By Stacy Martin
Darla Shelden, a veteran journalist who writes regularly for The City Sentinel, will be honored for her reporting at the Inaugural Sierra Club Gala at Oklahoma City’s Remington Park, on Saturday, September 29.
Shelden will receive the Oklahoma Chapter’s Conservation Journalism Award for 2012.
Patrick B. McGuigan, associate publisher of The City Sentinel, praised Shelden for “hard work, tenacity, passion and integrity – all the things a community newspaper needs most. Since she joined us in July 2011, Darla has become an integral part of our team dedicated to covering the heart of Oklahoma City in all its diversity and dynamism. I appreciate the Sierra Club’s recognition of Darla and of our work.”
Shelden is a freelance writer, researcher and consultant with 20 years experience in television and radio advertising. She also works at A New Energy, L.L.C., with former state Corporation Commissioner Jim Roth. She assists a variety of non-profits, including The Peace House. She formerly worked at Ackerman & McQueen, a nationally-known advertising firm.
Responding to the Sierra Club’s announcement, Shelden said, “I am so pleased to win the Conservation Journalism Award for 2012. Receiving this award from a group I respect and admire is a totally unexpected and amazing honor.”
In addition to Shelden, the Oklahoma chapter of the Sierra Club will honor other individuals “who have made a significant impact on protecting Oklahoma’s water and air and fighting for our environment.”
Sarah Hodgdon, conservation director for Sierra Club, will be a featured speaker at the gala. According to her biographical sketch, she guides the national group’s campaigns and programs including “Beyond Coal, Beyond Oil, and Resilient Habitats campaigns, as well as the Club’s outings programs and partnerships with labor, environmental justice groups, and youth. To accomplish campaign and programmatic goals, Sarah leads the Sierra Club’s teams of federal lobbyists, organizers, and lawyers.”
Another major guest at the event is a well-known Episcopalian minister, the Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston. He is “an advocate for indigenous people, a supporter of environmental care for the Earth, and a champion of reconciliation within the Anglican Communion.” Executive Director for the Episcopal Church’s Native American ministries, he has worked on reservations in the Dakotas, and as Bishop of Alaska. He was previously president and dean for the Episcopal Divinity School.
Groups or individuals interested in sponsoring the gala can consider donations ranging from $250 to $2,000. Each sponsorship level will be recognized in the event program, at the event, and in promotional materials. The gala reception for honorees and donors will be 6 p.m. to 7 pm in the Ran Ricks Room at Remington Park. Open bar and hors d’oeuvres will be served, organizers said.
The gala commences at 7 p.m., lasting until 9 p.m. at 1 Remington Place in the Eclipse Room. Tickets can be purchased online, and for more information visit here: http://action.sierraclub.org/site/Calendar?id=165661&view=Detail