Star Studded EVERGLADES FOUNDATION Event with Billy Joel, Lionel Richie

Star Studded EVERGLADES FOUNDATION Event with Billy Joel, Lionel Richie


Star Studded EVERGLADES FOUNDATION Event with Billy Joel, Lionel Richie

The Everglades Foundation celebrated 30 years of Everglades restoration progress. The Everglades Foundation is a science-based non-profit dedicated to restoring and protecting America’s Everglades – the largest ecosystem restoration project in the world.

Billy Joel and wife Alexis, Lionel Richie, Jack Nicklaus and wife Barbara, and hosted by Tennis Champion, ESPN Analyst, Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and Floridian Mary Joe Fernandez along with Everglades Foundation Chairman Carlos de la Cruz Jr., Kathy & Paul Leone, Dani Moore, Diana Barrett & Bob Vila, Sonia & Paul Tudor Jones, Robert & Dr. Dana Kraft, Elaine & Ken Langone, Gary Lickle & Michele Henry, Jim & Sara McCann, Anne & Clay Rohrbach, John Hendrickson, Ashley & Mike Ramos, Karin Luter, Margo & Jimmy Nederlander, Cherie & Jim Flores, Lia & Tony Bohannon, Karen & John Klopp, Christine & Steve Schwarzman, Jane Holzer, Felicia Taylor & Peter Gottsegen, Susanne Durst, Mario Gabelli & Regina Pitaro, Katie & Carl Hiaasen, Ande Phipps & Tucker Frederickson, Mish Tworkowski, Kay Lawson & Ken Tropin, Gary & Lisa Cohn, Nicole & David Tepper, Suzanne & David Frisbee, Rusty & Ashley Holzer, Wall & Betsy Turner, Francesca Bodini.

  • Lionel Richie performed hits such as All Night Long, Easy, Brick House, and Stuck on You to the sold out crowd of over 600 attendees.
  • Legendary singer-songwriter Billy Joel and wife Alexis served as Honorary Chairs and were recognized for their Hurricane Ian relief work through the Joel Foundation providing long-term recovery assistance to residents in Lee County and throughout southwest Florida, with a special focus on helping the men and women that make their living on those waters.
  • Florida is the winter home for Billy, Alexis and their young daughters. The Joels announced a new gift to fund expansion of The Everglades Foundation’s PreK-12 Everglades Literacy education program in Lee County.
  • Music throughout the evening was curated by Savannah Buffett – writer, broadcaster and host of the “Savannah Daydreamin’ Radio Hour” on SiriusXM and Radio Margaritaville.
  • Generous sponsors of the event included The Breakers, Chilton Trust, VoLo Foundation, Sotheby’s, and Shades of Green.

THE BREAKERS, PALM BEACH, FL,  Saturday, February 18, 2023


The Everglades Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to restoring and protecting the Everglades through science, advocacy and education.

Since its founding in 1993 by a group of local outdoor enthusiasts, The Everglades Foundation has become a respected and important advocate for the sustainability of one of the world’s most unique ecosystems.

For more information, please visit


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