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May 13, 2013 - Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale Tribute Honoring Gale Butler

Where: Riverside Hotel

When: April 25, 2013

Beneficiary: Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale

Mistress of Ceremonies: Eugenia Duncan Ellis

Committee Members: Pat Demos, Courtney Crush, Mark Budwig, Gregory Oram, Michael Weymouth, Connie Loewenthal and David Dawson

President(s): & CEO Eugenia Duncan Ellis

Sponsors: AutoNation, BB&T, Marti & Wayne Huizenga, Nova Southeastern University, WLRN, Bank of America, Bimini Boatyard, Holy Cross Hospital, JM Family, Crush Law, First Southern Bank, Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust, Lochrie & Chakas, P.A., Miller Construction, Northern Trust, Patriot Insurance, Riverwalk Plaza Building, Starmark, Stiles, Downtown Development Authority, Las Olas Wine Café, Cymbal Development/Marina Lofts & McKinley Financial

Attire: Business

Special Thanks: Mayor Jack Seiler

Planning Committee: PLANNING COMMITTEE: Chair:Patrice Demos, Mark Budwig, Courtney Callahan Crush, David Dawson, Connie Loewenthal, Gregory Oram & Michael Weymouth

Steering Committee: HOST COMMITTEE: John Brandt, Lacey & Zane Brisson, Mark Budwig & Nick Scalzo, Connie Chaney, Courtney Callahan Crush & Jason Crush, Patrice & Jim Demos, Janey & Doug Eagon, Eugenia Duncan Ellis and Dick Ellis, Lisa Scott-Founds, Janna & Dr. George Hanbury, Jeannie & Steve Hudson, Marti & Wayne Huizenga, Alice & Mike Jackson, Lisa Kitei, Chris Madsen, Lynn Mandeville, Nuccia McCormick, Ginny & Tom Miller, Gregory Orman, Renee & Michael Quinn, John Ropes, Lee Sheffield, Jamie & Terry Stiles, Kelly Alvarez Vitale & Randall Vitale & Chris Wren

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Riverwalk Tribute Honoring Gale Butler
was held Thursday, April 25, 2013


Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale honored Gale Butler for her role in the growth and development of Riverwalk Park and downtown Fort Lauderdale at the Riverwalk Tribute on Thursday, April 25. The event was held at The Riverside Hotel, 620 E. Las Olas Blvd., on the eighth floor ballrooms and balcony.

The evening began with honored guests, sponsors and special ticket holders gathering for a VIP cocktail reception, starting at 5 p.m. Following the VIP reception, cocktails, hors d’eouvres and a special presentation was held from 6 until 8 p.m. The evening will feature live entertainment, silent auction, raffles and prizes.

Proceeds from the event will assist Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale in its mission to promote, enhance, activate and beautify the Riverwalk community and downtown Fort Lauderdale.

In 1997, Gale joined what is now AutoNation, an $18 billion automotive retail company with 250 new car dealerships throughout the United States. She serves as Vice President of Corporate Affairs and reports to Chairman and CEO Mike Jackson. Her responsibilities include steering AutoNation’s corporate support toward worthy causes both in South Florida, Florida and nationally.

“When one stops to consider how a city becomes a great city, it is clearly done by the commitment of government, businesses and the community,” said Genia Duncan Ellis, President and CEO of Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale. “Gale Butler personifies that individual in a community that makes a city great by her thoughtful guidance and continuing commitment. Riverwalk and Downtown Fort Lauderdale are classic examples of some of the successes led by Gale.”

“Gale Butler was chosen unanimously by the Board of Directors of Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale for this honor,” added Courtney Callahan Crush, chairman of the board. “We were thrilled to pay tribute to someone who has tirelessly supports her community.”

The Tribute Planning Committee included: Pat Demos, Courtney Crush, Mark Budwig, Gregory Oram, Michael Weymouth, Connie Loewenthal and David Dawson.

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization responsible for the programming, beautification and activation of Riverwalk Park and the Downtown community. We are composed primarily of volunteer private citizens and overseen by a board of directors. All members uphold the organization’s directive, as stated in its mission statement, “to be the catalyst in building and nurturing Riverwalk as a vibrant community connected by the New River.” We fund our mission through hosting a wide range of fundraising, networking and membership events, grants, and by publishing local information on our informative website and in Go Riverwalk Magazine.


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