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OSI Honors Leonard Lauder with The 2008 Land Conservation Award and The Barnabas McHenry Hudson River Valley Awards Announced

New York, NY - April 9, 2008- Today the Open Space Institute (OSI) presented Leonard A. Lauder with the 2008 Land Conservation Award, which honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the fields of land conservation and environmental protection. 

In addition, OSI also announced the three recipients of the Barnabas McHenry Hudson Valley Awards, funded by an endowment raised by OSI.  These annual awards will provide financial support to promising young leaders and exemplary projects that make significant contributions in three main areas environmental conservation, historic preservation, and the arts in the Hudson River Valley.

The awards were announced at OSI’s annual luncheon today at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. Jamie Niven, Chairman of Sotheby’s North and South America, served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event that featured Governor George E. Pataki, as the keynote speaker. Approximately 300 people attended.  

Leonard Lauder is Chairman of The Estee Lauder Companies, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. Mr. Lauder is extremely active in the worlds of education, art, politics and philanthropy. 

Honored today for his work with OSI, Mr. Lauder’s devotion to national and international conservation efforts was recognized, as well as his corporate leadership to improve conservation practices. 

The Barnabas McHenry Hudson River Valley Awards were created in 2007 to honor OSI trustee Barnabas McHenry’s extensive contributions and accomplishments, to celebrate Barney’s leadership, and to foster future leaders in the Hudson River Valley in environmental conservation, historic preservation and the arts in the Hudson River Valley. The Awards support pairings of young leaders and exemplary projects.

Three recipients were announced today: David Jakim, a SUNY New Paltz student will work with Hudsonia Ltd. in the field of environmental conservation; Alyson Mazzone, a graduate of Salve Regina University will partner with Olana in the area of the arts; and Jessica Friedlander, a graduate of Marist College will work with the Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist in the field of historic preservation.

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