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Greenwich Audubon Puts Earth Day To Music For Special Event

Musician Jonathan Edwards, singer and songwriter of 'Sunshine (Go Away Today)' hit from the early 1970's will perform live in Kiernan Hall in a special fundraiser for Greenwich Audubon.
Musician Jonathan Edwards, singer and songwriter of 'Sunshine (Go Away Today)' hit from the early 1970's will perform live in Kiernan Hall in a special fundraiser for Greenwich Audubon. Photo Credit: Contributed
Coordinator of the first Earth Day Denis Hayes and his wife Gail Bowyer Hayes and an image of their book, Cowed. Dennis Hayes will speak at an Earth Day event at Greenwich Audubon on April 15.
Coordinator of the first Earth Day Denis Hayes and his wife Gail Bowyer Hayes and an image of their book, Cowed. Dennis Hayes will speak at an Earth Day event at Greenwich Audubon on April 15. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. -- A man instrumental in the success of the first Earth Day and a musician whose hit "Sunshine (Go Away Today)" became a million seller in the early years of Earth Day will celebrate the environment with a talk and a concert at Greenwich Audubon.

Dennis Hayes and Jonathan Edwards will be at Greenwich Audubon for a special fundraising event for the center. It will be held Wednesday, April 15. It begins at 6:30 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception followed by the event at 7:30 p.m. in Kiernan Hall.

Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22.

Hayes, national coordinator of the first Earth Day in 1970, has been at the core of the environmental movement since its launch. He will speak about major environmental issues confronting society and "Cowed," a new book he co-authored with wife, Gail Boyer Hayes. The book is an analysis of how the beneficial, centuries-old relationship with bovines has evolved into one that now endangers us and recommends new sustainable solutions to remedy the situation.

An environmental lawyer by training, Hayes headed the federal government's Solar Energy Research Institute during the Carter administration and has taught engineering at Stanford University. Currently he is president and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation, a $100 million Seattle-based environmental foundation, is chairman of the board of the Energy Foundation, and serves on other environmental group boards.

A longtime singer-songwriter, Edwards rocketed to fame when his song, "Sunshine (Go Away Today)" was certified gold and reached No. 4 on the Billboard charts in 1972. The song touched a chord with a country that was still mired in the turbulence of the Vietnam War.

Tickets range from $40 for reserved seating, to $60 preferred seating in the front third of the room to $100 for preferred seating plus an intimate cocktail party and book signing with Hayes, which includes a copy of "Cowed."

For more information about the tickets or the event contact Audubon staff at 203-930-1349 or email: greenwichcenter@audubon.org .

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