Got Medal? New FIESTA® Medals Raise Awareness for River Foundation Mission

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What could be better than combining the San Antonio River, Fiesta, cocktails and a local non-profit all into one evening?

     On Tuesday, April 17 at 5:30 p.m., Bohanan’s Restaurant & Bar, the San Antonio River Foundation and Rio San Antonio Cruises will join forces for a celebration at Bohanan’s Restaurant & Bar in which all three businesses will unveil their 2012 Fiesta medals and celebrate the river, with cocktail proceeds benefiting the San Antonio River Foundation. The community is invited to this medal unveiling.
Rio San Antonio Cruises     JoAnn Boone, president and CEO of Rio San Antonio Cruises, will reveal the fifth edition of the Rio San Antonio Cruises Fiesta medal. This year’s pin takes a humorous look at Boone as a “Queen of the Nile” bobble head aboard Rio San Antonio Cruises. She pokes fun at herself as she rides the Rio to help raise awareness for the River Foundation, which works to enhance the natural beauty, recreational use and public appreciation of the entire San Antonio River through Bexar, Wilson, Karnes and Goliad counties.
“I’m a huge supporter of both the San Antonio River Foundation and Bohanan’s,” said Boone, a River Foundation board member for the past three years. “We look forward to unveiling our medals together at this exciting collaborative event.”The 2012 Fiesta medals for the River Foundation and Bohanan’s Restaurant & Bar will also be unveiled that evening.
“We are so thrilled to kick off Fiesta this year and to raise awareness and funds for the River Foundation mission,” said Estela Avery, executive director of the San Antonio River Foundation. “This partnership will make such a difference in enhancing the river for locals, visitors and generations to come.”
San Antonio River Foundation
In 2012, the San Antonio River Foundation will continue to:
– Further the vision of the San Antonio River Improvements Project’s Art Master Plan through installations including bridge railings, shade sculptures, and art benches;
– Develop Confluence Park and its educational and recreational programs and offerings: and
– Collaborate with the San Antonio River Authority, Bexar County, River Oversight Committee and the National Park Service in creating “Mission Portals” or meaningful connective plazas between the missions and the San Antonio River.
FIESTA® Medals
The River Foundation’s 2012 Fiesta medal features beautiful flowing blue waves, dancing figures, colorful sunbursts and polished gold letters. Bohanan’s medal showcases its “Number 2 Best Steak in Texas” ranking coupled with a ribeye steak and the restaurant’s logo.
“The San Antonio River and Fiesta are both integral parts of who we are as a community,” said Executive Chef and Owner Mark Bohanan. “It seems only natural to partner with organizations that preserve and nurture the river’s existence, importance and beauty, while also celebrating our beloved Fiesta.”
Drink and Raise Money
All proceeds from the Rio Snap cocktail during this event and throughout the 11 days of Fiesta will go to the San Antonio River Foundation. A “mocktail” version of this cocktail will also be offered, which does not include liquor and is served over ice. In addition, Bohanan’s will host six lunches for the River Foundation to help showcase its various projects and commitments to keeping the river beautifully maintained and making it a platform for the arts, culture, history and education that makes San Antonio a wonderful place to live, work and visit.
Free Parking
In conjunction with the Downtown Tuesday program, FREE parking is available on Tuesday evenings at any of the city-operated parking garages, lots and meters from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Visit www.sanantonio.gov/dtops/pdf/ParkingPrintableMap.pdf for a map of eligible parking facilities. Valet parking is also available at Bohanan’s Restaurant & Bar for $10.
RSVP…Please RSVP to Rhonda Farias with the San Antonio River Foundation at (210) 224-2694.

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