Thank you for making Capital River Awards a success!

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Capital River Awards 2017
  • When: Wednesday, May 3rd, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Capitol Plaza Ballrooms 1025 9th Street, Sacramento 95814
  • Why: Support California Rivers and Have Fun!
  • How: Click here to sponsor or buy tickets

Please join us for the 9th annual Capital River Awards will be held on May 3rd in Sacramento just steps from the Capitol at the Capitol Plaza Ballrooms. We will be honoring Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon and Assemblymember Laura Friedman for their efforts in protecting California’s rivers. This festive evening is a great chance to re-connect with old friends and make some new ones all while supporting our treasured rivers and promoting their protection.

The Capital River Awards raises money to strengthen the voice of rivers at a critical time. Funds donated build FOR’s grassroots capacity to protect our rivers from deadbeat dams and harmful legislation. We’ll also be working to engage local decision makers, spark media attention and invite the public out to create their own memorable river experiences.


The party follows FOR’s 3rd annual California Rivers Day  – a full day of education, outreach, and activism on the steps and lawn of the Capitol to raise awareness of the need to protect California’s rivers. We are building public awareness and educating the state’s political leaders in order to promote rivers, conservation, and smart water options for California. Your support will help make organizing this day possible. We expect 15 or more other California based river conservation organizations to be joining us for the day and so can you!

This year we Point Positive toward diverse water management solutions that are resilient in a changing climate. We have an opportunity now to promote real solutions while also defending rivers from some serious threats. SB 5 and AB 18 promote green flood control and address some lessons learned from the Oroville Crisis. While AB 975 strengthens the state level Wild and Scenic Act. Many other sustainable water use measures are being proposed to make water conservation a way of life in California (e.g. AB 1000, 1667, 1668 and 1669, Friedman).

We continue to monitor water and parks bonds so they don’t become vehicles for destructive water projects as Prop 1 was in 2014.  We want to protect rivers from new surface storage such as Centennial dam and bills like AB 1369 that would require a 50% increase in storage by 2050.

All sponsorships include tickets to the event, recognition on event signage and on our website, and a mention of gratitude in our e-newsletter the River Advocate – reaching over 6,000 inboxes.

Sponsorship levels are:

  • $2,500 – Waterfall with 10 event tickets
  • $1,500 – Wild & Scenic with 8 event tickets
  • $1,000 – Cascade with 6 event tickets
  • $500 – Whitewater with 4 event tickets
  • $250 – Tributary with 2 event tickets
  • Individual tickets are also available at the bottom of the form

To become a sponsor, buy tickets, or make a general donation toward these efforts click HERE!

Many thanks to our 2017 Sponsors!


  • Yvon and Malinda Chouinard
  • Guy & Jeanine Saperstein


  • Morgan Tidalgo Sukhodrev & Azzolino LLP
  • Patricia Schifferle

Wild & Scenic

  • Camp Lotus | Bill & Robin Center
  • Howard Robinson
  • Ilene Starin & Will Lichtig


  • American River Outfitters
  • Bob* & Faith Cushman
  • Corley* & Patty Phillips
  • Harriet Moss
  • Jann Dorman* & Don Ahlert
  • Jeff Depew* & Trish Hayward
  • Joe & Margarit Petrofsky


  • American River Outfitters
  • Doug Stadler
  • Richard Weiss*
  • Sue Ghilotti
  • Tuolumne River Outfitters


  • Adventure Connection | Nate Rangel
  • Andy Karkoff & Jeanine Sternberg
  • Anthony & Margie Deriggi
  • Bettina Redway & Michael Picker
  • California Wildlife Foundation | California Oaks
  • Emily & Tim Matthews
  • Hotshots Imaging
  • Jenine Durland
  • Jennifer Huber* & Josh Cohen
  • John & Sandy Vanderpol
  • John Yost*
  • Johnnie Carlson
  • Julia McIver & Lance Gunnersen
  • Keith Miller/California Canoe and Kayak
  • Kevan Urquhart* & Carrie Theis
  • Lee Pope
  • Maravia Corporation
  • Mariah Expeditions
  • Marian Bender*
  • Mike Martell | Pacific River Supply
  • Nini Redway
  • Paul and Teresa Barth
  • Randy Armstrong
  • Riverside Chevron, Coloma, CA
  • Scott Armstrong*
  • Sierra Club California
  • Sierra Rescue | Julie Munger & Abi Polsby
  • Soluri Meserve, A Law Corporation
  • Tom Van Noord
  • Vincent Nibler

*denotes Friends of the River Board Member

Direct questions to Toby Briggs at or (916) 442-3155 ext. 223