Cox Conserves Heroes

Denise thanks San Diego on the big screen before the Aug. 19 Padres Game (Photo: L. Pecchia)

We are pleased to announce that Denise Stillinger, President of the Board of the Conservancy, received FIRST PLACE in Cox Conserves Heroes!

Cox Communications, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land (TPL), announced that Denise Stillinger and teen Isabel Herrera are San Diego’s 2011 Cox Conserves Heroes. Sponsored locally by Think Blue San Diego, Cox Conserves Heroes honors individuals who are creating, preserving or enhancing outdoor places for everyone to enjoy.

Stillinger and Herrera were nominated for the program in the adult and youth categories, respectively, selected as two of six finalists by local environmental leaders, and ultimately, named the Heroes after receiving the most votes in an online public poll.

The Cox Conserves Heroes and finalists were presented with a total of $35,000 to donate to their favorite environmental nonprofit organization. All finalists were also recognized on the field at the Padres game and treated to an evening of baseball with their friends and family.

Adult Category
Cox Conserves Hero: Cardiff resident Denise Stillinger volunteers in wetlands conservation and education. She helped to create San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, to protect the lagoon and its watershed. Stillinger’s nonprofit of choice, San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, will receive $10,000.



Denise Stillinger

Denise Stillinger has donated her $10,000 award to San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy for its Environmental Education program. We thank each and every one of you who voted for Denise, and helped spread the word of her nomination to friends and colleagues. Your vote for wetlands has made a difference!

The award comes from the James M. Cox Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Cox Enterprises. James M. Cox Foundation and Cox Kids Foundation joined to donate the Cox Heroes prize money.

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