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Bette Midler
Founder, New York Restoration Project
2008 Rachel Carson Award Honoree

Celebrated entertainer Bette Midler founded the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) in 1995 in the belief that clean, green neighborhoods are fundamental to the quality of life, and that every community in New York City deserves an oasis of natural beauty.

Accomplishments include establishing 57 gardens, cleaning over 400 acres; transforming an illegal dumping ground into a new 5-acre public park on the Harlem River, and giving over 10,000 economically disadvantaged youngsters free environmental education and recreational programs. NYRP recently announced a partnership with Mayor Michael Bloomberg's PlaNYC and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation to Launch MillionTreesNYC, an initiative to plant one million trees in the City.

Ms. Midler's award-winning career as a performer spans stage, screen, and recording studio. She received a Grammy for her platinum-selling album, The Divine Miss M; a Tony Award for her appearance at Broadway's Palace Theatre, and two Oscar nominations. She received two Emmy Awards, one for her touching farewell song to Johnny Carson on his final broadcast as host of The Tonight Show. In March 2008 she opened in Las Vegas to rave reviews. Per The New York Times, "Like all great showgirls, she may wear sequins like a second skin, but the woman underneath is all flesh and blood, humor and heart."

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