Portland, February 27th, 2015. More than 300 guests attended The Freshwater Trust’s 32nd Annual Gala and Auction. Held at the Portland Art Museum, the event raised $325,000. The Freshwater Trust, an Oregon-based water conservation non-profit, will use these funds to increase the pace and scale of river restoration throughout the state and region. The Freshwater Trust president Joe Whitworth caught up with with World Resource Institute senior associate Todd Gartner and Equilibrium Capital founder and president David Chen during cocktail hour.

Guests raised their paddles to raise more than $325,000, a single-night record for the event.

Guests raised their paddles to raise more than $325,000, a single-night record for the event.

Pacific Power CEO and president Pat Reiten and his wife Randi served as the event's co-chairs.

Pacific Power CEO and president Pat Reiten and his wife Randi served as the event’s co-chairs.

Guests bid on packages during the silent auction held in the Sunken Ballroom of the Portland Art Museum.

Guests bid on packages during the silent auction held in the Sunken Ballroom of the Portland Art Museum. 

“Because of our guests’ generosity, we reached our fundraising goal for this event and increased our net income significantly over previous years,” said Joe Whitworth, president of The Freshwater Trust. “We want to thank our donors and sponsors for making this incredible night of fundraising possible.”

After dinner, guests enjoyed after-dinner drinks, desserts and dancing at the after-party in the Sunken Ballroom.

After dinner, guests enjoyed after-dinner drinks, desserts and dancing at the after-party in the Sunken Ballroom.

The Freshwater Trust is a501(c)(3) not-for-profit that restores rivers and streams throughout the Pacific Northwest using technology, data, and cooperative, market-based solutions that benefit rivers, working lands and local communities. The organization is dedicated to accelerating the pace and scale of quantified environmental restoration in order to achieve environmental gains on a timeline that matters. For more information visit www.thefreshwatertrust.org.

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