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 The voice of California's rivers

plaza ballroom 2Friends of the River’s
Capital River Awards 

Monday, May 11th 5:00pm to 7:00pm
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 just steps from the Capitol. The party will follow FOR’s California Rivers Day at the Capitol—a day of education, outreach, and activism promoting rivers and water conservation.

CAPRA14-2The 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 11th and learn more about the California Rivers Day here.


Our goal this year is to raise at least $30,000.  Your support will go toward organizing the California Rivers Day at the Capitol and fund FOR’s grassroots campaign to protect our rivers from deadbeat dams. This effort will generate thousands of emails and postcards calling on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to protect rivers threatened by dams and inviting her to join us on a river trip to see one of these rivers first hand. We’ll also be organizing river trips for decision makers, generating dozens of stories in the media, and organizing many other events and activities that will get the public out to the river to learn more about our work and get involved.

All sponsorships will receive recognition on event signage as well as prominent mention on FOR's website and in our on-line newsletter, The River Advocate.
CAPRA location mapSponsorship 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 are available at a special 20% early bird discount on March 27th and will go up to the regular price of $50 on April 10th.
To explore sponsorship opportunities, contact:
Eric Wesselman at (916) 442-3155 x218 or
Mandi Garcia at (916) 613-9461

 Capital River Awards 2015 Host Commitee

Betsy Reifsnider
Bill & Robin Center
Bob & Faith Cushman
Guy & Jeanine Saperstein
Senator Lois Wolk
Mark Dubois


A Special Thank You to our 2015 Sponsors!


David Sobon Auctions

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Bill & Robin Center/Camp Lotus
Jann Dorman* & Don Ahlert
Alison Harvey & Dave Loera
Howard Robinson
Patricia Schifferle


Bob* & Faith Cushman
California Wildlife Foundation/California Oaks
Jeff Depew* & Trish Hayward
Jim & Marna Genes
Ilene Starin & Will Lichtig
Greg & Jane Widroe & Family



Sue Ghilotti
Granite Bay Flycasters
Mike Lee, Architect
Jonathan & Terrie McClelland
Kimberley Milligan
Harriet Moss
Joe & Margrit Petrofsky
Corley* & Patty Phillips
Restore Hetch Hetchy
Doug Stadler
Tuolumne River Outfitters
Ken Weiss & Kathy Davenport



Adventure Connection/Nate Rangel
All Outdoors/Scott Armstrong
American River Resort/Tom Van Noord & Dave Martinez
Paul Barth & Teresa Cheung
Gordon Becker*
Marian Bender*
California Canoe & Kayak/Keith Miller
Johnnie Carlson
Chevron Riverside Mini Mart
Coloma Resort
Mark Cunningham
Tony & Margie DeRiggi
Rebecca & Doug Foster
Marion Franck & Bob Lew
Lisa Gerould
Denise & Bob Hansen
Gary K. Hart
Bob & Darci Kendrick
Andrew Krakoff & Jeannie Sternberg
Law Office of Patricia Weisselberg
Michael Lim
Janet Maineri & Louis Debret
Julia McIver & Lance Gunnersen
Virginia Moose
Mother Lode River Center
Monte & Kay Osborn
Graeme & Debra Plant
Restore the Delta
River Rat Raft Rental
Sierra Nevada House
Sierra Rizing Bakery
Soluri Meserve, A Law Corporation
Tributary Whitewater Tours
Kevan Urquhart* & Carrie Theis
John & Sandy Vanderpol
Richard Weiss*
John Yost*
Marguerite Young

* 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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