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FNFSR’s 2021 Fish Fry Dinner and Auction: A Special Recap

Thank you to the nearly 175 people who gathered this past Saturday, October 2nd, at Fort Valley Nursery’s outdoor venue to celebrate the work of Friends of the North Fork to support a clean, healthy and beautiful North Fork of the Shenandoah River. 

Over a fine dinner provided by Shaffer’s Catering of Woodstock and drinks served by the Woodstock Brewhouse, Muse Vineyards, Third Hill Winery, and Star in the Valley Estate Winery, guests shared in conversation and connection in celebration of the river. The rousing highlights of the evening included both silent and live auctions featuring marvelous trips, artwork, and experiences, created and hosted by river devotees local to the valley and beyond. Collectively, more than $50,000 was raised to support the work of Friends of the North Fork. 

Fundraising culminated with Executive Director, David Brotman making a special appeal for support of Friends’ community-based programming. This special focus united the room around the importance of Friends’ work for both river and community, achieved only through the combined efforts of its volunteers and staff.  

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 with 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. 

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