On March 5, 2016 we held a fundraising event at The Marina Cafe in Jacksonville, with food served by A Shuckin’ Good Time. James Archer played live music, while our volunteers served up hot food.
An event like this is a group effort. I want to personally thank everyone who helped us pull this off. Of course, no fundraiser can be a success without patrons, and we’ve got some of the best patrons, ever. I can’t thank you all enough for your support.
We also had a silent auction and many people donated items for us to auction off. I’d also like to thank those people for their generosity in helping us raise some additional funds.
People who donated items for the silent auction:
We also received gift certificates, gift baskets, and other things from the following vendors:
Given how many things can go wrong at any event, I must say things went very smoothly. The professionals at A Shuckin’ Good Time had a lot to do with that. Also, I can’t thank The Marina Cafe enough for providing us with a venue that is right on the water. They’ve always been a great supporter of the Riverkeeper.
In addition to live music and a silent auction, Nicole (our Riverkeeper), gave a short presentation, while our guests shucked oysters and enjoyed some tasty shrimp and chicken tenders. As stewards of the river, we strive to educate anyone who will listen on the issues that confront us everyday and what everyone can do to help make our rivers cleaner and safer.
On a side note, I negotiated furiously with one of our charter members over a position on our board. If all goes well, we’ll soon have a new board member who has been a longstanding supporter. I sent her an application and I’m looking forward to her response.
I can’t thank everyone enough for their support. I have personally invested in the Riverkeeper Alliance because it means a lot to me. Without your financial support, and the help of an army of volunteers, there would be very little we could do. You guys make it all possible, and you have my eternal gratitude.