Mountain Mayhem: River Rendezvous |

Mountain Mayhem: River Rendezvous

Joyce and Bill Gruenberg, named the 2015 River Conservators by the Roaring Fork Conservancy.

Seventeen years ago, Roaring Fork Conservancy Director Jeanne Beaudry asked founding board member Bill Gruenberg how a new nonprofit could be successful in raising funds. Bill responded by arranging a meeting between Jeanne and his wife, Joyce, who had significant fundraising experience. The River Rendezvous was the brainchild of that meeting and is still going strong today. The basic format remains — have a special dinner party, preferably beside the river, with live and silent auctions.

Over the years, they have refined the details for what continues to be a very successful gathering, adding unexpected elements such as a helicopter tour over Ruedi Reservoir some of those years and fly-fishing and trout releases in the Frying Pan for all to enjoy. Funds raised at their now 16 River Rendezvous benefits thus far have exceeded $3.5 million dollars, all directed to programs to protect our rivers, keep water in our rivers, monitor water quality, and preserve riparian habitat.

The Gruenbergs were recognized at the most recent River Rendezvous on July 15, presented with the Robert Billingsley River Conservator Award. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and dinner from Aspen Skiing Company, live music from Bo Hale Treatment and more.

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