Russian Riverkeeper’s 3rd Annual Ripp’n River Bash – A Huge Win for the Russian River!
On Saturday, July 27th Russian Riverkeeper (RRK) held its largest annual fundraiser, the Ripp’n River Bash (Bash), hosted by Front Porch Farm in Healdsburg.
Ripp’n River Bash began three years ago on the banks of the Russian River at Front Porch Farm. Since its inception, Bash has become one of the best kept secrets in the world of local, non-profit fundraisers. Guests are treated to an exclusive event consisting of specialty cocktails and live music right on the banks of the Russian River, a multi-course catered dinner, and special one-of-a-kind live auction lots – with all proceeds supporting one of Sonoma County’s most valuable natural resources – the Russian River.
Bash is the main fundraising event for Russian Riverkeeper’s programs and future projects and this year was a huge win for the Russian River with proceeds reaching over $200K! Special thanks to our top bidders (10K or more): Jackson Family Wines, the Sher Family with H2 Hotel, Hotel Healdsburg, The Harmon House, and Healdsburg SHED. Funds raised at Bash are earmarked toward Russian Riverkeeper’s top programs:
· Restore salmon and wildlife habitat. Financial support from Bash allows Russian Riverkeeper to take a leadership role converting abandoned gravel pits to floodplain habitats where juvenile salmon can flourish and transition to a self-sustaining wild population. These new floodplains will not only be a boon to fish, they will reduce pollution, improve the habitat for all local wildlife and increase river access and recreational opportunities for everyone.
· Continue pressing for a stronger pollution control permit while working toward solutions that allow the dairy industry to thrive without polluting the river. Animal waste in the Russian River is a major problem. It threatens drinking water and is one of the biggest contributing factors to toxic algae blooms.
· Continue working with Congressman Jared Huffman’s group to find a solution to the situation in Potter Valley that respects tribal rights and salmon rights, without causing the Russian River to run dry in summer months.
· Increase public access to the river for residents and visitors.
Held annually, Bash is executed flawlessly by the team at Jolee Blooms & Design. The theme this year was “Country Picnic on the Farm” and guests enjoyed the delectable flavors of Bay Laurel Culinary, Tomales Bay Oysters, buttermilk fried chicken and BBQ brisket, and of course Sonoma County wines! As the sun cooled down, the bidding got hot! Over 150 guests attended this year to make this the best Bash yet!
Front Porch Farm is a 110-acre mosaic of fruit and olive orchards, rows of flowers, acres of heritage vegetable crops, fields of heirloom polenta corn and vineyards on sunny hillsides, all along a wild stretch of the beautiful Russian River. Peter and Mimi are true stewards of the land producing certified organic produce and flowers, artisanal wine made with organic grapes, and sustainably raised lamb and pork. Guests to the Farm receive the opportunity to see first-hand the thoughtfulness and respect for nature Peter and Mimi have for their land and home.
About Russian Riverkeeper – Founded in 1993 as Friends of the Russian River, Russian Riverkeeper Russian Riverkeeper is the non-profit organization dedicated to restoring the Russian River to a vital, healthy state through public education, citizen action, scientific research and expert advocacy. Our long-term goal is focused on regenerating the health of the Russian River by seeking opportunities to restore river and wetland areas that have been lost over the last 100 years to channelization, gravel mining, agricultural and urban development.
Thank you to all our very generous partners and sponsors:
2019 BASH IMAGE GALLERY