Sound Rivers celebrates River Friendly Businesses 2019

Environmental, Sound Rivers

Posted on December 23rd, 2020

Sound Rivers’ Grace Lekson recently recognized Lisa Smith-Gargaro with a plaque naming her and her salon, Capelli’s, a River Friendly Business of the Year. (Photo by Grace Lekson)

The River Friendly Businesses of the Year Award recognizes active support for Sound Rivers’ mission to protect the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico rivers. These folks have really come through for us year after year, and we appreciate their ongoing efforts for clean water!

Recipients this year include:

Capelli’s Salon, Washington

Lisa Smith-Gargaro, owner of Capelli’s, lifts up Sound Rivers’ work every April, in honor of Earth Day. Between donations collected and bringing awareness to the issues facing our waterways to the attention of Capelli’s many clients, Lisa has shown continuing support for Sound Rivers’ mission.





Great Outdoor Provision Company, Greenville/Raleigh

Great Outdoor Provision Company has consistently supported Sound Rivers’ advocacy efforts, cleanups and the Tar-Pamlico water trail. Hear what they have to say about their continuing support and why it’s important in the video below:



Duck Rabbit Craft Brewery, Farmville

Duck Rabbit Craft Brewery owner Paul Philippon has been a long-time friend of Sound Rivers, donating craft beer to the Sound Rivers’ annual Oyster Roast for the past 15 years. Learn why Paul thinks clean water is important in the video below:



The Flame, New Bern

Chef Smoke and his restaurant, The Flame, have been on board with the Sound Rivers’ mission since the first year our popular fundraiser, Taste of Coastal Carolina, was held 17 years ago. Sound Rivers’ Executive Director Heather Deck explains how supportive The Flame has been to a busy Chef Smoke in the video below:



Every year, Sound Rivers recognizes quite a few partners in clean water, as a thank you for their efforts and dedication to our mission.

The awards are usually given out during the Sound Rivers’ spring board meeting, but this year, COVID-19 curtailed the gathering where the 2019 awards would have been announced. We’ve decided to wrap things for up the year with scaled down, virtual and individual awards meetings, instead.

We appreciate all of our many volunteers and supporters, who help us keep our water swimmable, fishable and drinkable. Here are a few who’ve gone above and beyond for Sound Rivers, our mission and our waterways!

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