Voice of the River Annual Celebration


The Flint River Watershed Coalition (FRWC) is gearing up for its annual 2020 Voice of the River Annual Celebration, celebrating a “20/20 Vision” for the Flint River and its watershed, according to a news release. The community is invited to join in the celebration on Thursday, January 30 at GM’s Factory One to celebrate the wonderful features of the Flint River from 1-9pm. The food will be catered by Redwood Steakhouse. Awards will be given out and there will be a raffle and auction items. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at www.FlintRiver.org, by calling 810-767-6490, or emailing ewesthoff@flintriver.org. Payment can be made at the door, but an RSVP is appreciated.

“We’re excited to share our 20/20 Vision for the watershed,” says FRWC Executive Director Rebecca Fedewa, in the release. “We’re looking back on some amazing changes over the years for the Flint River, as well as charting a path for the river for the next 20 years.”

The FRWC is also excited to announce the award winners for the 2020 Voice of the River Annual Celebration. The celebration this year focuses on 20 accomplishments and 20 goals for the watershed. Award winners include:

Olof Karlstrom Impact Award

Ridgway White, President, CEO and Chair of the C. S. Mott Foundation, for his personal and professional dedication to ensuring safe, easy, and ample access to the Flint River.

 Joe Leonardi Leadership Award

Leyla Sanker, Program Manager with the UM-Flint Office of University Outreach, for her work in building environmental education capacity in our watershed.

Dr. Gary Pace Volunteer of the Year Award

Molly Dallaire, for her long-term commitment to the FRWC’s water quality monitoring program.

 FRWC Service Awards

Departing board member Cheryl McHallam

Linda Berker is also being honored with a Service Award and for her promotion to Emeritus status on the board of directors.

Golden Gloves to be determined!

Online voting ends Monday, Jan. 27. Visit the Flint River Watershed Coalition’s Facebook page to vote!           “These individuals have all had an outstanding impact on our work to protect, promote, and improve the Flint River,” says Fedewa. “We’re so grateful they choose to spend their time and talent with us.”


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