19th Annual Patron Dinner
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013
The Foundry, Puritan Mill
More than 400 guests joined us to honor our most passionate river advocates at our 19th Annual Patron Dinner on Oct. 9 at The Foundry on Atlanta's Westside. Cox Enterprises, Inc. received our top honor, the River Guardian Award, for its award-winning media coverage and water-conservation efforts (through their Cox Conserves program).
Watch the tribute video to Cox Enterprises here, courtesy of encyclomedia.
We also honored UPS with the River Sustainability Award and Jerry McCollum (retired president of the Georgia Wildlife Federation) with the River Hero Award. Fran Burst of Burst Video/Film and Brandon Danowski of Method Studios received the River Awareness Award.
Thanks to all our major sponsors, including Colonial Pipeline Company (Presenting Sponsor); The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Cox Enterprises, Dennis Dean Catering, encyclomedia, NewFields (River Benefactor); Aveda, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Jennifer and Graham Dorian, Debbie and Bert Ellis, eventologie, Shearon and Taylor Glover, MeadWestvaco, Merrill Lynch, PNC, Southwire, Toto USA, Turner Enterprises, US Trust (River Defender); Debbie and Jess Austin, Cadmus Construction, Davis, Pickren, Seydel & Sneed, Delta, Frazier & Deeter, The Home Depot Foundation, Jamestown, JST Foundation, Porsche Cars North America, Drs. Pete and Sally Parsonson, Dr. Heather Richardson, Smith, Gambrell & Russell, United Distributors (River Advocate).
We also were excited to welcome WSB-TV news anchor Justin Farmer as the emcee for the evening, while retired WSB-TV John Pruitt hosted our live auction!
2013 PATRON DINNER HONOREES
River Guardian Award: We will honor Cox Enterprises, a family-owned business that started in newspaper publishing and has grown into a multi-media worldwide operation with a strong and continuing heritage of civic engagement. Cox will receive our top award for decades of compelling reporting that has brought the story of the Chattahoochee River to the communities that depend upon this vital natural resource.
River Sustainability Award: UPS, the world's largest package delivery company and a leading global provider of specialized transportation services, will be honored for its leadership and commitment to reducing the company’s energy and water footprint in the Chattahoochee River basin and worldwide.
River Hero Award: Jerry McCollum, retired president of the Georgia Wildlife Federation, will be honored for his exceptional leadership in building the conservation community in our state and helping save our natural heritage.
River Awareness Award: Fran Burst (Burst Video/Film) and Brandon Danowski (Method Studios) will be honored for their outstanding creative and technical work on our new video, “Voices of a River. Work of a Riverkeeper.”
Justin Farmer will serve as the emcee for the evening. Farmer anchors "Channel 2 Action News at 5," "Channel 2 Action News at 6" and the "Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat." Farmer's recent assignments have included a one-on-one interview with President Barack Obama at the White House, where he examined the president's policies on government spending and illegal immigration.
From Cuba to Brazil to Washington, D.C., Justin has been recognized for covering national and international stories that affect Atlanta and Georgia.