Thursday August 15, 2019 at 5:30pm
Sensory Garden in Idlewild Park, Reno
About Raise the River
KTMB’s Raise the River is an annual fundraiser for Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful. The event is held in the Sensory Garden in Idlewild Park, Reno. The evening offers a sensory experience with local craft drinks and interactive sensory activities, along with a local-focused, sit-down dinner in the garden and great local music.
This event is for ages 21 and over.
Raise the River 2019 Volunteer Honorees
Dan Johnson started working with KTMB last year with the Patagonia Shipping Team. Dan, along with the rest of the Patagonia team, dove headfirst into beautifying our community, especially difficult projects. Dan is always someone we can call on to tackle illegal dumpsites and large-scale litter removal. Dan has managed over 2300 volunteer hours throughout the Truckee Meadows over the past year! We can always count on Dan and the Patagonia Shipping Team to volunteer in full-force and get the job done with smiles on their faces. We absolutely love working with them!
ADOPTERS OF THE YEAR
NV Energy has been a valued program partner with KTMB for 33 years! Starting with our first community cleanup in 1986 volunteers from NV Energy (then named Sierra Pacific Power Company) have worked incredibly hard to help keep the Truckee Meadows beautiful. They adopt Dorostkar park, which they clean regularly, and host large cleanups there twice a year as part of the Great Community Cleanup and Truckee River Cleanup Day. A Washoe County Ranger, who works with many volunteer groups every year, recently commented, “in terms of volunteer groups NV Energy is probably my top one!” KTMB agrees.
FLASHCAN’S HALL OF FAME
Two different Board terms, countless committees, and serving as Past President twice, it is very appropriate that Kate Thomas should be the 30th person inducted into the Flashcan Hall of Fame on KTMB’s 30th Anniversary, as she has been supporting the organization for more than half of its life span. Thank you Kate for all that you do. We appreciate you!
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
KTMB is all about education. It says so in our mission statement. Debra Rutledge lives that mission and in the past year has dedicated herself to learning all there is to know about KTMB’s Warrior education curriculum. For a KTMB Past President who has served on our Board since 2006, this was a tremendous commitment. Thank you Debra! We know you like to blend into a crowd but for us you are a stand out!
BEAUTIFUL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
A MASTER MECHANIC
In April of 2018, Jeff of A Master Mechanic reached out to Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) to offer his assistance when our company vehicle was broken into and had considerable damage. A Master Mechanic arranged for towing and donated all of the repairs saving KTMB a great deal of money and stress. In January of 2019, A Master Mechanic came to our rescue once again when what we thought was just a small leak ended up being a much larger problem. Not only did Jeff and his team step up and do an amazing job repairing our vehicle, they donated all of the labor to do so. A Master Mechanic keeps KTMB on the road to accomplishing our mission. We thank them for their continued support.
EDUCATORS OF THE YEAR
CARY STIEN & CHERYL PREGAL
Cary Stien and Cheryl Pregal are 2nd grade teachers at Sepulveda Elementary School. Cary and Cheryl’s passion for the environment resonate in their classroom and their teachings. They have been long time supporters of KTMB since our Warriors Youth Education program took off in 2015. Over the last couple of years, Cary and Cheryl have taken advantage of KTMB’s educational environmental resources, which have allowed us to reach over 190 students. Most recently, they have created the very first generation of Waste, Weeds, and Watershed Warriors this past school year! They have also signed up the entire 2nd grade level class (120 students!) to visit KTMB’s Sensory Garden as part of a field trip extension program where students got to experience hands-on, outdoor education. Cheryl also attended KTMB’s Teacher Training on how to cultivate environmental stewards of our community to learn more about ways to apply environmental stewardship education into their classroom. Finally, their dedication to KTMB’s program led them to organize a school fundraiser to raise money for our education program! Thank you, Cheryl and Cary, for your continued support and your dedication to keeping our community clean and beautiful!