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2016 River Heroes

The Friends of the James River Park and community leaders are pleased and proud to announce our 2016 River Heroes!

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For the first time, all the winners of the Ralph White River Hero Award were women. Below find only a portion of their accomplishments:

Molly Dellinger-Wray served on the board of Friends of the James River Park for 15 years – two terms as president, led a major community discussion on dogs in the park, launched the Friends’ Protection and Preservation Fund for JRPS, hosted innumerable FOJRP board retreats at her house, and continues volunteering in the park.

With a wealth of experiential knowledge about the JRPS, Tricia Pearsall has led guided tours around the river for students, is a board member of the James River Outdoor Coalition, a member of the James State Scenic River Advisory Committee and the T. Tyler Potterfield Damwalk Art Commission, and is educating fisherfolk about littering.

As treasurer of the James River Outdoor Coalition, Sally Wetzler has long kept its hands-on projects within budget and on schedule. She works to secure accessibility to the James River for all, including the disabled, and, as a paraplegic who kayaks, she serves as a role model to disabled people pursuing adventure sports, doing so as a volunteer for Sportable.

The award ceremony took place on Tuesday, May 10, on the 15th floor of the Troutman Sanders Building, overlooking the James River Heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages were served.

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About the River Hero Award

With this annual event, the Friends of the James River Park hope to bring attention to the magnificent, scenic river that runs through Richmond and to those who have worked to make the James River a better place for both people and wildlife.

No award was made in 2013.