Join us for An Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River
Registration to attend The River Inspires: An Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River has now closed.
If you have questions or an access/disability-related request that would make your evening more enjoyable, please contact John Czyscon at 651.222.2193 x19 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for the Big River’s biggest night, as we celebrate Friends of the Mississippi River’s 25th anniversary. To mark the occasion, this year’s annual signature event, "An Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River," will focus on how the river inspires — shining the spotlight on the connection between the river and our thriving local arts community.
Because the Mighty Mississippi is a muse for so much creativity and cultural expression, our program will celebrate and feature local, acclaimed artists of various media who rely on our Big River as a source of inspiration and rejuvenation, including:
Jearlyn Steele, vocalist and emcee
Seitu Jones, artist and storyteller (Keynote Sponsor: Andeavor)
Laura Caviani, jazz pianist and composer
Bao Phi, author, poet, and spoken word artist
Gwen Westerman, educator, poet and fiber artist
Sandy Spieler, water lover, artist and activist
Tom Reiter, photographer and documentarian
Mniówe, indigenous Water Bar
Write to the River, compilation of river-inspired prose and poetry
From our lovely venue, Aria in Minneapolis’ North Loop, together we will:
- celebrate FMR’s 25th anniversary and all that we have achieved together
- look to the next 25 years and beyond and what remains critical to advancing our urban river conservation mission
- savor local, seasonal fare and refreshments
- enjoy an entertaining river-themed live auction
- relish the company of fellow friends of the river
Need another reason to attend? Proceeds from the event directly support Friends of the Mississippi River’s work to protect, restore and enhance the Mississippi River, a treasured resource in our midst.
We hope you can join us on September 20th as we gather to celebrate the Big River!
If you are unable to attend An Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River but would like to support FMR and our event, please consider making a donation.
Thank you to our generous sponsors!
Sam Boren & Steve King • Stewart & Lesley Crosby • Chad & Maggie Dayton • Judson Dayton & Shelley Mydra-Dayton • Peter & Mary Gove • Diane & John Herman • Julia Kaemmer & Olivier Vrambout • Bill Newman • Kate & Stuart Nielsen • Amy & Chip Pearson • Tom Reiter & Sharon Miyamoto • Paul & Mary Reyelts • Karen Sternal & Lowell Picke • Susan Vento • Deanna Wiener & Jim Tilsen
Catherine & Frederick Asher • Sharon & Terry Avent • Joel & Susan Barker • Ronnie & Roger Brooks • Alison & Owen Brown • Ellen & Peter Brown • Ellen Butler • Whitney & Sarah Clark • Page & Jay Cowles • Edward & Sherry Ann Dayton • David Durenberger & Susan Foote • Forrest & Lisa Flint • Dan Gjelten & Lisa Burke • Peter Goss & Karma Walker • Rochelle Gunn & Jim Mayer • Bud & Carol Hayden • Chris & Julie Higgins • Jeanine & Zach Holden • Charlotte & Ward Johnson • Art Kaemmer • Sam & Sylvia Kaplan • Katherine & Darrell Majkrzak • Ryan & Denise Mallery • Perry McGowan & Sheila Smith • Hokan & Penny Miller • Susan & Bob Morrison • Ford & Catherine Nicholson • Nicollet Island Friends • Susan Davis Price • Kit & Becky Richardson • Don & Barbara Shelby • Mike & Gretchen Sieben • John & Marsha Soucheray • Kate Wolford & Ed Reilly
Mary Adamski & Lance Ihinger • John Anfinson • Marcia Avner & Wy Spano • Peter Bachman & Janet Rice • John & Mary Beattie • Barbara Coffin & Dan Engstrom • Ellie Crosby • Sara & Sean DeKok • Beth & Kevin Dooley • Jeff & Linda Evans • Diana Gulden & Jose Peris • Phyllis Kahn • Bill & Denise Lynch • Michael Miller & Mary Trettin • Lynn & Tim Moratzka • Kit & Bill Prendergast • Diane & Darryl Sannes • Katie Sieben & Josh Straka • Kathy Stack • Bob & Sandy Tilsen • Brad & Cynthia Wallin • Philip Willkie
Joe Bagnoli & Barbara Cox • Michele Bevis & Steve Wardell • Candace Campbell & Jerry Seck • Leslie Cohan & Todd Norsten • George Dunn & Donna Harris • Holly Einess & Brian Kantar • Mary Hilfiker • Diane & Tony Hofstede • Louise Jones • John Kaul & Gloria Gunville • Cathy Lawrence & Lee Sheehy • Jeff & Alley Ohe • Ed & Charty Oliver • Harry & Ginny Sieben • Katie Simon-Dastych & Jerry Dastych • Cathy Tobias • Doug & Sara Wolff
Headwaters: Big River Real Estate
Confluence: Minnesota Native Landscapes
Tributary: Ascent Private Capital Management of U.S. Bank • First Avenue • Fulton Beer • L.L. Bean • Rahn + Company