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2013 California River Awards

Friends of the River

Friday, October 25, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

San Francisco, CA

2013 California River Awards

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Friends of the River’s

2013 California River Awards

Friday, October 25th 6 to 9 pm

The Golden Gate Club, S.F. Presidio

135 Fisher Loop, San Francisco, CA

 

What ARE the California River Awards?

FOR’s California River Awards are given at a gala event honoring outstanding contributions to river conservation, preservation, and protection. At CRA, the year’s biggest party and fundraiser, monies are raised to support F.O.R.’s work to protect, restore, and sustain rivers—especially to effectively campaign against today’s greatest threat to California Rivers—the massive $25 billion Water Tunnels proposed to bypass the Delta.

The Mark Dubois Award                                                    

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

The Peter H. Behr Award

The Peter H. Behr Award is given to an elected official who has taken significant and noteworthy action to preserve and protect California rivers and/or to advance sustainable water policy. The award’s name pays respect to Peter H. Behr (1917-1997), esteemed California State Senator, conservationist, and father of the 1972 California Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

The Mark Dubois Award Honoree: David “Chicken” Nesmith

This year’s Mark Dubois honoree truly embodies the enduring river spirit of the award’s namesake. David Nesmith, known fondly as “Chicken,” has been a driving force in the environmental and river conservation community for more than 30 years. He directed the Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club and has led campaigns at Friends of the Earth, Save the Bay, and National Land for People. Most recently, as Facilitator for the Environmental Water Caucus, David championed ecosystem restoration and limits to water exports from the delta. While his work and accomplishments are legion, none is greater than his leadership in the successful decade-long effort working with Foothill Conservancy, Sierra Club, and Friends of the River to convince the East Bay Municipal Utility District’s Board of Directors to reverse a decision to raise Pardee Dam, saving a significant stretch of Mokelume River from inundation.

Chicken’s involvement in river conservation doesn’t end with policy work. He has trained and mentored countless river guides and activists for Friends of the River and the Sierra Club’s Inner City Outings. He’s also volunteered with the cancer-support group Healing Adventures. Nothing seems to give David as much pleasure as infusing new generations with the joy of rivers.

As of the time of this writing, and with the support of friends, he was headed to Utah’s Green River, his favorite, after having suffered a massive stroke in 2012, a remarkable testament to David and the healing power of rivers.

The Peter H. Behr Award Honoree: Representative Jared Huffman

Representative Jared Huffman is an avid angler and member of the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Budget Committee. In a remarkable feat for a freshman in Congress, Huffman successfully steered his bill adding Point Arena and the Garcia River estuary to the California Coastal National Monument out of the Natural Resources Committee in June. He has also ably opposed several environmentally destructive bills considered by the committee, including the bill to remove federal protection from a segment of the Merced Wild River. He is working closely with Friends of the River and other conservation groups to identify for protection potential Wild & Scenic rivers and other wild places on public lands in his district. Prior to his election to Congress, Huffman served six years in the State Assembly where he chaired the Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee, served on the Budget Committee, and was co-chair of the Legislative Environmental Caucus. In the Assembly, Huffman distinguished himself as a legislator who tackled complex public policy challenges, worked tirelessly to protect the environment, and got results – often by forging bipartisan consensus on difficult issues. Huffman served as a Director of the Marin Municipal Water District from 1994 to 2006. Prior to his election to public office, Huffman was a Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). One of his proudest accomplishments at NRDC was helping forge an agreement to restore a 153-mile stretch of the San Joaquin River in California’s Central Valley.

When and where will the 2013 California River Awards be held?

The event will be held on Friday, October 25, 6 to 9 pm, at The Golden Gate Club in the Presidio of San Francisco, 135 Fisher Loop. Parking is easy and public transportation available.

Why should I attend?

The 2013 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, the evening presents a wonderful opportunity to socialize with old and new friends and support FOR’s ongoing efforts to protect California’s rivers. A live and silent auction will tempt attendees with many enticing items.

This year’s Sponsors Pre-event will be Chicken Tales, a participatory roast of this year’s Mark Dubois honoree. Anyone with a story to share is welcome to contact us about joining this special event.

 

What are the sponsorship levels for the California River Awards?

 

$15,000 - Waterfall Sponsor

  • 12 event and sponsor reception tickets
  • July 2014 River Gala: Sponsor & 1 Guest (2)

$10,000 - Wild & Scenic Sponsor

  • 10 event and sponsor reception tickets
  • July 2014 River Gala: Sponsor & 1 Guest (2)

$5,000 - Cascade Sponsor

  • 8 event and sponsor reception tickets
  • July 2014 River Gala: Sponsor & 1 Guest (2)

$2,500 - Whitewater Sponsor

  • 6 event and sponsor reception tickets
  • Juul 2014 River Gala: Sponsor & 1 Guest (2)

$1,000 - Tributary Sponsor

  • 4 event and sponsor reception tickets

 

All sponsors receive recognition that includes listing on the event website, in the event program, on event signage, as well on FOR’s webpage and in the River Advocate Newsletter.

Our July 2014* River Gala is a trip for sponsors and their guests on the South Fork American River followed by a gourmet meal at the riverside home of FOR Board Member Bob Cushman.

*Weather and water conditions permitting and the should be great!.

 

Individual tickets are $100 until October 14th, thereafter $150.

OK, you’ve convinced me! How do I become a sponsor/buy some tickets?

