We are deeply saddened to share with you the news that Sound Rivers’ staff and board, after consulting with local health officials, have made the very difficult decision to cancel the Oyster Roast this year. We are hopeful that the threat presented by COVID-19 will continue to lessen, however the information we have currently has prompted us to come to the conclusion that having our annual Oyster Roast would not be feasible in a way that would ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, and you, our amazing supporters. While the revenue lost from the cancelation of our largest fundraising event will provide challenges for our work in 2021 and 2022, your health and wellbeing are more important to us.
As we did last year, we will have a virtual silent auction. Though you’ll still have the opportunity to bid on fabulous vacations, handmade art and more, we cannot tell you how much we will miss gathering in person with you to celebrate our waterways.
A Message from Sound Rivers’ Board of Directors:
Thank you for your incredible support of Sound Rivers’ critical work to protect our water. Sound Rivers’ Board would like to invite you to join us this fall, as we have all pledged to increase our support for the organization. We know you are as concerned about the health of your waterways as we are; we all need Sound Rivers’ important work to continue.
With the Oyster Roast canceled for a second year in a row, Sound Rivers will rely more than ever on the generosity of you, our clean water community. We humbly ask that you join us in increasing your gift this year; even $10 more can help our organization continue to protect your waterways during this uncharted time.MAKE A SPECIAL GIFT TO SUPPORT CLEAN WATER HERE
From all of us who serve on the board, please accept our heartfelt appreciation for all you do for your waterways.
Sound Rivers Board of Directors
JoSeth Bocook, President – Tarboro
Catherine Kastleman, Vice President – Raleigh
Ann Marie Holder, Treasurer – Greenville
Mary Davidson, Secretary – New Bern
Adrian Atkinson – Winterville
David Emmerling – Pittsboro
Betsy Hester – Rocky Mount
Emilie Kane – Greenville
Walker Knox – Raleigh
Ernie Larkin – Washington
Dr. Sid Mitra – Winterville
Stephen Smith – Raleigh
Caty Gray Urquhart – Tarboro