William C. Huff donates turtle sculpture to Rookery Bay Reserve

William C. Huff has donated their turtle sculpture from Turtles on the Town to the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. A ceremony celebrating the official turtle dedication gift was held on November 30. Jim Henderson owner of William C. Huff, along with his staff, were pleased to have their turtle have a permanent home where the public can enjoy its artistic uniqueness.
Henderson has been working with the Friends of Rookery Bay over the past several months to coordinate the turtle gift. The turtle will be on display at Rookery Bay’s Environmental Learning Center for guests to enjoy. The turtle sculpture was designed and painted by local artist Bradford Hermann. The Friends of Rookery Bay is excited to provide a permanent home for “Deflective Paradigm,” a Turtles on the Town sculpture.
Turtles on the Town was a collaboration designed by the Community Foundation of Collier County, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the United Arts Council as an engaging arts project. The endeavor was designed to support the arts, environment and promote charitable giving. The project featured 50 loggerhead sea turtle sculptures that were displayed throughout Collier County. William C. Huff was the logistics sponsor of the event and received a turtle for their support.
“The generous donation of this beautiful sea turtle sculpture to the Rookery Bay Reserve is greatly appreciated. The new turtle will help greet the thousands of people that visit Rookery Bay’s Environmental Learning Center each year, to learn more about their coastal environment,” said Athan Barkoukis, Executive Director of Friends of Rookery Bay.
According to Barkoukis, Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is a perfect location for the turtle. Rookery Bay Reserve’s 110,000-acres of pristine coastal environment include barrier island beaches that are used by hundreds of loggerhead sea turtles each year for nesting grounds. Following the Deepwater Horizon spill six years ago, biologists released over 130 endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles into Rookery Bay waters because it represents one of the Gulf’s most important feeding grounds for these turtles.
“If our gift can help educate the public about sea turtles and protecting our environment, we will be pleased,” says Henderson. “The Rookery Bay mission is important to all of us.”
William C. Huff is a full-service company which specializes in complete personalized logistics support for high and ultra-high net worth home owners, builders, designers, architects and estate managers. With a wide range of services for local, national and international clients, the company also serves as an art shuttle, and specialized antique/heirloom handlers.
For more information about William C. Huff Companies, call 800-231-3557 or visit www.wchuffmoving.com.

This article was submitted by a Guest Author of the Above Board Chamber.