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Wild Night Out raises $75,000 in one night!

Posted on Oct 14, 2022 in Conservation News, Uncategorized, WA Wild Blog

Wild Night Out raises $75,000 in one night!

After going virtual for two years, our first in person event since 2019 was a huge success!

Wild Night Out is Washington Wild’s annual fundraising gala and awards ceremony. We are so thankful to all those who made it in person and came out to support our work.

What a fantastic evening for conservation and seeing our incredible supporters in person again. We ate great food, drank delicious beverages, and came together as a community to show how much our wild places in Washington mean to us. 

A big thank you to our sponsors for your generosity and attendance, our Brewshed Alliance for the beer donations and conservation support, our award winners for all the incredible work you put in to support our mission, and all of our guests. We can’t wait for next year!

Congratulations to our 2022 Award Winners

Conservation Voices Award Winner: Amy Gulick

Karen M. Fant Founder’s Award: Bill and Sue Cross

Brewshed® Alliance Award Winner: Watershed Pub and Kitchen

About our Award Winners:

Amy Gulick, Conservation Voices Award: Amy Gulick is a photographer, author, speaker and conservationist who helps people understand the importance of nature to humanity and all life on Earth. Her award-winning books include Salmon in the Trees: Life in Alaska’s Tongass Rain Forest and The Salmon Way: An Alaska State of Mind. She has supported Washington Wild’s work by writing appeal letters for our fundraising campaigns, signing onto multiple targeted letters, donating items to our auction, and donating to our mission.  

Bill and Sue Cross, Karen M. Fant Founder’s Award: Bill and Sue Cross have been supporting Washington Wild for over 20 years. As local residents of Index Washington, they emerged as key advocates of the successful Wild Sky Wilderness campaign. Bill and Sue worked alongside Washington Wild to develop local support, speak to local and national media outlets, and organize individuals throughout the Skykomish Valley in support of what would become the Wild Sky Wilderness. Inspired by their work with Washington Wild and the Sierra Club, in 2007 Bill and Sue began the effort to save Heybrook Ridge from being clear cut. They hosted a meeting of fellow Indexians at their house and began the successful effort to raise $1.210 million, which led to the founding of Heybrook Ridge County Park, a 150-acre gem with trails, adjacent to Index. 

Watershed Pub and Kitchen, Brewshed® Alliance Award: This year, we celebrate 10 years of our unique and impactful program, the Brewshed® Alliance. As we mark this milestone, we acknowledge that we wouldn’t be where we are today — working with over  70 brewing industry partners across the state to advance our shared interest in protecting our waterways — without the tireless efforts of the Watershed Pub.  The relationships that have been created because of owners Ben and Kelsey Curran and the  whole Watershed team have been instrumental to the impact of the Alliance. Watershed has made a conservation impact through the Brewshed® by signing onto targeted campaign letters, brewing charity beers, hosting events, and sharing our mission with their patrons.