Ralph White River Hero

Nominations are in

A committee of city leaders met on Monday, March 30, to determine this year's River Hero award recipients. The nominees are:

  • Janice Akers Marauta, "Human Adventures" hiking guide
  • Dennis Bussey, James River Hikers
  • Bob Jones, Photographer and owner of Jones Landing
  • Jay McLaughlin, Photographer and author of NEWFAZE Blog
  • Scott Turner, Riverside Outfitters
  • Anne Wright, VCU Biologist, Science in the Park creator, and educator

Award Celebration

JOIN US for a celebration honoring the people who make the James River and the JRPS better for all to enjoy.

To purchase tickets for the upcoming Ralph White River Hero Award Celebration on Thursday, April 30, 2015, please print out the form below, provide the information requested and mail it along with your payment to the FoJRP. Your tickets will be mailed to you in advance of the event.

For tickets and more information about the event, contact Kelly Gotschalk at artfonzie@yahoo.com

Deadline for ticket sales is April 15, 2015.

History of the Award

In 2011, The Friends of the James River Park launched the River Heroes Award to acknowledge and honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to James River Park. The award is now called the Ralph White River Hero Award in honor of former Park Manager Ralph White — one of the 2014 River Hero Award recipients.

Past recipient’s wide-ranging efforts included volunteer work, educational efforts, preservation, and promotional activities that encourage responsible use of the Park. Their contributions have been showcased at the Friends of James River Park annual picnic at the Historic Pump House.

Nomination Categories

Nominations are closed for 2015. Individuals, companies, or organizations may be nominated. To qualify, projects must be coordinated with Park staff and contribute to one or more of the following areas:

  • Preservation: Enhance, protect and/or preserve James River Park for future generations through leadership, hands-on volunteer work or changes to public policy.
  • Education: Create educational opportunities by leading educational or recreational groups through the Park and encouraging responsible Park stewardship.
  • Promotion: Promote the park to the public and/or Park visitors through art/film/photography, projects, lectures, and other activities.

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Who is a River Hero?

Anyone who has worked to make the James River a better place for both people and wildlife.

Read the 2015 River Heroes Award Press Release (PDF)