On Wednesday, April 25th, we hosted our annual fundraising event, Take Me to the River, at Mercury Hall. Friends and supporters of River Watch enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as they learned about the important work we do for underserved youth and the environment through personal stories from current students, alumni, and River Watch staff. We also honored 3M with the Dragonfly Award for being our largest supporter last year and Jennifer Quereau with the Full Circle Award for her dedication to AYRW, from River Watch student to Board President. Finally, we held a fun paddle raise activity and auction where we were able to secure support for future programming, thanks to the generosity of everyone who attended. It was an exciting and successful evening! A special thank you to our board and staff for your hard work organizing this event, to all of the local businesses and individuals for your donations for the bar and auctions, and to our emcee’s Ruben Cantu and Koy McDermott for making the event extra fun!
Through this fundraising event we were able to raise almost $20,000 from the paddle raise, silent and live auctions, sponsorships, ticket sales, and various donations. With this amount we can help improve the environmental conditions around Austin and continue to train, develop, and inspire at-risk youth to succeed and become our future environmental stewards! If you did not have a chance to attend or donate, you can always do so here: http://riverwatchers.org/how-y
Thank you again to our sponsors, donors, attendees, and all of River Watch’s board and staff for making this event a success!