Friends of the River’s
FOR held its annual Capital River Awards on May 14 on the Sacramento River at the Delta King in Old Sacramento State Historic Park. Thanks to our generous sponsors and guests that evening, we raised over $30,000 to help continue the fight to protect California's rivers!
This year we honored Representative Doris Matsui and noted civil rights attorney and long-time river champion Guy Saperstein (read his remarks). The event is a project of the FOR Board of Directors co-chaired by FOR Board Member Bob Cushman and his wife Faith Cushman. The Cushman’s along with over two dozen fellow Board members and volunteers worked to both fundraise and put together a wonderful and inspiring evening by the river.
In addition to our honorees stirring speeches, State Senator Loni Hancock rallied the gathering around the need to ensure future protections for our rivers and vowed to fight on in her battle to gain protection for the Mokelumne River thru SB 1199.
Funds were pledged that night for a matching campaign for our summer membership appeal. Monies raised through these efforts will help FOR roll out new grassroots organizing operations to both advance protections for our rivers and grow the army we need to fight the nearly dozen proposals to build new dams and expand existing ones. FOR would like to sincerely thank all the volunteers who helped pull together the evening and the sponsors who not only made the night possible but helped us build our war chest to protect our California rivers!
Additionaly we would like to thank the wineries and vineyards that donated wines to be served for the evening including:
Calaveras Creek Vineyards ~ Crystal Basin Vineyards
David Girard Vineyards ~ Gold Hill Vineyards
Hart 2 Hart Vineyards ~ Lava Cap Winerey
Madrona Vineyards ~ Three Wine Compnay & S3X Wines
Capital River Awards 2014 Honorees
Representative Doris Matsui has long been well known in Sacramento and has represented Sacramento in the U.S. Congress since 2005. She also served in the Clinton White House from 1993 to 1998 as Deputy Director of Public Liaison. During her Congressional career, she has fought for and helped to implement major flood-control projects for California’s capital city and the nearby region without the Auburn dam. She has been a tireless defender of the remaining riparian forests of the Central Valley threatened by the policies from Washington DC. In recent years, she has been a strong voice for north-state concerns about the potential effects of the Delta tunnels to the rivers and water supplies of the north state.
Guy Saperstein is one of America’s most influential civil rights and environmental class action lawyers. He is an avid kayaker and has been a strong Friends of the River (FOR) supporter since becoming a member in 1987. Guy was President of The Sierra Club Foundation 2004-6 and currently sits on the board of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. "The Getaway Guide to the John Muir Trail," Guy's story of backpacking the 236-mile John Muir Trail with his youngest son, won the Gold Award for Best Guidebook in 2006 from the Society of American Travel Writers. Guy has been an active and powerfully effective advocate for rivers.
Sponsors of the
2014 Capital River Awards
David Sobon Auctions
Wild & Scenic Sponsor
Alison Harvey & Dave Loera
Bill & Robin Center/Camp Lotus
Bob* & Faith Cushman
Jeff Depew* & Trish Hayward
California Wildlife Foundation/California Oaks
Corley* & Patty Phillips
Granite Bay Flycasters
Ilene Starin & Will Lichtig
Jerry & Kris Cadagan
Joe & Margrit Petrofsky
Jonathan & Terrie McClelland
Tuolumne River Outfitters
American River Resort/Tom
Van Noord & Dave Martinez
American Whitewater Expeditions
Andy Krakoff & Jeannie Sternberg
Bettina Redway & Michael Picker
California Canoe & Kayak/Keith Miller
Janet Maineri & Louis Debret
Mariah Adventure Connection
Marion Franck & Bob Lew
Monte & Kay Osborn
Mother Lode River Center
Pacific River Supply/Mike Martell
Paul Barth & Teresa Cheung
River Rat Raft Rentals
Scott Armstrong*/All Outdoors
A Law Corporation
South Yuba River Citizens League
Tony & Margie DeRiggi
Tributary Whitewater Tours
Virginia & James Moose
* Friends of the River Board Members
To become a sponsor now for 2015 click here.
$2,500 - Waterfall Sponsor
$1,500 - Wild & Scenic Sponsor
$1,000 - Cascade Sponsor
$500 - Whitewater Sponsor
$250 - Tributary Sponsor
For more information about the event or if you have questions, please contact Friends of the River: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 916-442-3155.
David Sobon has consulted with hundreds of foundations, non-profits, service and religious groups around the country during the last 21 years to help them fulfill their fundraising goals.David is an active member of The Association of Fundraising Professionals and a part of their teaching faculty. As a member of The National Auctioneers Association, he earned the title of Benefit Auction Specialists. As a member of the Board of Directors at Children’s Miracle Network & Chevo’s Fund, David’s contributions are felt throughout the community. David’s fresh and innovative ideas have given way to great and exciting events. It is David’s unique “Benefit Auction System” that helps organizations raise more money and have more fun while changing the lives of those they serve. David says, “There is no better feeling than coming off the stage knowing you made a difference”.