Please go online at http:www.friendsoftheriver.org/cra2013 or contact Mandi at Friends of the River: mandi@friendsoftheriver.org or 916-442-3155, ext 214

July 2014 River Gala: Sponsor & 1 Guest (2 tickets) to FOR’s June 2014 River Gala is a trip for sponsors and their guests on the South Fork American River followed by a gourmet meal at the riverside home of FOR Board Member Bob Cushman.
 

Friends of the River: Preserving, Restoring, and Sustaining California's Rivers

 

Friends of the River was founded in 1973 during the struggle to save the Stanislaus River from inundation by the New Melones dam. For 40 years we've been at the forefront of river conservation, successfully winning victories locally while setting national precedents for effective environmental action.

Friends of the River is nationally recognized as an authority on the adverse effects of dams on rivers and ecosystems and as the most effective grassroots organization in the country working on behalf of rivers.

California's rivers need Friends of the River:

  • More than 95% of riverside wildlife habitat and wetlands have been lost to development.
  • 69% of native California fish species are extinct, endangered, or in decline.
  • 80% of historical salmon and steelhead habitat in the Central Valley have been blocked by dams.
  • Migratory birds and waterfowl have decreased from an original 60 million to only 3 million.
  • More than 1,400 dams obstruct California's rivers. Only one major river— the Smith— remains entirely free flowing.

A few of Friends of the River’s current campaigns include:

  • Preventing the $5.2 billion tunnels under the Delta—a colossal threat to California Rivers and habitat.
  • Stopping the raising of Shasta Dam.
  • Maintaining Wild & Scenic protection of California’s beloved Merced River.
  • Adding another 90 miles of Big Sur rivers to the federally protected Wild & Scenic River System.

Over the past four decades, Friends of the River’s successes have included:

  • Protecting or restoring over 2,500 miles of California rivers including the Kings, Kern, Merced, Klamath, Tuolumne, South Yuba, Sisquoc, Big Sur, East Carson and West Walker rivers, as well as Sespe and Cache Creeks.
  • Defeating (repeatedly—and once again this year) legislation to build an Auburn Dam on the American River.
  • Improving flows for rivers controlled by hydropower dams restoring fish populations and improving recreation opportunities.
  • Training thousands of activists to save their local rivers.

 

Today, Friends of the River has 3,800 members who are well known for their activism, over 150 dedicated river guide and outreach volunteers, 9 volunteer staff members, 5 paid staff members, and a 12-member Board of Directors. Over the years, we've enjoyed the support of some of the world's leading outdoor adventurers and environmentalists, such as Yvon Chouinard, Royal Robbins, Allen Steck, John Yost, and Richard Bangs.

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?

Have questions about 2013 California River Awards? Contact Friends of the River

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Golden Gate Club, The Presidio of San Francisco
135 Fisher Loop
San Francisco, CA 94129

Friday, October 25, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)


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Friends of the River:  Preserving, Restoring and Sustaining California's Rivers

 

Friends of the River was founded in 1973 during the struggle to save the Stanislaus River from inundation by the New Melones dam.  For 40 years we've been at the forefront of river conservation, successfully winning victories locally while setting national precedents for effective environmental action.  

 

 

Friends of the River is nationally recognized as an authority on the adverse effects of dams on rivers and ecosystems and as one of the most effective grassroots organization in the country working on behalf of rivers.

 

Why California's rivers need Friends of the River:

 

·                     More than 95% of riverside wildlife habitat and wetlands have been lost to development.

·                     69% of native California fish species are extinct, endangered, or in decline.

·                     80% of historical salmon and steelhead habitat in the Central Valley have been blocked by dams.

·                     Migratory birds and waterfowl have decreased from an original 60 million to only 3 million.

·                     More than 1,400 dams block California's rivers. Only one major river --the Smith-- remains entirely free flowing.

 

Over the past 40 years, Friends of the River’s successes have included:

 

·                     Protecting over 2,100 miles of California rivers as Wild & Scenic including the Kings, Kern, Merced, Klamath, Tuolumne, South Yuba, Sisquoc, Big Sur, East Carson and West Walker rivers, as well as Sespe and Cache Creeks; 

·                     Introducing Federal Wild & Scenic River protection bills for more 300 river-miles on more than a dozen rivers in California Rivers in 2013;

·                     Blocking the Army Corps of Engineers from requiring river levees under their jurisdiction to be cleared of all woody vegetation – we filed suit under the Endangered Species Act and National Environmental Policy Act;

·                     Defeating (repeatedly) legislation to build an Auburn Dam on the American River which again looks to be coming up in Congress in 2013;

·                     Increasing flows for fish on the Merced River through the hydropower relicensing system – and opposing the raise of New Exchequer Dam which would allow the reservoir to extend into a Wild & Scenic section of the Merced River and permanently weaken the national Wild & Scenic Rivers Act;

·                     Preventing dams on Deer Creek, Mill Creek and the McCloud River and damaging hydroelectric projects on the Mokelumne, Kings and Clavey rivers;

·                     Preserving runs of endangered Coho and Chinook salmon and winter steelhead;

·                     Training tens-of-thousands of citizens to be effective activists to save their local rivers.

 

Today, Friends of the River has 3,800 members well-known for their activism, over 150 dedicated river guide and outreach volunteers, 9 volunteer staff members, 5 paid staff members, and a 12-member Board of Directors. Over the years, we've enjoyed the support of some of the world's leading outdoor adventurers and environmentalists like Yvon Chouinard, Royal Robbins, Allen Steck, John Yost and Richard Bangs.

 

Friends of the River depends on members and donors to support its river and water conservation work. Over half of our annual budget comes from individual supporters.

 

Won’t you join us?

 

www.friendsoftheriver.org

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