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An Upstream Soirée

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An Upstream Soirée

                                 THANK YOU FOR A BIG NIGHT!
                                Thursday, September 19, 2013
                                             At the Bronx Zoo

Honoree Arthur Aviles with Charles Rice Gonzalez of BAAD!, Bronx River Alliance Executive Director
Linda Cox, and Majora Carter. Photo by Charles Vasser.

Honoree Frances Beinecke with Alliance Board Chair Kellie Terry-Sepulveda.
Photo by Charles Vasser.

To all of you who came out for An Upstream Soirée and all who lent your support - thank you for making it a wonderful evening! From sea lions to salsa music to Baron Ambrosia, the evening featured the best of the Bronx. Special thanks to our honorees:

Arthur Aviles
Dancer, choreographer, and co-founder of BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance

Frances Beinecke
President, Natural Resources Defense Council

Paul Elston
Waterfront advocate and President, Friends of the Hudson River Greenway in the Bronx

It was a record breaking night as we raised over $100,000 to enable the Bronx River Alliance to reclaim the river as a resource    for all, whether it's bringing kids close to nature, putting paddlers on the river, or creating a better habitat for beaver, bikers and businesses. Thank you to everyone who contributed to making this a delightful and successful event. And, in the words of   honoree Arthur Aviles, let's continue to"dance in a happy river!"

Donate Today! If you missed out on this event and want to support the important work we do, you can make a gift online at or send a check to Bronx River Alliance, 1 Bronx River Parkway Bronx NY 10462.

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2013 Upstream Soirée Host Committee

Dr. Elizabeth Bennett, Wildlife Conservation Society
Ismael Betancourt
Bill and Paula Luria Caplan
John Calvelli, Wildlife Conservation Society
Majora Carter and James Chase
Aviva Davidson, Dancing in the Streets
Nydia and Wally Edgecombe, Hostos Community College
Lizzie Elston
Mary Elston
Elizabeth Figueroa, The New York Botanical Garden
Joshua Ginsberg and Catherine Kerr
Peter Lehner and Fritz Beshar
Paul Lipson
Lisa Liquori and Gene Fine
Kim Mathews, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, PC
Josie Merck and Jim Stevenson
Gail Nathan, Bronx River Art Center
Mr. and Mrs. Jay Rook
Robert Sancho, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center
Ian and Manon Slome
Carrie Elston Tunick
Cathy and Stephen Weinroth
Dart Westphal and Ellen Pollan

Bronx River Alliance Board of Directors

Kellie Terry, Chair
Maarten de Kadt, Vice Chair
Adam Green, Secretary
Raji Kalra, Treasurer
Jessica Arcate Schuler
Peter Bourbeau
Joan Byron
Marit Larson
Ethan Strell
Stacy Taffet
Veronica Vanterpool
Charles Vasser
Annette Williams

Thank you to our In-kind donors:

Dr. Elizabeth Bennett
Ivan Braun
Brooklyn Bowl
Clif Bar
Raeford Dwyer
Gary Plastic Packaging Corp.
Vincent P. Gianatasio
Adam Green, Rocking the Boat
Damian Griffin
Marit Larson
Andrew Laiosa
Gail Nathan, Bronx River Art Center
New York Botanical Garden
Tonia Papke and Whit Waterbury
RBC Wealth Management
Brian Sahd and Tony Wong, Abode
Wildlife Conservation Society

Bronx River Alliance thanks the 2013 sponsors:

The mission of the Bronx River Alliance is to serve as a coordinated voice for the river and work in harmonious partnership to protect, improve and restore the Bronx River corridor and greenway so that they can be healthy ecological, recreational,  educational and economic resources for the communities through which the river flows.