Join Cheers to the Coosa at the Clubhouse on Highland on September 19. Tickets are limited.

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The view over Moccasin Gap in Wetumpka, Alabama on the Coosa River. Photo by A.Odrezin from the Coosa Riverkeeper Facebook page

Summer is almost over.

There is no better way to celebrate its end than to raise a glass to the river we all know and love – the Coosa River.

This Thursday, September 19, 6:00, the Coosa Riverkeeper will be holding their largest fundraiser of the year, Cheers to the Coosa, at the Clubhouse on Highland. Tickets are LIMITED – get them HERE.

Farm to Table Meal and Silent Auction

Featuring a  farm to table meal prepared by Chef Miguel Figueroa, there will also be a wide assortment of  beer, wine and a fun seasonal cocktail. Along with the food, there is a silent auction that will include, Southwest Airline tickets, three vacation packages, John Lytle Wilson painting and Birmingham special events such as Alabama Symphony Orchestra tickets and more.

Coosa Riverkeeper

The Coosa Riverkeeper was founded in 2010 after American Rivers named the Coosa River as one of the most endangered rivers in the nation.

The Cheers to the Coosa Series  began in 2013.

The organization is known as the state’s leading “Right to Know” river advocate, pioneering and establishing the now often modeled Swim and Fish Guides. Since the last Cheers to the Coosa in 2018, the Riverkeeper has grown their bacterial monitoring program for the Swim Guide to 28 sites for 18 weeks and issued 51 water quality alerts this summer alone.

“When you buy a ticket or purchase a silent auction item that money makes sure that 100s of thousands of families are safe to swim and where the fish is safe to eat,” said Justinn Overton, Executive Director, Coosa Riverkeeper, in an interview with Bham Now.

Chef Miguel “Get’s It”

Of course the highlight of the Cheers to the Coosa at the Clubhouse on Highland will be the meal served up by Chef Miguel Figueroa from The Hotel at Auburn University and Ariccia.

Overton says he “gets it!”

“Chef Miguel is a sensational chef.  No matter where he has worked, he has come up to make some amazing meals that highlight local produce from the Coosa Valley and the Birmingham metro area and he creates a seasonal inspired menu that is daring and memorable.

He gets our work and he understands the importance for clean water. Every chef  knows that clean water is the most important ingredient in their kitchen.”

Ticket are Limited

Coosa Riverkeeper volunteers at Cheers to the Coosa. Photo courtesy of Coosa Riverkeeper

Tickets to this event are limited.  Reserve your ticket today (ticket prices increase $10 at the door) by visiting:



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Pat Byington
Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
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