EPIC Thank You for Spring Gala

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

THANK YOU to EVERYONE who came out to support EPIC at the Vagabond Opera & Fishtank Ensemble EPIC Spring Gala!!

The entire Board and Staff of EPIC would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to all of the people who were a part of our Spring Gala for the dedication of their time, energy, and resources to this incredibly successful event. This ingenious celebration of our environmental advocacy was possible due to the contributions of the artists, musicians, performers, and spectacular cooks who were responsible for the dinner and show. The event came off with breathtaking ease due to the generosity, stamina, and commitment of all the volunteers who were involved. Thank you all for expressing the craftsmanship intrinsic to serving as the guardians of your wild California!

Special thanks to ALL of the MORE than 80 VOLUNTEERS!

Tryphena Lewis for taking on the unbelievable role of coordinating and planning the entire event, including creating the delicious dinner and bar menus!

Resha Reneau for all her help, her beautiful artistic eye, and exquisite execution with the Silent Auction;

Natalia Boyce and the entire kitchen crew for making the amazing food;

Amanda Rose of Devine Creations for her incredible chocolate mocha cheesecake (who knew that raw, vegan and gluten free could be so divine?);

To all the Humboldt Fire Girls who served up the hors d’oeuvres and dinner with such style;

Fhyre Phoenix for helping with Stage Management and keeping things moving on time;

To ALL THE FABULOUS PERFORMERS for truly bringing it: Nicholette Routhier and Andrew Wether of Dell’Arte for being such fun MCs, to Shoshanna and the Ya Habibi Dance Company for their beautiful belly dance offering, to Chakeeta and the Circus of Elements for their magical fire performances, to Steven Weven and his Varietyville Friends for their talents and juggling fun, to Tofu Mike for doing such a great job with the lights and sound, to BOTH BANDS Vagabond Opera and Fishtank Ensemble for their years of dedication to their craft and gracing us with their musical talents;

To ALL THE ARTISTS and BUSINESSES who supported the event and donated so generously to the silent auction, especially to Annie Salt for her help and inspiration, and to Jeff and Carla of Sew What for sewing the beautiful tent-like fabric in the hall;

To Shawnee Alexandri, and his crew Ryan Sullivan and Bobby Wright, for their talent, patience and hard work creating and installing the tent-like structure, and to Mike and Ed of the Arcata Community Center for all their help;

To all our friends and community who traveled from afar to bring their support (from Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, Oregon) it meant a lot to have you there, thank you!

And to the EPIC Staff and Board (Natalynne, Amber, Kelly, Gary, Andrew, Dian, Rob, Kimberly, Noah, Josh, Heather, Joan, Hezakiah, Shawnee…), THANK YOU!

This event was a wonderful mix of art and entertainment, and for those of us in the intimate circle of EPIC it was particularly exciting to express the artistic side of our technical advocacy that combines law, science, and politics to defend native ecosystems and endangered species. This art is the creative spirit that will accompany us as we design a sustainable and ecologically wise relationship with our bioregion. Thank you for being a part of this celebration with us.  See photo gallery below.

EPIC 2012 Spring Gala Business Supporters and Silent Auction Donors
Jade Dragon Spa
Om Shala Yoga
Veruschka Normandeau
Humboldt Back & Neck Pain Center
Lorraine Tryon
Samantha at Panache Foot Bar
Parker’s Beauty Bar
Hair Unlimited
Adam Wolter
Devine Creations
Mycality Mushrooms
Asia Anderson
Bloom Salon
Dr. Robert Kleiman
Sukura Herbals
Jeff Jacobsen
Ann Youmans
Erin Rowe
Jamie Bellerman
Country Living Florists
Los Bagels
New World Water
Mad River Brewery
Elk Prairie Vineyards
Robert Goodman Wines
New World Ballet
The Pearl Lounge
Northtown Books
Caravan of Dreams
Wildberries Market
Willow & Rags
Morning Star
New Outdoor Store
Pro Sports Center
Old Town Antique Lighting
Pierson’s Building Center
Trinidad Trading Company
Bayside Roasters
Hot Knots
Natural Selection
Northcoast Co-Op
Adventures Edge
Vintage Avenger
Belle Starr
Yi Fang Imports
Ship Wreck
Sew What
Accident Gallery
Good Relations
Murphy’s Markets
Tru Bru
Water Planet
Moonrise Herbs
Global Village Gallery
Brio Breadworks
Signature Coffee
Laurel Sky
John Chapman
Justine Levy
Jay Bird
Thomas Dunklin
Carrie Grant
Jim Lowery
Shannon Sullivan
Jennifer Metz
Joan Dunning
Aaron Houser
Ryan Hurst
David Zdrazil
Jeffery & Iris
Montage Art
Joe Sandoval
Harold Funk
Folie Douce
Abruzzi/Moonstone/Plaza Grill
Luke’s Joint
The Other Place
955 Restaurant
Passion Presents
North Coast Repertory Theatre
Hotel Arcata
Sweetwater Inn
Benbow Inn