River Awards Gala

Thank You!

Many thanks to all of the wonderful people that helped pull off an amazing event this year!  We would like to thank our many volunteers that helped with every aspect of a big event such as this.  Our sponsors really gave us the financial backing that we needed.  Lastly, all of our fabulous supporters that donated to our auctions and Fund-a-Need helped raised over $65,000 for Russian Riverkeeper programs!

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To see more photos by Rick Tang and others, visit our Facebook page’s Gala Album


We would like to thank our 2016 Sponsors:

Steelhead Trout $2,500:  Big John’s Market, Dr. Steve Ungerleider & Joanna Rice, Healdsburg SHED, Hotel Healdsburg, h2 Hotel, Puma Springs Vineyards, SOAR Inflatables/Russian River Adventures

River Otter $1000:  Manly Auto Group, Virginia Storm-Martin & Don Martin, Terra Firma Global Partners, Community First Credit Union, Sara & Ed Kozel, Karen Kline, Ed & Claire Burdett

Night Heron $500:  Al & Margo Merck, Oliver’s Markets, Pussywillow Surprise, R3 Hotel, Warren & Janis Watkins, Shelton’s Natural Foods Market, Russian River Chamber of Commerce

Tree Frog $250:  Gaffney Insurance, Barbara & Jake Mackenzie


River Awards Gala

The River Awards honored and highlighted the people, businesses and farms that are leading the Russian River to a more climate resilient future.  It also helped educate our community on the actions the awardees are taking to increase our resiliency to climate impacts such as our current drought and recent floods.  The Gala featured a sumptuous organic farm-to-table dinner by A La Heart Catering (vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free friendly options were available) and our generous local farms, DaVero and Bernier Farms provided produce!  We were entertained with excellent live music by local jazz band Obstinate Ostinato.  We enjoyed our local world-class beer from Russian River Brewing Company and Lagunitas Brewing Company.  We tasted local organic and biodynamic wines from Preston, DaVero, Truett Hurst, Hawley, and more.  There was an incredible live auction by Senator Mike McGuire, and a silent auction filled with local whiskeys, gift certificates, exclusive experiences, romantic getaways, and more!  So many people came and enjoyed a great time with friends from across the watershed.  It was such an incredible evening, celebrating our local watershed heroes and raising money to support all our programs on the river, including education programs with local in-need youth and schools, advocacy campaigns to protect the Russian River’s rights, clean-ups, and much, much more!

Congratulations to our Award Winners:

Friend of the Russian River Award Sonoma County Supervisor James Gore



Business Water Conservation Award – Mark Greenspan, PhD. Advanced Viticulture, Inc.


Leadership in Russian River RegenerationFetzer Vineyards



Excellence in Russian River Watershed Education – Jeremiah Kahmoson, Teacher at Windsor Oaks Academy

& Executive Director of B-Rad Foundation



Excellence in Russian River Watershed Education 2015-16 – Laura Brown, Marce Becerra Academy


The River Awards Gala was on Saturday, September 24, 2016  Shone Farm, 4-7 p.m.

For information on sponsoring a table next year, please download this: Sponsorship Letter 2016 or email adryon@russianriverkeeper.org

For information on our meal, please check out our menu: river-awards-gala-menu