On May 10, at the CNC annual gala Rockin’ at the River, the center’s trustees are taking the opportunity to honor Lou Tabickman for his dedication and service in steering the ship safely through the shoals until a new, permanent captain could take the helm.
Light the Night is the theme of this year’s gala, and the highlight of the evening will be a presentation by the nature center’s board to Lou and Pat Tabickman, selected to receive this year’s Outstanding Leadership Award.
“When we were in that transition I went to Lou and asked him to step in for three weeks as interim director,” said nature center board president Maureen Cowie. “Three weeks morphed into six months, and he didn’t blink an eye. He did the job for us as well or better than anyone could, and this is the only way we could think of to adequately thank him.”
A member of the board for the past four years, Tabickman and his wife are also strong supporters of the Roswell community, serving on boards of the Roswell Rotary Club, the Cottage School and the Roswell Woman’s Club.
“My personal passion is our natural environment. If it is anything to do with the outdoors, I am there,” Tabickman said. “When we moved to Roswell, I knew nothing about CNC. My good friend, Bob Hagan, introduced me to this little gem that we have sitting here right under our nose, and I was hooked from day one.”
The biggest challenge in those six months, he said, “was to make sure that there was no interruption in our services and that any transition of leadership was seamless to the outside world.”
This was made easy by the passion and dedication of the staff, he added. “One of the most striking things that I learned while the interim E.D. was the breadth and depth of the talent that we are fortunate to have on staff, and the amount of incredible detail and planning that go into providing excellent educational experiences and programs.” The nature center’s 127-acre riverfront is the setting for the Patron and VIP Reception with music by Chris Otts at 6:30 pm in the plaza, complete with passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.
During the reception, Fulton County Commissioner Tom Lowe will be presented with a resolution commending and recognizing his 40 years of public service as the Fulton County Commissioner to the fourth District. The gala begins at 7:30 pm when guests arrive at Kingfisher Hall. Don McBroom will entertain guests during a gourmet buffet.
Individual patron tickets are $250 and general tickets are $125 per person, with sponsorships available also. Contact DeAnn Fordham, Development Director, at (770) 992-2055, ext. 226 for tickets and information.