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CRUSA Recognizes Work Benefitting the Environment and Communities

On November 5, 2018, Costa Rica USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA) handed out its CRUSAder 2018 awards to Christiana Figueres, for her fight against climate change, and U.S. businessman and founder of the Demain Foundation and Espressivo Theater, Steve Aronson, for his philanthropy work.

Last year, as part of its 2018-2022 strategy to promote cooperation and Costa Rica’s sustainable development, CRUSA created the CRUSAder awards, which are given out every year to Costa Rican or U.S. citizens for outstanding efforts in cooperation and collaboration between the people of Costa Rica and the U.S. in the areas of sustainable development, citizen wellbeing and economic, scientific and cultural growth.

“On this occasion we are highlighting the impressive work of Christiana Figueres, a woman who has proven herself as a global strategist, leading the negotiations of the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, and, also, Steve Aronson, who has made outstanding efforts for the country’s wellbeing through his philanthropy,” said CRUSA Executive Delegate Flora Montealegre.


Charity Dinner

The CRUSAder 2018 award dinner brought together 214 attendees who rendered homage to the winners and learned of opportunities for partnering and cooperating with CRUSA’s 2018-2022 programming strategy and its international platform, Amigos of Costa Rica.

The dinner also helped raise more than $34,000 for nonprofit organizations all around the country.

CRUSAder 2018 Beneficiaries:

CEPIA, TEENSmart, Caminos de Osa, Geoporter, Rutas Naturbanas, Proyecto Daniel, CEDES Don Bosco, CACOBA, Costas Verdes, Mar a Mar, Marviva, Conectándonos, Neotropical Foundation, and Asociación Ticos y Nicas Somos Hermanos.

CRUSAder 2018 Jury

Gally Mayer, secretary of the CRUSA Board of Directors

David Bullón, member of CRUSA’s Millenials Committee

Arturo Condo, rector of EARTH University

Harry Strachan, renowned philanthropist and CRUSAder 2017 awardee

Who are Christiana Figueres and Steve Aronson?

Christiana Figueres

She currently heads the Mission 2020 initiative, encouraging countries, organizations and individuals to reduce their carbon footprint. Named Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on May 17, 2010, Figueres had been a member of Costa Rica’s negotiating team since 1995, participating in the talks for both the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol.  She has collaborated in the design of the main climate change instruments and is a key promoter of Latin America’s active participation in the Convention. In 2016, TIME magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.


Steve J. Aronson

Founder of Café Britt Coffee Corporation Inc., he is also founder of the Demain Foundation, an organization that supports initiatives created by him in environmental education and culture under a philosophy of “active philanthropy”. In education, it promotes implementation of the International Baccalaureate in public high schools; in environment, it helps national parks with their different needs through ProParques; and in culture, it works through the Asociación Cultural Teatro Espressivo (ACTE) to develop intense cultural activity throughout the country, primarily through theater.