George Cofer Honored This Weekend at Ninth Annual Victor Emanuel Conservation Award Luncheon

George Cofer once said that conservation has been his life’s path since he first stepped outside at the old St. David’s Hospital in Austin; that couldn’t be clearer as hundreds of people piled into the Austin Country Club on October 13th to honor his dedication to conservation at the 9th Annual Victor Emanuel Conservation Award Luncheon. Without a doubt, he has touched more lives than he has met: throughout his career, he has helped preserve 45,000 acres in central Texas, many of which are accessible to all Texans.

Honoree George Cofer with his daughter, Hanna, and wife, Mary Elizabeth.

Friends and family across all facets of his life, including his leadership at the Hill Country Conservancy and Earth Share of Texas, were present to honor the positive mark he has left on Texas lands (and people). Austin Mayor Steve Adler, a friend of George, even presented a proclamation declaring October 13, 2018 as George Cofer Day. Former VECAL Honorees Victor Emanuel, Valarie Bristol, and Andy Sansom also spoke of George’s fearless leadership.

Mayor Adler and George Cofer shaking hands upon declaring October 13th, 2018 George Cofer Day.

Thank you to everyone, near and far, who supported this year’s Victor Emanuel Conservation Award Luncheon. With your help, we set a fundraising record of more than $120,000 to support Travis Audubon! We are proud to partner with great conservationists to protect birds and their habitats, now and in the future.

Previous VECAL Honorees gather to celebrate George Cofer. Left to right: Bob Ayres, Andrew Sansom, Mickey Burleson, Georgean Kyle, Paul Kyle, George Cofer, David Bamberger, Victor Emanuel, Valarie Bristol.