The Bob Haas Nature Fund created
By Naomi Zerriffi
Photo by Camie Sands
When the news of Bob Haas’ passing on April 29 came out in El Charco’s May newsletter, the response was immediate. People wrote to us saying they wanted to donate to the Botanical Garden in his name. This was the impetus for Jennifer Haas and El Charco deciding to start a fund in Bob’s name, called the Bob Haas Nature Fund.
Bob has left us a legacy in San Miguel de Allende. His leadership and hard work in many organizations dedicated to nature and open spaces have made our town a better place. Bob was President of Audubon, co-founder of Amigos del Parque to improve Parque Juarez, and was part of El Charco del Ingenio from its inception and a board member since 1998. Bob and Jennifer’s ranch is an exemplary use of xeriscaping. Bob was instrumental in creating a municipal park behind the prison, avidly planted trees in Parque Landeta and helped launch an environmental education program in 23 local schools using El Charco as their “living lab.”
Bob was a dedicated fundraiser for many years at El Charco, organizing memorable events. How pleased he would be to know his efforts are being continued and this fund, in his name, will continue to support El Charco’s mission to provide a space for wildlife and birds, a tranquil place for people to commune with nature, and environmental education for our future generations.
We would like to thank those who have already contributed: Joy Emery, Shelley Cohee, Cynthia Simmons, Ali Zerriffi, Jim Ktichel and Ken Schultz of the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. All amounts are welcome and may be left at the reception area of El Charco, or at Posada Corazon on Aldama 9. If you are out of town, you can send a donation through a bank transfer. Write to Naomi for details at firstname.lastname@example.org.