An Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River: Our Healing River

Event Date: 
Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 7:00pm
Virtual only
The River Heals

Thank you to all who joined us and contributed to Our Healing River on September 30th. Together we raised more than $160,000, exceeding our goal of $150,000! Find our full report here or click the recap below:

Our Healing River 2021

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Given the current COVID situation, we held our annual fall celebration fully online again this year. Funds raised went to protect, restore and enhance the Mississippi River and its watershed in the Twin Cities region.

Program Overview

Our virtual An Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River: Our Healing River, the Big River's biggest night, was a huge success. Together, we celebrated the myriad ways in which the river heals and raised more than $160,000, exceeding our $150,000 goal.


It’s no surprise that here, in a place known for its waters, the past year has brought record numbers of local residents to the river to find peace, seek rejuvenation and connect with others in a time of distancing.

The evening showcased a curated selection of healing river stories told by those who lived them.

Our program was helmed once again by Miss Shannan Paul and featured updates on Friends of the Mississippi River’s work and interactive opportunities for event participants to support our critical mission.


This year our river-themed auction returned with opportunities to explore the Twin Cities and beyond. From an in-home dinner for six prepared by renowned Minneapolis-based, James Beard Award-winning food writer Beth Dooley to a choose-your-own-river-tour adventure with John Anfinson, historian, author and former superintendent of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. Plus, we had opportunities for participants to bid on a stunning Vail condo or luxurious Northwoods cabin.

If you were unable to join us on September 30, please consider supporting us with a donation online. The generosity of our community of river supporters makes our work possible. Thank you!

Many thanks to our sponsors

Oak Savanna Sponsors

Steve & Susan Boren King • Stewart & Lesley Crosby • Chad & Maggie Dayton • Judson Dayton & Shelley Mydra-Dayton • Peter & Mary Gove • Art Kaemmer, M.D. • Julia Olmstead & Paul Helgeson • Paul & Mary Reyelts • Susan Vento

Bald Eagle Sponsors

Catherine Asher • Sharon & Terry Avent • Ronnie & Roger Brooks • Ellen & Peter Brown • Whitney & Sarah Clark • Page & Jay Cowles • Ellie Crosby • Forrest & Lisa Flint • Nancy Gibson & Ron Sternal • Dan Gjelten & Lisa Burke • Bud & Carol Hayden • Tony & Diane Hofstede • Hokan & Penny Miller • Ford & Catherine Nicholson • Susan Davis Price • John & Marsha Soucheray • Deanna Wiener & Jim Tilsen • Philip Willkie • Kate Wolford & Ed Reilly • Della & Will Young

Blue Heron Sponsors

John Anfinson • Peter Bachman & Janet Rice • Steve Christenson & Lisa Hondros • Sara & Sean DeKok • Judy & Ozzie Enroth • Tessa Enroth & Michael Jones • Kit & Bill Prendergast • Diane & Darryl Sannes • Kathleen Stack • Bob & Sandy Tilsen • Cathy Tobias

River Otter Sponsors

Leslie Cohan & Todd Norsten • George Dunn & Donna Harris • Daniel Engstrom & Barbara Coffin • Ron Kroese & Kimberly Colburn • Phil Riveness • Harry & Ginny Sieben • Michael & Gretchen Sieben • Marcia Townley

Headwaters Sponsor

Confluence Sponsors        


Tributary Sponsors

Boyum Barenscheer • Cardno • Foundation Technologies • Minnesota Native Landscapes • SEA LIFE at Mall of America

River Sponsors

Kraus-Anderson Insurance • Bremer Bank • Clean Energy Credit Union

Sponsorship opportunities


Please view our corporate sponsorship kit or contact FMR Development Director Sara DeKok at 


Please view our individual sponsorship kit or contact FMR Individual Gifts Officer Tessa Enroth at