Fans of the original CSI series get a rare chance to meet the show’s star Marg Helgenberger in Vancouver this weekend as she co-hosts a fundraiser for Fraser Riverkeeper (FRK). The fundraising gala kicks off a renewed campaign to bring Fraser River conservation into the mainstream.
“In the Lower Mainland, we live at the gateway to the Fraser River, which supports more salmon runs than any other river in the world,” says executive director Lauren Hornor. “We are the gatekeepers of the river, all of us who live in Vancouver to Hope. How we treat the Fraser here affects not only fish but hundreds of thousands of people throughout BC. The fundraiser is one fun way people can support our work to help protect it.”
The fundraiser takes place on October 20th and will feature sustainable seafood, local wines, a swimwear fashion show, music, and a silent auction featuring local artists and designers.
The issue of clean water is a passion for Helgenberger, who supports the FRK’s initiatives.
“I grew up fishing, swimming and boating the Platte River in Nebraska with my father,” says Emmy-winning Helgenberger. “Those are treasured memories for me, and I believe we have to all fight for the clean waters we love. I’m a huge fan of the work Fraser Riverkeeper and other Waterkeeper Alliance groups are doing for swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters across North America.”
Among their projects, the FRK has initiated legal challenges, removed garbage from the Fraser near Chilliwack, and most recently launched a free smartphone app, Swim Guide, that gives users up-to-date data on water quality at their favourite beaches.
The Fraser Riverkeeper group wants to restore the Fraser River the same way their sister group, Hudson Riverkeeper, was able to do in New York State.
“The This event is a chance for Vancouverites to give back and support a cleaner, healthier Fraser River by having a good time, “ says Horner. “It’s going to be an incredible evening thanks to Marg Helgenberger and all the talented artists, business-people and organizations that have donated their time and resources.”
The Fraser Riverkeeper an autonomous Canadian member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, an international organization founded in 1999 by Robert Kennedy Jr.
What: Fraser Riverkeeper’s 5th Anniversary Fundraising Gala
When: October 20, 2012, 7:00 p.m.- 10 p.m.
Where: The Arthur Erickson Waterfall Building, 1540 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: $125 (include admission to BarNone after party)
For more information, please visit fraserriverkeeper.eventbrite.ca