250 Years on the North Fork: Looking Back, and Looking Ahead Inspired by Shenandoah County's…
Thank you to the nearly 175 people who gathered with us at Fort Valley Nursery’s outdoor venue to celebrate the work of Friends of the North Fork to support the health of our beautiful River.
Bid cards flew high on October 2nd as our rousing live auction featured marvelous trips, gorgeous artworks, and a wide and fanciful variety of unique experiences created and hosted by river devotees both local to the Valley and beyond. Joining together, we raised more than $54,000 to support the work of Friends of the North Fork. Our friends and guests were treated to a truly festive night in beautiful fall weather, over a fine dinner provided by Shaffer’s Catering of Woodstock and drinks by the Woodstock Brewhouse, Muse Vineyards, Third Hill Winery, and Star in the Valley Estate Winery.
The evening’s fundraising was capped off with Executive Director, David Brotman making a special appeal for support of Friends’ community-based programming. The room rallied around the cause to raise funds for these important programs – for both river and community – which are achieved when the combined efforts of our volunteers and staff are supported.
Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River would like to thank all those who helped support the day through corporate and individual sponsorships, all those who attended the event, all of our extraordinary volunteers who helped things run smoothly both on the day and in preparation for this very special annual event. Thank you to the staff and management of Fort Valley Nursery, to our food and beverage providers, and our auctioneer, Richie Minton of Laughlin Auctions. Finally, and not least, special thanks go out to our Fish Fry Committee, and to our Committee Chair and Master of Ceremonies for the night, Laura Bennett – a champion of our work, and a spark to our team.
Thanks everyone for your support. We look forward to seeing you all next year!
All photo credits go to our marvelous volunteers: Stephanie Kowalski and Tanya Harvey