Dear Friend,

Between now and September 9th we're profiling the eleven amazing women from Northeastern PA who we're celebrating this year with our Seventh Annual Women in Conservation Awards. Today is our eighth inspiring profile. 

WIC is less than a month away - buy your tickets now! 


Meet Elissa Garofalo
Woman of the Watershed

Recently retired, Elissa Garofalo’s leadership at the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor resulted in major connections along the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers along their historic canals via the D&L Trail.  These include the Mansion House Bridge at Jim Thorpe, projects connecting the Delaware Canal section through Bucks County and a merger to save the National Canal Museum and Josiah White II Canal Boat in Easton.

During her 20 year tenure with the D&L, 132 miles of the Trail have been completed; the Lehigh Valley Greenways Conservation Landscape program has become a model program and driver of THE LINK system.  Additional programs were launched and helped improve and connect the five county National and State Heritage Areas.   

Garofalo took Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management at Harvard with global participants.  She developed two regional revitalization programs and directed the update of the Corridor’s Management Action Plan. She was an early steering committee member of Philadelphia’s Regional Bicycle Network - “The Circuit”, as well as on the board and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Alliance of National Heritage Areas.

Before coming to the D&L, Elissa co-owned a small business and managed one of America’s first Main Street programs. She pioneered efforts that led to Jim Thorpe’s main street, Broadway, being named one of Great Places of America by the American Planning Association in 2013. She holds a B.S. in Urban & Regional Planning from the Pennsylvania State University and is the proud mother of Maggie and Jay Marsden.

Congratulations, Elissa!

A complete list of all 2021 honorees is available here.


Tickets for the WIC event are on sale now!

PennFuture's 2021 Celebrating Women in Conservation Awards

Thursday, Sept. 9th, 2021  - 6pm

This will be a virtual/live hybrid online event. Your ticket gives you access to the live Zoom broadcast of the award ceremony!


$40 Login Ticket for Zoom Access: 
Includes a PennFuture "Go Out and Explore" Swag Bag with: a PennFuture Cotton Draw String Bag, a PennFuture Cooling Bandana, a PennFuture Cranberry Walnut Trail Mix, and a "Tick Twister" mailed to you. Ticket also includes a $25 donation to PennFuture, which makes you a member of PennFuture!

$65 Login Ticket + Honor Your Favorite Nominee!!
Pick one of the 11 Women to make a special donation in their name. You'll be recognized for this special gift during the event! Includes Login Ticket, PennFuture Swag Bag, and a $50 donation to honor the woman of your choice! This also makes you a member of PennFuture!

NOTE: With either ticket you get one Zoom Login which can not be shared. However, you are welcome to have a gathering with your family and friends to watch the event from your home. Sorry that we can't supply the food or beverages we normally would for an event like this, but you are welcome to bring your own! It is a "Celebration" after all!

Can't make it on the 9th? No problem! A recording of the event will be made available to all ticket holders. You can also purchase a ticket as a "gift" for a friend - just let us know who you want to invite!

Special Opportunity for Small Businesses & Organizations:
Be an Award Sponsor!

Eleven Award Sponsorships are available:
one for each woman - for only $150 each. 

In addition to a Login Ticket and the PennFuture Swag Bag, we'll include your logo in all future promotional materials as well as provide special recognition during the event. 

If you would like information about being an Award Sponsor, please contact Susanne Whitehead at



This week we welcome a new sponsor: Elephant Energy! 100% clean green electricity from Pennsylvania wind and solar projects for your home for an affordable, accessible price.


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 If you would like information about sponsorship opportunities for this event, please contact Susanne Whitehead at



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