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Winter 2009

2008 FWA Hot Cajun Fundraiser Dinner

The 13th Annual Family Water Alliance Dinner, Auction and Raffle, held November 22, 2008, can be called the fundraising event of the year. With close to 300 supporters in attendance the packed Maxwell Veteran’s Hall showed the overwhelming support of our local communities. This annual event raises money to fund FWA’s efforts, allowing us to continue our work as a strong grassroots voice for theFWA Executive Director Ashley Indrieri with Assemblyman Doug LaMalfa, State Senator Sam Aanestad & Congressman Wally Herger at the FWA Hot Cajun dinner. sustainability of agriculture and private property rights in rural communities throughout California.

This event was attended by Congressman Wally Herger, Senator Sam Aanestad, Assemblyman Doug LaMalfa, as well as many local government leaders who have supported FWA over the years. “We have to remain diligent,” Herger said. “It’s organizations like this that steer us through troubled waters”.

Congressman Wally Herger addresses the crowd at the 13th Annual FWA Hot Cajun fundraiser dinner.“For nearly two decades, FWA has remained diligent to combat programs and agendas that threaten the rural way of life. Reliable water for farms and ranches throughout the state will be a critical issue for FWA this coming year,” said Ashley Indrieri, executive director of FWA.

Senator Sam Aanestad also said that water wars are expected to come up in the next legislative session, which could spell disaster for Northern California. “When I look for an expert opinion, I look to Family Water Alliance. I can always count on FWA for honest feedback,” Aanestad said.

FWA also had the opportunity to recognize Sherry Maltby for her support of FWA and the creation of the Hot Cajun Night menu. “The foodand menu tonight was created by Sherry and we all owe her a round of applause,” said Joe Carrancho, FWA Board President.

Each year FWA gives away door prizes to promote attendance, as well as to give back to those that support our efforts. The Grand Prize, a 42" LCD Flat Panel TV donated by Butte Creek Farms, was won by Brenda Mench of Colusa. The First Prize, won by Curt Spyres of Arbuckle, was a Nintendo Wii donated by Selover’s Paint and Body Auto Center. The “EarlyBird” prize, a.17 HMR CZ USA Rifle, donated by Kittle’s Outdoor & Sport Company, was won by Kathy Craigo of Grimes.

The annual dinner is FWA’s largest yearly fundraiser, which allows us to continue to represent landowners and rural agricultural communities in Northern California addressing issues that threaten our customs and culture.

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