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ballroomFriends of the River’s
Capital River Awards 

Monday May 11th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

at The Capitol Plaza Ballrooms

1025 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Friends of the River (FOR) is pleased to announce the Capital River Awards to celebrate our treasured rivers and promote their protection. This festive event is a great chance to re-connect with old friends and make some new ones over great food and wine.  The party will follow FOR’s California Rivers Day at the Capitol—a day of education, outreach, and activism promoting rivers and water conservation.

The Capital River Awards will raise money to give our rivers a stronger voice in Sacramento at a critical time.  We face a severe and persistent drought that has unleashed an intense push to weaken protections for our waterways and return to the era of big dam building.  FOR will use this funding to organize greater public and political support for sustainable water solutions that lead to a much more positive vision for California and our rivers.

Please join us in Sacramento on Monday, May 11 to celebrate the spirit of our treasured rivers and promote their protection.

Capital River Awards Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring the Capital River Awards is an excellent opportunity to support FOR and our focus on organizing greater public and political support for sustainable water solutions that lead to a much more positive vision for California and our rivers. 
Our goal is to raise $30,000 this year so we can give rivers a stronger voice. The California Rivers Day provides a special opportunity for public education and engagement. This will be an excellent draw to the event and it will be one with which you will be proud to be associated. 
All sponsorships will receive recognition on event signage as well as prominent mention on FOR’s website and in our on-lCAPRA location mapine newsletter, The River Advocate.
 Sponsorship levels are:
$2,500 - Waterfall Sponsors get 10 event tickets
$1,500 - Wild & Scenic Sponsors get 8 event tickets
$1,000 - Cascade Sponsors get 6 event tickets
$500 - Whitewater Sponsors get 4 event tickets
$250 - Tributary Sponsors get 2 event tickets
Individual tickets go on sale March 30.
To explore sponsorship opportunities, contact
Eric Wesselman at (916) 442-3155 x218 or
Mandi Garcia at (916) 613-9461

A Special Thank You to our 2014 Sponsors!


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Wild & Scenic

Alison Harvey & Dave Loera

Bill & Robin Center/Camp Lotus



Bob* & Faith Cushman

Harriet Moss

Howard Robinson

Jann Dorman*

Jeff Depew* & Trish Hayward

John Yost*

Patty Schifferle



California Wildlife Foundation/California Oaks

Corley* & Patty Phillips

Doug Stadler

Granite Bay Flycasters

Ilene Starin & Will Lichtig

Jerry & Kris Cadagan

Joe & Margrit Petrofsky

Jonathan & Terrie McClelland

Marguerite Young

Sue Ghilotti

Tuolumne River Outfitters



American River Resort/Tom

Van Noord & Dave Martinez

American Whitewater

American Whitewater Expeditions

Andy Krakoff & Jeannie Sternberg


BC Rimbeaux

Becca Lawton

Bettina Redway & Michael Picker

California Canoe & Kayak/Keith Miller


Gordon Becker*

Janet Maineri & Louis Debret

Johnnie Carlson

Kevan Urquhart*

Kimberley Milligan

Lee Pope

Maravia Corporation

Mariah Adventure Connection

Marian Bender*

Marion Franck & Bob Lew

Monte & Kay Osborn

Mother Lode River Center

Pacific River Supply/Mike Martell

Paul Barth & Teresa Cheung

Richard Weiss*

Ron Wu

River Rat Raft Rentals

Scott Armstrong*/All Outdoors

Soluri Meserve,

A Law Corporation

South Yuba River Citizens League

Susanne Enslow

Tony & Margie DeRiggi

Tributary Whitewater Tours

Vincent Nibler

Virginia & James Moose

Whitewater Connection

Whitewater Excitement


* Friends of the River Board Members

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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”.


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