Another Amazing Annual Dinner!

Foothill Conservancy’s Annual Dinner and Fundraiser was held at Kennedy Mine in Jackson June 25. Over 100 members, supporters and friends enjoyed a delicious catered meal from Beth Sogaard Catering from Plymouth with musical accompaniment from The Wicked Sisters.

With donations of over 50 items, we had a successful raffle and silent auction. We thank Wicked Sisters for doing double duty as raffle MCs. Our live auction item of Bob Hartmann’s donation of popular and delectable homemade shortbread was a highlight. We introduced new board members Jillian Buckholz of Amador City and Meg Newell of Jackson. Participants also had the opportunity to view a project display of the Land Use and Watershed Protection committees.

The board recognized Bob Leitzell a traffic engineer and longtime board member, for his many contributions and his spouse Paula Leitzell, for both of their dedicated volunteerism. We thank Board members, staff and volunteers, Jackson Scout Troop # 78, their parents, and troop leader Marilou Mullen for their help setting up, serving and cleanup. Our appreciation goes to Andrea Macon who lent her table linen and water pitchers to decorate the colorful lawn tables.

bob paul leitzell family annual dinner

We are tremendously grateful to our event sponsors: Amador Olive Oil, Ken and Nancy Nieland, Mosquito Gulch Studio, East Bay Municipal Utility District and Lynn Morgan and Pat Minyard for their generous support.

We look forward to future gatherings with the community for the annual Mokelumne River cleanup, our next social gatherings being planned, and educational outings led by our Executive Director, Megan Fiske and Watershed Conservation Advocate Meredith Sierra.

Author: Marta Johnson, President, Foothill Conservancy Board of Directors 2020-2022

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Leslie Smith, Sutter Creek, CA: Raised in Washington State, Leslie is a happy California transplant having moved to Sunny Sutter Creek full time in 2020. As a nascent fly fisher and lifelong skier, she is committed to the natural environment and brings extensive organizational and finance experience to the board from a nearly 40 year career in banking.