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A "Night on the Red Carpet"

On November 21, 2009, Family Water Alliance rolled out the red carpet for over 300 supporters at the14th Annual “Hot Cajun Night” Dinner, Auction and Raffle. Even hard economic times didn’t dampen this year’s great achievement. Without the astounding support from our surrounding communities, FWA would not be able to continue its efforts as a strong grassroots voice for the sustainability of agriculture and private property rights in rural communities throughout California.

Legislative representatives demonstrating their support at this year’s successful event were Senator Sam Aanestad, Assemblyman Jim Nielsen, and former Assemblyman Rick Keene. Both Nielsen and Aanestad grasped the opportunity to speak to all in attendance. “The Delta is the heart of California Water,” Nielsen said. “But it’s not all of FWA executive director, Ashley Indrieri, addresses the large crowd as FWA President Joe Carrancho and FWA Director Mary Spooner Danley look on.California’s water.” Our leaders continue to work hard to see that a new water bill become less significant for environmental groups and the Delta, and still set money aside for long needed surface water storage projects.

Local government leaders also in attendance to show their continued support were, Colusa County Supervisors Kim Vann and Tom Indrieri, Yolo County Supervisor Duane Chamberlain, past Yolo County Supervisor Frank Sieferman, Sr., and Colusa County Superior Court Judge Jeff Thompson.

Executive Director for FWA, Ashley Indrieri, expressed how FWA has worked for nearly 20 years to combat programs that could put farmers and ranchers out of business and cause economic harm to the local communities. “It’s an uphill battle with the continued water crisis and the state of the economy, but we have to rely on the support of the communities we

To help promote attendance and reward those who support our efforts, FWA gives away some desirable door prizes. This year, $1000 Christmas Cash Grand Prize donated by Butte Creek Farms, was won by Dennis James of Willows. First Prize, won by Aaron Moore of Colusa, was a Traeger Pellet Grill donated by Pacific Gas & Electric and the “Early Bird” prize, a Beretta 3901 Shotgun, donated by Kittle’s Outdoor & Sport Company, was won by Dave Spooner of Willows.

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

Once again, Family Water Alliance would like to thank everyone for their continued support throughout the years. ■

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