2016 Gala – Celebrate Our Nation’s River

FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016 — 6:00PM – 9:30PM

The rain stopped, the sun came out and over 200 people boarded the Cherry Blossom for a wonderful evening on the Potomac River celebrating the progress we’re making to protect the Potomac and the Shenandoah Rivers. We’re taking on some very well funded adversaries — this evening, including a lively auction, raised much needed funds!

Our toughest issues, like stopping coal ash pollution, require that we partner with communities, other groups and lawmakers. At the gala we celebrated some of the people who have made extraordinary contributions to protecting the Potomac River: our Protectors of the Potomac Award winners Congressman Gerry Connolly and Virginia State Senator Scott Surovell, and our Volunteer of the Year Ruth Prodan. Read about them here.

Congressman Gerry Connolly issued a statement on May 17th about receiving the Protector of the Potomac Award.

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We thank our generous sponsors Clyde’s Restaurant Group and the Potomac Riverboat Company for making the evening possible.


River Champion

Clyde’s Restaurant Group

River Protector

Shari Lawrence Pfleeger and Charles Pfleeger * Cabell Williams * Potomac Riverboat Company

River Defender

Sally Davidson * Jane and Jay Lewis * RBC Wealth Management

River Guardian

Valerie Amerkhail * Catherine and Paul Armington* Elaine Bernstein * Marney Bruce * Julie Chapman and David Cushing * Carol Cavanaugh and Ron Fettig * John Holmes * Rachel and Jack Kelble * Mysia Pallas and Nicholas Kuttner * Avis Ogilvy Moore * Pat Munoz and Dorcas Adkins * Ann O’Neil * Stanley C Oaks * George Ohrstrom II * Penny and Dave Sharkey

River Advocate

Jan Augustine * Harley Balzer * Terry and Brent Blackwelder * Robin Broder * Peter Bross * Canoe, Kayak, and Paddle Co. * Nancy and David Cartier * Linda and Stan Collyer * Anne and David Cottingham * Barbara and Clem Dinsmore * Tanya Harvey and Jay Eiche * Lisa and Frank Filipy * Thomas Goslin * Catherine and George Ledec * JoAnn and Angus Macbeth * Dianne Russell and Chris Nichols * Scott Plein * Sharis and Thorn Pozen * Eugene Kent Roberts * Joan Rosenstein and Kenneth Roberts * Molly Carr and Mac Thornton * Robert and Nancy Varipapa * Katherine Ward