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Annual Benefit Dinner

Save the Date for The Organic Center’s 16th Annual Benefit Dinner – March 6, 2019!

Check out highlights below from this year’s Annual Benefit Dinner!

Organic science, organic inspiration, organic food, organic fun. These all came together for more than 500 organic visionaries, activists and businesses on March 8 at The Organic Center’s 15th Annual Benefit Dinner in Anaheim, resulting in just over $450,000 raised – a new record — to further the good work of the non-profit research and education organization.

The celebration, whose theme this year was “Bringing Science to Life,” featured award-winning actress, organic entrepreneur and philanthropist Jennifer Garner as the keynote speaker. The highly anticipated event – the single biggest fundraising event for The Organic Center and the largest business networking dinner at Natural Products Expo West – also highlighted new organic research, featured a scrumptious all-organic feast created by Chef Matthew Raiford, live entertainment (and dancing!) and a benefit raffle with the grand prize an organic mattress.

Dr. Jessica Shade, Director of Science Programs for The Center, said it had been an “incredible” year since the 2017 gala: “We set out to bring you major scientific advances around the big topics you care about – things like soil health, climate change, our health and the health of the planet, and this year’s research has been absolutely explosive.”

Shade highlighted the findings just released from a collaboration between the University of Virginia and The Organic Center showing that organic farming can help reduce nitrogen pollution on a global scale. This study, she explained, shows that organic farming – through its recycling of nitrogen – contributes far less to the pool of new reactive nitrogen in the environment and can help to alleviate the critical problem of nitrogen pollution. Shade said that The Center now has ten active projects with universities and government institutions, with two on track to publish in the next year.

“This year’s benefit was the biggest and the most successful since The Organic Center came under the administrative auspices of the Organic Trade Association five years ago,” said Laura Batcha, CEO and Executive Director of the Organic Trade Association. “It’s been a true honor to be able to help The Center thrive, and we look forward to the exciting projects ahead.”

Thanks to our 2018 sponsors!