The Freshwater Trust reimagines annual fundraiser

February 8, 2017

PORTLAND, OR – The Freshwater Trust, a freshwater conservation and restoration nonprofit, has refreshed and reimagined the structure of its annual fundraiser to celebrate the organization’s 34-year history.

On Thursday, March 9, 2017, the new event, aptly named “Then. Now. Next.” will celebrate the rich history of the organization, its current initiatives and dreams for the future.

“We’ve evolved significantly over the years,” said Andy Meeks, development director for The Freshwater Trust. “We wanted to reboot this annual event to reflect who we are today in a way that would be more accessible and exciting for our  supporters.”

The reimagined event will be held at Castaway Portland just outside of downtown Portland’s Pearl District and will feature Patrick Criteser, CEO of Tillamook Creamery, and Gia Schneider, CEO of California’s Natel Energy, as keynote speakers.

The Freshwater Trust was founded as Oregon Trout in 1983. The group listed the first Pacific Salmon species under the Endangered Species Act. Today, the organization not only works on the ground restoring water quality and quantity in key Western basins but also behind the scenes, developing technologies that are scalable and meaningful to all those managing and investing in water.

Today, the organization works with a variety of stakeholders, including cities and utility providers. They design and implement data-driven solutions to fixing a multitude of freshwater issues efficiently and effectively.

“The Freshwater Trust is like many start-ups in Portland in that we’re creating game-changing solutions for a sector that desperately needs changing,” said Meeks. “In order to continue innovating, we need the support of generous, forward-thinking individuals and businesses to provide the fuel that fires our work.”

NW Natural, Carr Auto Group, Ernst & Young and Wells Fargo are the lead sponsors from a group of more than 25 businesses supporting the event.

“We couldn’t have become who we are today without our community of supporters,” said Meeks. “On March 9, we’ll salute the legacy of those who have been with us since the beginning and inspire many more to join us for what’s to come.”


The Freshwater Trust: The Freshwater Trust is a group of bold problem solvers designing and implementing data-driven solutions that protect and restore America’s freshwater.


Haley Walker

Communications Director

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