On April 1st, 2017 we hosted our annual benefit at the Marin Museum of Bicycling in Fairfax! The event brought over 100 people together from the Fairfax community and beyond to enjoy a fun evening together in the beautiful museum space.
ENTERTAINMENT: Jack Irving offered his lovely acoustic tunes early on and the Fairfax Funsters of Funtime, a talented community band led by Robert Powell, inspired lots of dancing throughout the night. The April Fools fun was offered up by David Haskell and Kiki La Porta who challenged the audience to a questionnaire of Fairfax history (answers to be posted soon!).
AUCTION: Our silent and live auctions were a big success and featured over sixty items. See Ellauri of Key Tea/Open Secret Bookstore was a masterful auctioneer and inspired some lively bidding! The sexy hotness sleeping bags, modeled by Renee Goddard (see photo), were won by Taste Kitchen & Table owner Lorenzo Jones.
E-BIKE RAFFLE! We were thrilled to feature a Kalkhoff electric bike, generously donated by The New Wheel, for our raffle this year. We sold 889 tickets, and the winner was… drum roll… Peter Laques! Peter played with the Fairfax Funsters band all evening and also serves on the Fairfax Town Council. He was shocked to win the $2k bike and even rode the bike home from the event. Other raffle winners included Sam Jones and Pat Eklund for items donated by Boreas Gear!
Nate Byerley of The New Wheel traveled from Arizona to join us and announced their new Bicycle & Car Trade-in program! Believe it or not, you can trade in a car for credit towards an electric bike. This program aligns nicely with the Sustainable Fairfax ReduceX2 program which encourages less car trips per week.
More Thank You’s: Donna’s Tamales, Grilly’s, Jasmine Market, Miyoko’s Kitchen, Sorella’s, Lagunitas Brewery, Marin Brewing Company for food and drink. Also thanks to Marin Sanitary Service, Flynn Riley LLP and North Berkeley Investment Partners for generously helping with event expenses. The Marin Museum of Bicycling. And rock star volunteers Lynette Carlton, Lexi Neely (our intern!), Allison Ritter, Stephanie Schipper, Kat Steele and Laura Vernon.
Sustainable Fairfax is grateful for being a part of an engaged and connected community, and thanks everyone who has supported our mission over recent years. We look forward to continuing with more education, activism and conservation in the years ahead!