EPIC Thank You for Spring Gala


The entire Board and Staff of EPIC would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to all of the people who were a part of our Spring Gala for the dedication of their time, energy, and resources to this incredibly successful event. This ingenious celebration of our environmental advocacy was possible due to the contributions of the artists, musicians, performers, and spectacular cooks who were responsible for the dinner and show. The event came off with breathtaking ease due to the generosity, stamina, and commitment of all the volunteers who were involved. Thank you all for expressing the craftsmanship intrinsic to serving as the guardians of your wild California!

Special thanks to ALL of the MORE than 80 VOLUNTEERS!

Tryphena Lewis for taking on the unbelievable role of coordinating and planning the entire event, including creating the delicious dinner and bar menus!

Resha Reneau for all her help, her beautiful artistic eye, and exquisite execution with the Silent Auction;

Natalia Boyce and the entire kitchen crew for making the amazing food;

Amanda Rose of Devine Creations for her incredible chocolate mocha cheesecake (who knew that raw, vegan and gluten free could be so divine?);

To all the Humboldt Fire Girls who served up the hors d’oeuvres and dinner with such style;

Fhyre Phoenix for helping with Stage Management and keeping things moving on time;

To ALL THE FABULOUS PERFORMERS for truly bringing it: Nicholette Routhier and Andrew Wether of Dell’Arte for being such fun MCs, to Shoshanna and the Ya Habibi Dance Company for their beautiful belly dance offering, to Chakeeta and the Circus of Elements for their magical fire performances, to Steven Weven and his Varietyville Friends for their talents and juggling fun, to Tofu Mike for doing such a great job with the lights and sound, to BOTH BANDS Vagabond Opera and Fishtank Ensemble for their years of dedication to their craft and gracing us with their musical talents;

To ALL THE ARTISTS and BUSINESSES who supported the event and donated so generously to the silent auction, especially to Annie Salt for her help and inspiration, and to Jeff and Carla of Sew What for sewing the beautiful tent-like fabric in the hall;

To Shawnee Alexandri, and his crew Ryan Sullivan and Bobby Wright, for their talent, patience and hard work creating and installing the tent-like structure, and to Mike and Ed of the Arcata Community Center for all their help;

To all our friends and community who traveled from afar to bring their support (from Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, Oregon) it meant a lot to have you there, thank you!

And to the EPIC Staff and Board (Natalynne, Amber, Kelly, Gary, Andrew, Dian, Rob, Kimberly, Noah, Josh, Heather, Joan, Hezakiah, Shawnee…), THANK YOU!

This event was a wonderful mix of art and entertainment, and for those of us in the intimate circle of EPIC it was particularly exciting to express the artistic side of our technical advocacy that combines law, science, and politics to defend native ecosystems and endangered species. This art is the creative spirit that will accompany us as we design a sustainable and ecologically wise relationship with our bioregion. Thank you for being a part of this celebration with us.  See photo gallery below.

EPIC 2012 Spring Gala Business Supporters and Silent Auction Donors Jade Dragon Spa Om Shala Yoga Veruschka Normandeau Humboldt Back & Neck Pain Center Lorraine Tryon Samantha at Panache Foot Bar Parker’s Beauty Bar Hair Unlimited Adam Wolter Devine Creations Mycality Mushrooms Asia Anderson Bloom Salon Dr. Robert Kleiman Sukura Herbals Jeff Jacobsen Ann Youmans Shoshanna Erin Rowe Jamie Bellerman Country Living Florists Los Bagels New World Water Mad River Brewery Elk Prairie Vineyards Robert Goodman Wines New World Ballet The Pearl Lounge Northtown Books Caravan of Dreams Wildberries Market Willow & Rags Morning Star New Outdoor Store Pro Sports Center Old Town Antique Lighting Pierson’s Building Center Trinidad Trading Company Bayside Roasters Hot Knots Natural Selection Northcoast Co-Op Adventures Edge Booklegger Vintage Avenger Belle Starr Yi Fang Imports Ship Wreck Sew What Accident Gallery Good Relations Murphy’s Markets Bang-Bang Tru Bru Water Planet Libation Moonrise Herbs Global Village Gallery Alirose Brio Breadworks Signature Coffee Laurel Sky John Chapman Justine Levy Jay Bird Thomas Dunklin Carrie Grant Jim Lowery Shannon Sullivan Jennifer Metz Joan Dunning Aaron Houser Ryan Hurst David Zdrazil Jeffery & Iris Montage Art Joe Sandoval Harold Funk Folie Douce Abruzzi/Moonstone/Plaza Grill Luke’s Joint The Other Place 955 Restaurant Passion Presents North Coast Repertory Theatre Dell’Arte Hotel Arcata Sweetwater Inn Benbow Inn