Our Stories: 2019 DC Capital Dinner

Nat Simons and Laura Baxter-Simons celebrated as Climate Leaders at 2019 Capital Dinner

Each year, LCV’s Capital Dinner brings together some of the most committed funders, thought leaders, policy makers, and senior staff across the environmental movement in our nation’s capital of Washington, DC.

This important annual gathering helps fund LCV’s work and motivates our community around critical political and policy fights. The event is regularly attended by hundreds of LCV members and supporters, elected officials, and other influential individuals and features speakers and honorees who are on the front lines of the fight for our Earth.

Our June 12, 2019 Capital Dinner welcomed more than 800 people, including 26 members of Congress. Speakers included U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, first-term Congressman Rep. Joe Neguse (CO-02), and Virginia Climate Action volunteer Rene Candelaria.

This year, LCV was proud to award Nat Simons and Laura Baxter-Simons with our Climate Leadership Award. In 2006, Nat and Laura founded the Sea Change Foundation, which is currently working to address climate change. To foster collaboration with other philanthropic funders, Nat and Laura signed the Giving Pledge in 2017, renewing their commitment to climate change mitigation and clean energy. Their vision and dedication has allowed LCV and those working to address climate change to experiment, evaluate, innovate and implement strong policies in the U.S. that will help solve the climate crisis. In his remarks, Nat challenged all of us to do our part, because losing the climate fight is simply not an option.

We were also proud to honor three of our state partners,Chispa Arizona, Conservation Voters for Idaho, and Conservation Voters New Mexico, with the 2019 John Hunting Winning for the Environment Award for their meaningful contributions to clean energy progress in their home states. This award was created to honor LCV Honorary Board Member John Hunting’s legacy of expertise and service to the Conservation Voters Movement and to recognize the growing power of state LCVs.