Patron Dinner

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018 @ Georgia Aquarium

The annual Patron Dinner is CRK’s most important fundraiser of the year, raising nearly 20% of our annual operating budget. Your support is helping to ensure enough clean water in the Chattahoochee River system for now and future generations. Please consider becoming a sponsor of this year’s event or purchasing a ticket to join us for the festivities!


Registration for the Patron Dinner has closed.  If you’d like to be considered for our wait list, please contact Becca Klein:

Learn how to pre-register for the silent and live auctions plus Fund the Need here.

Pre-register for the silent and live auctions plus Fund the Need here.

The evening will begin with a reception at 6PM, followed by a seated dinner and program at 7PM. This year we will honor Van Michael Salon with our prestigious River Guardian Award.  In 2012, Van Michael Salon’s commitment to clean and plentiful water in the Chattahoochee River inspired AVEDA Corporation to select CRK as its Earth Month Partner. Since then, Van Michael Salon and AVEDA have led an annual campaign to share our message of clean water protection with thousands of people.

Agnes Scott College will receive our River Sustainability Award for demonstrating exceptional commitment to protecting the Chattahoochee River. The college has implemented a water plan to reduce its footprint on the river, focusing on efficiency and conservation. We are also pleased to honor Bonnie Jackson, a member of the CRK family, with our River Steward Award. For three decades, Bonnie devoted herself to protecting Georgia’s natural resources by serving the organizations that are dedicated to defending and preserving its special places.

We look forward to having you join us on September 26 as we celebrate those individuals and institutions that have gone above and beyond for our waterways!


With continued threats to our river, CRK needs your support more than ever.  If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Becca Klein at (404) 352-9828, ext. 19 or View or download our event sponsor packet here.

2018 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

River Benefactor

Patti and Don Ross

River Defender

City of Atlanta – Department of Watershed Management
The Coca-Cola Company
Jennifer and Graham Dorian
Georgia Aquarium
Abby and Gerard Gunthert
The Home Depot Foundation
Judy and Walter Hoyt
Hutchinson Traylor
Bonnie and Mike Jackson
JST Foundation
Mary Jane and David Kirkpatrick
Mayberry Electric
Sally and Peter Parsonson
Laura and Rutherford Seydel
Southwire Company

River Advocate

755 Restaurant Corp.
Collective Insights
The Jinks Private Foundation
Nantahala Outdoor Center
Smith, Gambrell, & Russell, LLP

River Conservator

Sally Bethea
Cadmus Environmental Design-Build
Lori and Kenneth Cohen
The Conservation Fund
Ford & Harrison, LLP
Georgia Transmission Company
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jacobson
Radiance Solar
River Through Atlanta
Snellings Walter Insurance Agency
Soaring Sapphire Designs
Ed Voyles

Media Sponsor

Beverage Sponsor

Here’s what happened in 2017

23rd Annual Patron Dinner 

In 2017, 500 guests gathered at the Georgia Aquarium to celebrated CRK’s accomplishments under the leadership of Executive Director Juliet Cohen and Riverkeeper Jason Ulseth.  We also honored John Pruitt with the River Guardian Award (view full honorary video) and Stephanie Stuckey with the River Steward Award.  Special guest, Dr. Marshall Shepherd, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor and Director, UGA Atmospheric Sciences Program, will delivered a timely address on climate and the Chattahoochee watershed.  Thanks to our sponsors and a fantastic selection of auction items, we raised $270,000 to support our river protection programs.

Past Sponsors have included: Cox Enterprises, Jim and Sarah Kennedy, Colonial Pipeline, PNC Bank, UPS, The Coca-Cola Company, Mary Jane and Dave Kirkpatrick, Turner Foundation, Arthur Blank Family Foundation, Ellis Communications, The Hertz Family, Laura and Rutherford Seydel, Turner Enterprises and more.