'An Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River' a record success!

Guests with FMR Executive Director Whitney Clark.

From left, Maya and Peter Tester, FMR Executive Director Whitney Clark, and Michelle Beeman. Photo by Anna Botz.

More than 250 river lovers gathered October 4 at Nicollet Island Pavilion to celebrate and raise funds for the Mississippi River. Guests enjoyed the sound of the river rushing by and beautiful views of downtown Minneapolis while they mingled with friends, heard from former Vice President Walter Mondale and listened to Tim Palmer share his amazing river tales. It was an evening to remember.

Together we raised over $175,000 to protect, restore and enhance this world-class resource in our midst — making it our most successful event to date!   A hearty thank you from all of us at FMR to everyone who helped make this year's event a huge success.

"An Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River" slideshowHover over the picture and click the arrow on the right to enjoy the rest of the slideshow. Additional photos are available in our flickr album.

If you'd like us to email you when we set the date for the 2017 "Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River," let us know! Contact John, jbriel@fmr.org.

A special thank you to our generous event sponsors.

Bald Eagle     

Sharon & Terry Avent • Susan & Joel Barker • Susan Boren & Steve King • Ronnie & Roger Brooks • Ellen Butler & Harlen Hegdal • Jay & Page Cowles • Stewart & Lesley Crosby • Chad & Maggie Dayton • Edward & Sherry Ann Dayton • Judson Dayton & Shelley Mydra-Dayton • Friends of Nicollet Island • Dan Gjelten & Lisa Burke • Peter & Mary Gove • Bud & Carol Hayden • Diane & John Herman • Chris & Julie Higgins • Diane & Tony Hofstede • Shotsy & Ward Johnson • Art & Martha Kaemmer • Julia Kaemmer • Katherine & Darrell Majkrzak • Ryan & Denise Mallery • Perry McGowan & Sheila Smith • Hokan & Penny Miller • Bill Newman • Ford & Catherine Nicholson • Kate & Stuart Nielsen • Amy & Chip Pearson • Susan Davis Price • Tom Reiter & Sharon Miyamoto • Paul & Mary Reyelts • Diane & Darryl Sannes • John & Marsha Soucheray • Karen Sternal & Lowell Pickett • Susan Vento • Joanne Von Blon • Deanna Wiener & Jim Tilsen • Kate Wolford & Ed Reilly

Blue Heron

Mary Adamski & Lance Ihinger • John Anfinson • Marcia Avner & Wy Spano • John & Mary Beattie • Ellen & Peter Brown • Whitney & Sarah Clark • Ellie Crosby • David Durenberger & Susan Foote • Jeff & Linda Evans • Forrest & Lisa Flint • Peter Goss & Karma Walker • Kit & Bill Prendergast • Mike & Gretchen Sieben, Katie Sieben & Josh Straka • Kathy Stack • Mark Thomas, M.D. • Cynthia Whiteford & David Nelson • Phil Willkie • Della & Will Young

River Otter

Joe Bagnoli & Barbara Cox • Candace Campbell & Jerry Seck • Chuck Dayton & Sara Evans • Sara & Sean DeKok • George Dunn & Donna Harris • Jeff & Lucy Heegaard • Jeanine & Zach Holden • Louise Jones • Sam & Sylvia Kaplan • John Kaul & Gloria Gunville • Tom & Marlene Kayser • Miriam & Erwin Kelen • Ron Kroese & Kimberly Colburn • Ross & Bridget Levin Charitable Gift Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation • Lynn & Tim Moratzka • Chris Mortenson & Nathalie Salas Gonzalez • Ed & Charty Oliver • Jose Peris & Diana Gulden • Phil Riveness • Becky Rom & Reid Carron • Harry & Ginny Sieben • Katie Simon-Dastych & Jerry Dastych • Karen & Nate Solas • Katherine & Jeffrey Tane • Bob & Sandy Tilsen • Bill Tilton • Cathy Tobias • Scott Vreeland & Lori Bergstrom • Sara & Doug Wolff

Corporate Sponsors

Ascent Private Capital Management of U.S. Bank • BMO Harris Bank • BWBR • Live Green, Live Smart Builders • Minnesota Native Landscapes