2018 Ripp’n River Bash

Russian Riverkeeper’s 2nd Annual Ripp’n River Bash A Big Win for the Russian River

On Saturday, July 28th Russian Riverkeeper held it’s largest annual fundraiser, the Ripp’n River Bash (Bash), at Front Porch Farm in Healdsburg. In true Sonoma County style, the evening’s weather was beautiful. With a background of the river and the farm, guests were treated to amazing views along with cocktails, food, live music and auction entertainment. It was an evening to be remembered!

Bash began on the banks of the Russian River, where guests were greeted with a glass of sparkling wine and treated to cocktails by Beijaflor Cocktails, Hog Island Oysters and appetizers from The Bodega paired with sounds by The Rhythm Department. Not to mention the friendly (but quite competitive!) Fishy Hat contest – where guests showed off their most artistic sides and won fabulous prizes for the best “fish-themed” hats.

Upon departing the river, guests strolled beside the rows of flowers and vegetables to arrive on the lawn where they were seated and served a delectable four-course meal prepared by The Bodega, along with local wines from the Russian River AVA. Through great conversation and laughter, one could hear the music of The Doug Lipton Trio playing in the background.

To complete the evening, guests viewed a short video highlighting the works of Russian Riverkeeper, then our very own Supervisor Mike McGuire took the mic as auctioneer, and the bidding was on! Russian Riverkeeper’s devout supporters, encouraged by the astounding auctioneering skills of Senator McGuire, engaged in competitive and friendly bidding for one-of-a-kind auction items along with a record-breaking Paddle Raise. Guests celebrated the end of the evening with music by Mr. December.

The annual Bash is the main fundraising event for Russian Riverkeeper’s programs and future projects. Russian Riverkeeper is the only group dedicated to restoring the river and its floodplains. After years of legal battles, Russian Riverkeeper ended gravel mining on the river and is now working with those same mining companies to reclaim and restore 1200 acres of lost wetlands. This is a critical first step in regenerating the river’s health as well as providing future open spaces for potential recreational areas. Additional programs include working with volunteers and the homeless to rid the river of trash left behind by humans, educating local children and, as the regional leader, working with landowners to stabilize soil and reduce pollution runoff caused by the 2017 firestorms.