Break out the formal wear and sandals. On June 5, American Whitewater (AW) celebrates 50 years of fighting for river access and conservation with a fund-raising dinner gala at The Lodge At Vail in Vail, Colorado. The event will be an opportunity for anyone involved in whitewater canoeing or kayaking over the last 50 years to gather, socialize, and contribute to the future of whitewater paddling. The Gala will also include a museum of whitewater memorabilia, an art auction display and auction, and river trips. The event will be held in conjunction with the Teva Mountain Games. For more information go to, or contact AW's outreach office at (828) 252-0728.