It doesn’t get much better than this. Saturday night, the Watershed Committee celebrated its 30th anniversary at the Springfield Art Museum. It could not have gone much better. We set out the spectacular donated artwork at our silent auction table; photographs printed on metal, a hand-cut three-dimensional topographical map of the Little Sac watershed, handmade paddles, one-off glass and ceramic pieces, and more. The layout was stunning! Add to that our friends from Mother’s serving wonderful beer, Vino serving up the wine, and Tea Bar and Bites serving unbelievable/local/tasty/healthy snacks throughout the evening. Add to that the excellent hospitality of the Art Museum. Add to that a couple hundred of our closest friends and supporters making new connections and catching up with old friends. Also, it was a super moon outside.

Needless to say, our event went off spectacularly thanks to our friends and supporters, volunteers and staff, and our sponsors. A special thanks to Kelly and Mike for pulling together one of the smoothest events the town has ever seen. We were able to meet and exceed our goal of $30,000 in our 30th year and we learned a lot of good lessons about throwing an event like this one.

Now, before even having the opportunity to come off the mountain top from last week, we were overwhelmed again by the kindness and generosity of our friends. Today was the 3rd annual Fellows Lake Cleanup and it went very well indeed. The youth from Covenant Presbyterian Church came out to help us pick up trash; Dave Woods with the Missouri Department of Conservation brought a boat to haul people around in, as did our friend Zac. Pam and Paul Price of Fellows Lake Marina provided a canoe and tons of food for lunch, including their own farm-raised beef! We got a good load of trash hauled up and had a lot of fun doing it.

I feel as though every post could fall into the same theme, “Help from our friends.” Without the passionate and supportive community that surrounds us, we could not do what we are doing today. We could not have pulled off an event like we did on Saturday. I mountain of gratitude us owed all of you who are reading this and who have supported us through many if not all, of those thirty years. We are looking forward to the next thirty and to sharing all of those moments with you. Thanks for reading.

Rob Hunt, Watershed Center Coordinator

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