The staff and board of the Environmental Protection Information Center would like to thank all the attendees, businesses, sponsors, volunteers and artists who helped make our first EPIC Forest Prom a success! It was inspiring to see a room full fresh faces engaged in our cause. We were thrilled to host an event that showcased our old school EPIC charm with the vibrant new generation of environmental activists.
EPIC was proud to partner with Zero Waste Humboldt to host a Zero Waste Prom! From our decorations and corsages—to our glassware and eco green plates, we were able to pull off a huge event with little to no waste.
Congratulations to Nathaniel Pennington and Briana Villalobos for taking home the crown. We were honored to highlight the impactful work of our EPIC Prom Court Nominees. A special thanks goes out to Jennifer Savage, Mitra Abidi, Natalynne Delapp, Robert Shearer, and Mike Wilson for being such good sports and helping raise money for the forests and wildlife of North Coast California.
Businesses and Sponsors
We owe a special thank you to Lost Coast Communications for their generous radio ad sponsorship, and for Collin Yeo for the A+E blog feature in the North Coast Journal. Thank you to long-term EPIC board member, Peter Martin for your sponsorship—we appreciate your support! A huge thank you goes to The Arcata Veterans Hall and the staff who helped us put up and break down decorations. Joanne McGarry for assisting in our Zero Waste Prom initiative and allowing us borrow her eco green plates. Sue Leskiw for her delicious donated desserts. Arcata Tuxedo for their free tux rental giveaway. Sincere appreciation goes out to Mad River Brewery, Lost Coast Brewery, Humboldt Cider Co., Sean Charles, Moonstone Crossing, and the Co-Op for the food and drink donations. We could not have done it without you all!
We have great appreciation for the musical acts that helped make this event a success! We were happy to support local favorites The Apiary and DJ East One. We were all boogying on the dance floor till the wee hours of the night, and it was truly a joy to see everyone let loose in their formal prom attire. Thank you Phil from the Arcata Veterans Hall for assisting with sound throughout the night.
EPIC’s volunteers are the roots of our success, and EPIC’s Forest Prom could not have happened without their support. A special thank you to Anne, Molly, Abbey, Casey, Amber, and Rob for dedicating the time and energy to craft, create, and forage all the decorations for EPIC’s Forest Prom. Thank you to Luke and Kyra for donating their time to make our EPIC Forest Prom posters, and to Madrone and Halle for making the most beautiful corsages and boutonnieres. Shawnee and Tryphena for allowing us to borrow their pint glasses and bar kit. Adam, Lexi, Madison, Shohei, Emely and Claire for assisting with the setup of the bar and venue. Our fabulous bartenders Pierce, Ali, Elyse, and Daniel for quenching everyone’s thirst. Nathaniel for assisting us at the door, Gigi and Stan for helping us bus dishes, Tom for helping haul the kegs and decorations in his truck, and to Dennis for supporting us wherever we needed help. Many of our volunteers assisted in multiple positions throughout the night—and their dedication does not go unnoticed! Thank you!
We were blessed to have two different photographers document the nights festivities! Thank you to James Adam Taylor Photography  for the candid shots, and to Ray Cisek for coordinating our photo booth.
Don’t worry if you weren’t able to make it this year, we are thrilled to announce that the EPIC Forest Prom will now be an annual event!
Photos Below courtesy of James Adam Taylor: