a festive evening event in Sewanee, under a ballroom tent overlooking Lost Cove and the newly dedicated 4,000-acre Sherwood Forest area of the Park, with a gourmet dinner, prepared on-site by Chef Alex Belew; artisan-crafted cocktails and wines, and afterdinner dancing to the South Jackson Street Big Band & Orchestra.

Tables of ten are now available for reservation; only a limited number remain. Visit the Gala’s website,, to learn more, and to reserve a table for yourself, family, friends and business associates. A limited number of individual seats may be available after the table reservation period ends in August.

If your organization would like to become a supporting sponsor of the Goldenrod Gala, please contact event chair
Kelly Baggett, or (615) 594-8138 for more information. Haskell is the best-selling author of The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors (Viking, 2017) as well as The Forest Unseen (Viking, 2012), winner of the 2013 Best Book Award from the National Academies, finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, winner of the 2013 Reed Environmental Writing Award and the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History Literature.