Punta Gorda, FL: On December 10, 2015, the local Charlotte Bay Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) will recognize Roger and Linda Tetrault for their magnanimous gift of the Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens to the citizens of Charlotte County.
Roger and Linda Tetrault conceived the idea of creating botanical gardens with world-class sculptures and an art gallery, while preserving the natural environment and formed the Tetrault Family Foundation to fund and develop this more than $30 million gardens project.
The spectacular 27-acre waterfront gardens project currently nearing completion of Phase I, the Sculpture Garden, will ultimately feature botanical collections, architectural ingenuity and contemporary interpretive art. The Tetrault Foundation, a 501(c)(3) private nonprofit foundation, is providing one of the largest endowments for public botanical gardens in the State of Florida.
Roger E. Tetrault is the retired CEO and Chairman of the Board of McDermott International, one of the world’s largest off-shore oil companies. Previously, Tetrault was Senior Vice-President of General Dynamics, responsible for all Army Defense programs. He was also President of Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, CT, which was responsible for the construction and overhaul of nuclear-powered submarines. Tetrault is a 1963 Naval Academy graduate and in 2013, he was selected from over forty thousand living alumni as the 55th Distinguished Graduate of the United States Naval Academy.
The national DAR organization was founded by daughters of the patriots of the Revolutionary War and is this year celebrating its 125th Anniversary. The Daughters of the American Revolution is an organization with a deeply rich history while also being truly relevant in today’s world. More than 930,000 women have joined the organization since it was founded. They became members to honor their heritage as well as make a difference in their communities across the country and the world. The local Charlotte Bay Chapter has over 120 members.