Board member Vickey Wheeler organized this vibrant event to raise awareness of Big Canoe Creek and its importance in the watershed.
Live entertainment was provided by The Oxy Morons Band, featuring The Friends of Locust Fork President Stephen Guesman, Jamie Finley and Joe Casey.
President Doug Morrison entertained on guitar with original songs. Scott Walker played piano and sang later in the evening.
Delicious food, potato bites, roasted asparagus, chicken salad, Italian Creme Cake and other delectables were donated by Wayne Cole, Sandra Tucker, Koko McTyreire,, Laura McKenzie, Joannie Morrison, Trish Jordan, Gary Earnest, Big Bolton’s BBQ, The Smokin’ Grill, Buffalo Wild Wings and Woody’s BBQ.
Beth Maynor Young, Linda Ellen Price, Sonny Pritchett, Vickey Wheeler, Dariana Dervis, Laura McKenzie, and Blackwood Gallery were among those donating art to the successful Silent Auction that raised money for educational workshops and community outreach. The auction also featured donations from The Shack Burgers & BBQ, Williams Orchard & Nursery, Lawn Works Company, Southern Environmental Center, Quenelle Landscape Design & Construction, and Higher Ground Coffee Roasters.
Throughout the evening, Joannie Morrison, Sandra Tucker, and board members Jerry Tucker and Sean Andrews kept the entrance table running smoothly as guests generously donated canned food to the Pleasant Hill Community Mission, while Vanessa Oakes was busy bartending.
Among those attending were Leslie and Bryan Burgess of Ashville; Diane Stuckey of Atlanta, Ga.; Barry and Lucy Robinson of Birmingham; Nancy Jackson, Martha Hunter, Sara Rose and Susan Finley, all of Blount County; Environmental lawyer Rebecca Cody, who is a recent graduate from Vermont; “Coosa RiverKeeper” Frank Chitwood, Katy Shaddix, Cindi Lowery, and Elizabeth Brooke of the “Alabama Rivers Alliance”; “Black Warrior Riverkeeper“ Nelson Brooke; Allan Trasher and Danni Winn of Birmingham; Rosie McKinney of Trussville; and board member Alex Varner of Shelby County.
Springville residents included Brenda and Jim Walker, board member Bill McTyeire and his wife Koko; Walter Buckner; Steve and Ellen House; Sandra and Gerald Tucker; Trish and Beau Jordan; Tracey Ford; Beth Walker; Dave Barry; Missy Morgan; June Mack, an award winning documentary filmmaker; as well as, recent Alabama Public Television “Take a Child Outdoors” Documentary Emmy winner and board member Mike McKenzie and his wife Laura.