Water Connects Us Celebration

Water Connects Us. A virtual benefit for Freshwater

Thank you for your support!

Thank you so much for your generous and caring support of Freshwater programs through Water Connects Us—we raised $65,935!
Because of you, we can keep working with people like Regi to solve the persistent water challenges facing Minnesotans and communities downstream.

If you missed your chance to donate, click below!

Host basket swag!


Recipes from Beth Dooley!

During the Water Connects Us preshow, you'll have a chance to see Beth in action! Get the recipes below that feature ingredients related to regenerative and local agriculture, and tune in April 26 to hear more about them!

🥤 Minnesota Mule

🥗 Hearty Grain Salad With Elderberry Vinaigrette

🥣 Chicken Tortilla Soup

🍗 Spatchcock Chicken

Other ways to donate

Water Connects Us is part of Freshwater's spring campaign to raise $65,000 for our programs by June 30. If you can't attend or seek other ways to give, you can donate over the phone at 651-313-5800 or by sending a check to Freshwater at 2550 University Ave. W., Ste. 212N, St. Paul, MN 55114. You can donate online at freshwater.org/donate. Or learn about other ways to give at freshwater.org/other-ways-to-give.

About this Event

Water Connects Us is a live virtual fundraising benefit charged with raising the financial resources our work for water requires. Join us as sponsors, donors, and community members from across the state come together to celebrate Minnesota's incredible water heritage and the role we each play in protecting it.

KARE 11 meteorologist Laura Betker is our emcee, and James Beard Award winner Beth Dooley returns to cook up something fun. Join us for speakers, stories, auction shopping and more!

Three people in a sunny, brown fieldSneak peek: We'll also feature the work of Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, a Guatemalan immigrant farmer known for his innovative approach to agricultural systems and environmental justice.

Freshwater scientists are testing and quantifying the physical, biological, and chemical changes in the soil resulting from regenerative poultry production, a systematized farm model that grazes poultry in diverse, continuous cover crops in a multi-level canopy with deep-rooted trees.

Thanks to our 2022 sponsors


Peter Gove

Phyllis and Roger Sherman

Cullligan Water          Houston engineering          stantec logo


Dr. Ed Ehlinger

Barr logo
bloger logo
College of Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota
Fredrickson & Byron logo
ISG logo
Xcel Energy


Alexandra Dunn

Bolton & Menk

Bremer Bank

Kenwood Commercial

Corrine and Louis Ricard

The Toro Company


Thanks to our 2022 event hosts

This year, we have two registration options. General admission is free. If you'd like to do more to help, consider choosing a host ticket! For $150, you get a special swag bag featuring one-of-a-kind goods including a tea rest handmade by a local potter, locally sourced tea, a book written by Freshwater friend Darby Nelson, and more.

Todd Bolin
Wade Campbell
Beth Carreño
Don Davies and Mary Rice
Mairi Doerr
Randy Ellingboe
Lisa Gilbertson
Steve and Barb Goodspeed
Angie Hames
Emily Javens
Marilyn Jones
Jeanette Leete
Dave Leuthe
Jeremy and Nena Lenz

Linda Loomis
Jill Lucas and Peter Vujovich
Lili McMillan
Geri Nelson
Nathan Nelson
Joan Nephew
Charlie Oltman
Roberta Rott
James Stark
John Linc and Deb Stine
Paul Thom
Andrew Wattenhofer
Renée Willette
Cole Williams
Steve and Susan Woods