“The TREE Foundation deeply regrets the passing of our beloved Board President, Gerri Aaron, but also celebrates her life and legacy. Thanks to Gerri (aka, our Mother Nature) forest research and exploration is more vibrant than ever, and education about trees is thriving. Gerri’s legacy is both local and global, from the Myakka Canopy Walkway in Sarasota, Florida to providing tree books for girls in Ethiopia and the Amazon. Thank you, Gerri, and Rest In Peace.” — Meg Lowman
Article from yourobserver.com:
…Aaron, a celebrated philanthropist in Sarasota and her native Philadelphia, died Thursday. She was 91.
Aaron’s impact in the community is so widespread, it would be harder to find organizations that didn’t benefit from her generosity than those that did. Children First, Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s, Sarasota Orchestra, JFCS of the Suncoast, The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center, Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, Season of Sharing, American Jewish Committee West Coast Florida and the Tree Foundation — the list of her involvement goes on and on.
Yet her mission was simple. She loved kids, she loved music and, most of all, she loved people…