Brandywine Red Clay Alliance celebrates merger with The Land Conservancy for South Chester County – Daily Local

KENNETT – Friends across Chester County have paid tribute to the invaluable importance of conservation thanks to the good work of people working together to make a difference.

The event took place in the grand ballroom of the historic Mendenhall Inn in Kennett Township. The moment marked the annual dinner and silent auction of the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance, founded in 1945.

The Brandywine Red Clay Alliance is the oldest association of small watersheds in America.

From left, Eric SkilesBrandywine Valley HVAC Warehouse Operations Manager, New Garden Dentist Jenny Chen, Christopher Baughman, Brandywine Valley HVAC Business Services Manager attend the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance at Mendenhall Inn in Kennett Township October 20. (JEN SAMUEL – DAILY LOCAL NEWS)

And this year, the alliance has grown.

In April, the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance completed a successful merger with The Land Conservation of Southern Chester County.

The merger was the end result of a 22-month process, said Jim Jordan, executive director of the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance.

Law firm Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP donated more than $80,000 in merger labor time to make the dream a reality. Jordan expresses special thanks to attorneys David A. Ebby and F. Douglas Raymond.

The Land Conservation of Southern Chester County and the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance have now joined forces for land preservation, watershed conservation and environmental education. And it was greatly celebrated on Thursday night at the Mendenhall Inn.

The Alliance is based in Pocopson Township at the 318-acre Myrick Conservation Center. With the completion of the merger, the nonprofit now has a location in Kennett Township, which will become a new focal point for educational efforts with local and regional youth.

Following the amalgamation, the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance is now the steward of seven reserves in the Brandywine and Red Clay watersheds totaling over 1,000 acres and 42 easements over 1,200 acres.

Sponsors of Thursday’s annual benefit for the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance included presenting sponsor Flyway Excavating, Inc.; reception sponsor Hicks Brothers IV; and Meadow Springs Farm; gold sponsors Pennsylvania American Water and Phillips Mushroom Farms; and silver sponsors Brandywine Valley Heating & Air Conditioning; Brown Advisory, LLC; Manito Abstract Co.; TRUIST; and Veolia.

“Supporting the Red Clay Alliance aligns pretty well with our company’s stated core value of being visibly present and participatory in the communities we serve,” said Krystal Dombay, director of sales at Brandywine Valley Heating & Air Conditioning at West Goshen. She said the West Chester-based company supports many non-profit organizations that benefit the Chester County community.

“We believe in the goals and the good work the Alliance is known for,” she said.

The Brandywine Red Clay Alliance thanks the attorneys at the law firm Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP for volunteering their time to ensure that the merger with The Land Conservancy of South Chester County can become a reality. (JEN SAMUEL – DAILY LOCAL NEWS)
The Hoffman couple attend the event Thursday in Kennett Township. (JEN SAMUEL – DAILY LOCAL NEWS)
Jim Jordan is the executive director of the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance. (JEN SAMUEL – DAILY LOCAL NEWS)
People unite for the annual Brandywine Red Clay Alliance Gala Thursday at the Mendenhall Inn Restaurant in Kennett Township. (JEN SAMUEL – DAILY LOCAL NEWS)

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