An Evening by the Sea 2019 took place at the Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach in the penthouse ballroom that overlooks the ocean as well as Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Presented by I. Lorraine Thomas, the event drew 160 guests who gathered to honor community leaders Heather Geronemus of Ultimate Software, Bill Walker of the Water Taxi of Fort Lauderdale and Peggy Olin Fucci of One World Properties. An Evening by the Sea netted more than $85,000 to support the Friends of Birch and our efforts to preserve, conserve, enhance and promote our 180-acre nature park.