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Cocktails for the Colorado

Benefiting Colorado River Alliance

October 10, 2024
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Four Seasons Hotel Austin

Reserve your table by May 13th for an exclusive invitation to the Gala Kick-Off Party

This is a night you won't want to miss!

Thursday, October 10, 2024 | 6:00 pm 9:00 pm
Four Seasons Hotel

Join hundreds of Austin’s philanthropy, community, and corporate leaders for an evening of celebration and fundraising for our state’s lifeblood and greatest natural resource, the Texas Colorado River.

This is a momentous year as we commemorate the 30th anniversary of Colorado River Alliance. In celebration of this milestone year, CRA will honor all of our past John Lay River Hero Award Honorees and VIP Sponsors will enjoy an exclusive meet-and-greet with past Honorees to celebrate their commitment to water stewardship and the Texas Colorado River. Sally Allen, member of the CRA Board of Directors and daughter of John Lay, and her husband DJ Allen are chairing the gala host committee.

All funds raised will directly support the mission of Colorado River Alliance and serve communities throughout the full length of the Colorado River Basin to support, activate, or create efforts to conserve and protect our most precious resource.

By confirming your sponsorship or table by May 13th, you will secure your invitation to an exclusive kick-off party held at the Westwood Country Club on May 21st.

The Mission

Championing the long-term vitality of the Texas Colorado River through education and engagement.

A healthy, flowing river is imperative to the long-term well being of the communities through which it runs. With a commitment to innovation and collaboration, the Colorado River Alliance provides meaningful, memorable educational and engagement experiences that empower Texans with knowledge and tools to protect the Texas Colorado River.

John Lay River Hero Award

John Lay family

Colorado River Alliance has honored an individual, couple, group, business, or organization for contributions to the preservation and protection of the Texas Colorado River. Honorees have included Central Texas business leaders, corporations, conservationists, elected officials, news outlets, vineyard owners, musicians, a photographer, and a filmmaker.

The award was renamed in honor of our esteemed and beloved longtime Board President John Lay in 2020 for his outstanding service to protecting our river and his lifelong commitment to resource stewardship, education, and community building. Mr. Lay’s decades of leadership on the Colorado River Alliance Board ensured that thousands of school children had an opportunity to be inspired and excited by the Colorado River.

We will forever be grateful for his service and commitment to our mission. His impact will endure through the honor of this esteemed award. In loving memory of the remarkable Mr. Lay (1948-2023).

In 2024, Colorado River Alliance is excited to honor River Heroes of the past 30 years in celebration of the organization’s 30th Anniversary.

Sponsorship Opportunities

I cannot attend the event but would like to support CRA’s mission With a 100% tax deductible donation

2023 Sponsors

VIP Sponsors

Underwriting Sponsors

Concho River Sponsors

2024 Gala Chairs

Sally & DJ Allen

Host Committee

Mikah Berlingeri | Katherine and Bryan Beckworth | Susan and Ben Bufkin | Madison Carter | Melissa and Matt Dausch | Trask Dix | James Gauthreaux | Lindsey Holubec and Chase Easley | Reagan & Mickey Jamail | Andrea and Ryan Jestice | Celeste Lay | Paige and Carl Lay | Ellie Nakfoor | Killian Reagan | Sarah and Wade Webster