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Friends of the River’s
2012
California River Awards


Friday, October 19th 6 to 9 pm

The Golden Gate Club, The Presidio
135 Fisher Loop, San Francisco, CA

 

What ARE the California River Awards?  

Friends of the River’s California River Awards is a gala evening that honors and recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to river conservation, preservation and protection. It’s Friends of the River’s biggest annual party and fundraiser. All monies raised go to support Friends of the River’s river conservation work across the state.

Each year Friends of the River honors an extraordinary person or persons whose efforts recall the spirit that Mark Dubois, Founder and Director Emeritus of Friends of the River, infused into our organization.  Friends of the River’s Mark Dubois Award recognizes those who have taken a leading role in furthering river conservation in California.

Who are the 2012 Mark Dubois awardees?

This year Friends of the River will be honoring George Armstrong and George Wendt, both true pioneers in whitewater rafting and leaders in river conservation.

George Armstrong pictureGeorge Armstrong took his first rafting trip in 1962 and founded his family’s rafting company, All-Outdoors Whitewater Rafting, soon thereafter. All-Outdoors employs 150 trained and dedicated guides who lead trips for rafters of all skill levels, and was selected as one of the "Best of the West" by Sunset Magazine.  A longtime river conservation advocate and a Friends of the River’s Board member in the ‘80’s, George has positioned All-Outdoors as a leader in river protection. All-Outdoors was the first outfitter to work with government agencies and conservation organizations to provide commercial guides and local school teachers with interpretive workshops on the natural and cultural history of California rivers and their watersheds. These workshops are now nationally recognized as a model of on-river outdoor education training.

George Wendt cropedGeorge Wendt’s passion for running rivers was born in the 60’s when he became one of the first 1100 people to descend the seldom-traveled Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.  In the decades since, his rafting company, O.A.R.S., has been an industry leader in environmentally and culturally responsible travel on over 35 rivers and coastlines worldwide. In 2008 and 2009 the company was recognized by National Geographic Adventure as “The Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth” and George was a recent recipient of the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s Lifetime Achievement award. Over the past four decades, George has donated countless hours and river trips in support of youth, community and conservation causes and his company has introduced more than half a million travelers to the beauty of rivers and the natural world.

When and where will the 2012 California River Awards be held?

The event will be held on Friday evening, October 19th from 6 to 9 pm at The Golden Gate Club in the Presidio of San Francisco, 135 Fisher Loop.  A special “Sponsors Only” event will be held from 4;30 to 6 pm – a private wine and cheese reception with the honorees who will regale us with tales from the early days of commercial whitewater rafting in California.

Parking is easy and public transportation available.          Get Directions

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Why should I attend? 

The 2012 California River Awards will be a festive and unforgettable evening celebrating two of California's most dedicated river heroes.  Along with delectable food, terrific wine and great music, it’s a wonderful opportunity to socialize with old and new friends and support Friends of the River’s (FOR) ongoing efforts to protect California’s rivers.  A live and silent auction will tempt you with many enticing items: outdoor adventures, fine wines and dining, art, camping equipment and more.

What are the sponsorship levels for the California River Awards?

Please note that for Wild & Scenic through Tributary Sponsorship levels you can use the "Donate" PayPal button to help FOR cut our credit card processing costs in half!  Alternatively, all sponsorship levels can still be paid for via credit card by clicking here.

$15,000 - Waterfall Sponsor

  • 10 event tickets
  • Recognition - Headline listing in the program and on event signage as well as prominent mention on FOR’s webpage and in the River Advocate enewsletter.
  • 8 seats on an FOR river trip
  • 10 tickets to the special pre-event sponsor reception
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$10,000 - Wild & Scenic Sponsor

  • 8 event tickets
  • Recognition - Headline listing in the program and on event signage as well as prominent mention on FOR’s webpage and in the River Advocate enewsletter.
  • 6 seats on an FOR river trip
  • 8 tickets to the special pre-event sponsor reception

$5,000 - Cascade Sponsor

  • 6 event tickets
  • Recognition - listing in the program and on event signage as well as mention on FOR’s webpage and in the River Advocate enewsletter..
  • 4 seats on an FOR river trip
  • 6 tickets to the special pre-event sponsor reception

$2,500 - Whitewater Sponsor

  • 4 event tickets
  • Recognition - Listing in the program and on event signage as well as mention on FOR’s webpage and in the River Advocate enewsletter.
  • 2 seats on an FOR river trip
  • 2 tickets to the special pre-event sponsor reception

$1,000 - Tributary Sponsor

  • 3 event tickets
  • Recognition - Listing in the program and on event signage as well as mention on the webpage and recognition in the River Advocate enewsletter.
  • 2 tickets to the special pre-event sponsor reception 

pb60OK, you’ve convinced me!  Tell me again, how do I become a sponsor/buy some tickets?

Either click on the "Donate" PayPal button under each sponsorship level or click here to pay with your credit card or contact Mandi at Friends of the River:  mandi@friendsoftheriver.org or 916-442-3155, x214.

Individual tickets go on sale September 1st.
Early bird tickets are $100 through October 12; after then tickets are $150.
“Under-30 (years old)” tickets are available for $50.

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Friends of the River depends on members and donors to support our river and water conservation work.  One third of our annual budget comes from individual supporters.  Won’t you join us?

 

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