After more than 20 years at the American Legion Hall in Maxwell, the popular Hot Cajun Night fundraiser for Family Water Alliance changed locations to better accommodate the organization’s growing number of supporters.
The Cajun-style dinner, auction, and raffle funds the operation of the local organization, best known for its fish screen program and advocacy of agriculture, private property rights, and rural communities, organizers said. The event was held for the first time at St. Bernadette’s Hall in Colusa.
“Colusa really welcomed us,” said Nadine Bailey, FWA’s executive director.
About 350 people, a mix of both long-time and new supporters, attended Saturday’s fundraiser.
The permanent new location will allow Family Water Alliance to invite 100 or more new attendees to the event in the future, Bailey said.
The year 2016 was a busy one for Family Water Alliance, which focused on the Sites Reservoir project.
FWA staff assisted Jim Watson, general manager for the Sites Joint Powers Authority, as he transitioned to his new office in Maxwell.
But mostly, FWA has been the leading advocate for the water storage project – a direct result of the financial support the community has given the organization, Watson said.
“They got it on the radar, and made it a priority with our elected officials,” Watson said. “If it wasn’t for Family Water Alliance, we wouldn’t be where we are today – ready to put forth an application to put Sites Reservoir (on the map) and get it built now.”
As has become tradition the past few years, Family Water Alliance used the opportunity of Hot Cajun Night to recognized partners in the community.
Bailey presented an award to Ed Hulbert of Colusa Industrial Properties for his project on the Sacramento River.
Bailey also accepted special recognition on behalf of Family Water Alliance from Ashley Indrieri, public outreach coordinator for Pacific Legal Foundation, a legal defender of property rights and limited government.
Members of Maxwell High School’s Future Business Leaders of American served the traditional dinner of tri-tip, salmon, and jambalaya, and also served as auction runners.
Assemblyman James Gallagher, Colusa County Supervisor John Loudon, and Glenn County Supervisor Vince Minto were among the dignitaries present. ▪
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