2019 Ripp’n River Bash

Russian Riverkeeper’s 3rd Annual Ripp’n River Bash


On Saturday, July 27th Russian Riverkeeper will once again hold it’s 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, the Bash has come to be one of the best kept secrets in the world of 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 guest auctioneer, Senator Mike McGuire offering one-of-a-kind live auction lots – with all proceeds supporting one of Sonoma County’s most valuable natural resources – the Russian River.

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. Because of their unique and exceptional farming techniques and continued support for Russian Riverkeeper, Russian Riverkeeper is proud to recognize them as a partner in our continuing quest for swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters.

The annual Bash is executed flawlessly – driven by the Bash committee and the team at Jolee Blooms & Design – and is the main fundraising event for Russian Riverkeeper’s programs and future projects. This year’s theme is Country Picnic and guests will enjoy the delectable flavors of Bay Laurel Culinary, including custom cocktails, Tomales Bay Oysters, passed appetizers, heirloom tomato salad, buttermilk fried chicken and BBQ brisket, roasted green beans and mashed potato salad. Diners will round out their meal with an option of banana pudding, farmer’s market fruit, sea salt chocolate chip cookies – or one of all three!

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.

We are honored to recognize the following businesses as event partners and sponsors: