An Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River: Our Healing River

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

Given the current COVID situation, we've decided to hold our annual fall celebration fully online again this year. Please register to participate in our program and bid in our river-themed auction. We'll share the livestream link and full list of auction items closer to the event.

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There's no fee to register, though we will encourage giving during the program. Funds raised will protect, restore and enhance the Mississippi River and its watershed in the Twin Cities region.

Program Overview

We hope you'll join us virtually from the comfort of your home for An Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River: Our Healing River, the Big River's biggest night. As we live through one of the most challenging times in recent memory, we're eager to celebrate the myriad ways in which the river heals.


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 will showcase a curated selection of healing river stories told by those who lived them.

Our program will be helmed once again by Miss Shannan Paul and will also feature 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 returns 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'll have opportunities for you and your family to relax in a Vail condo or find peace in the north woods. You could be one of the lucky winners this year, so don't miss out. Stay tuned for updates and the full slate of items!

If you're 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!

Thank you 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