SPON HEROES – RECIPIENTS OF THE FRANK AND FRANCES ROBINSON AWARD
Frank and Frances Robinson are considered the mother and father of the most notable environmental accomplishment in Newport Beach. They spent their adult lifetime saving and protecting, for perpetuity, the Upper Bay as an Ecological Reserve for the benefit and enjoyment of the public. This habitat is also extremely beneficial for wildlife, a vital stopping off place for migratory birds, and a nursery for acquatic life. They inspired and taught many of us the patience and fortitude it takes to achieve these important environmental successes.
The Robinson Award is given to those who have achieved stature and success in protecting Newport’s special environmental heritage as well as a way for us to continue honoring the Robinsons.
Each recipient is presented with a tree and plaque planted in their honor.
- 1997 GARY LOVELL, A COAST LIVE OAK IN CLIFF DRIVE PARK
- 1998 DR. JAN VANDERSLOOT, A LIVE OAK AT CASTAWAYS
- 1999 JEAN WATT, A CANYON LIVE OAK AT CASTAWAYS
- 2000 NANCY AND JACK SKINNER, A LIVE OAK AT CASTAWAYS
- 2001 SUSAN AND BOB CAUSTIN, A VALLEY OAK AT CASTAWAYS
- 2002 VIRGINIA HERBERTS, MEDALLION TREE AT PENINSULA PARK
- 2003 FERN PIRKLE, A FLAXLEAF PAPERBARK AT BONITA CANYON
- 2004 DR. GENE ATHERTON, A CAMPHOR TREE AT BAYVIEW PARK
- 2005 ELAINE LINHOFF, A FLAXLEAF PAPERBARK AT BONITA CANYON
- 2009 ELIZABETH STEELE, LIVE OAK AT THE ENC
Stop Polluting Our Newport (SPON) is a 501.c.3 non-profit public education organization working to protect and preserve
the residential and environmental qualities of Newport Beach.