***The Annual Spring Dinner in-person event has been cancelled.  We may try to do something virtual....please check back****
Due to the fluid situation with the Covid19 virus, we will be cancelling this event.  This event may be rescheduled later in the year.

Annual Spring Dinner

NOTE NEW Location! Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Colorado Whitewater hosts a spring dinner each year to help raise money for the club and to get paddlers excited for the upcoming season with an inspiring guest speaker. You're invited to attend this year's Spring Dinner.

Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Dinner: TBD

Raffle: Raffle tickets available for purchase at the event.

Speaker: Lonnie Bedwell - Motivational Speaker, blind kayaker        


5:30 - 10:00 pm
Doors open at 5:30PM
Dinner starts at 6:00PM
Presentation at 7:00PM
Socialize until 9:30PM

Price: $20 - CW Members | $25 Non-CW Members | Want to become a CW member? Join here!

Tickets must be purchased in advance on-line (available until April 21st). Limited tickets may be available at the door for $30, but we prefer you to buy them early so we can get enough food.

Extreme-sports athlete Lonnie Bedwell is a National Geographic 2015 Adventurer of the Year. He has kayaked some of the most challenging whitewater in the world and is responsible for first blind descents of Africa’s fabled Zambezi River and West Virginia’s world-renowned Gauley River. Lonnie is best known for his first descent of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon — an effort successfully completed during 2013 as part of a team of boaters assembled by Team River Runner. A command performance in the Grand Canyon in 2014 resulted in the Adventurer of the Year nomination.

A former Navy Petty Officer, Lonnie was critically injured during 1997 in a hunting accident that instantly took his sight. Nevertheless, he raised three daughters as a single father, teaching them all to hunt and fish — and, against all odds, to drive. Once the girls graduated from high school, Lonnie continued to challenge himself, ultimately becoming a renowned extreme sports athlete. When the threshold for running the Grand Canyon was placed at 1,000 kayak rolls, he took his donated kayak to the pond on his farm and rolled it 1,500 times. The rest is history.

Lonnie has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, summited several of North America’s highest mountains, rock climbs, and is an avid downhill skier when he has time away from roofing work in his hometown of Duggar, IN.

Lonnie’s mission is to motivate and inspire others to embrace life with confidence and courage. Lonnie is dedicated to helping veterans and many others enjoy full lives and while he is an advocate for the blind, blindness does not define either him or his efforts on behalf of others. Lonnie has appeared on The Today Show and Steve Harvey and has been featured in countless publications. He’s the author of the award-winning book 226 (the length in miles of the Colorado River stretch through the Grand Canyon) and shares his passion for life and adventure with audiences around the country.

Come enjoy a great speaker, great food and the great company of fellow boaters. 


Click here to register for 2020 Spring Dinner! - Coming Soon

No Refunds:

All sales are final for annual dinners, Spring Kickoff/Movie Night, and memberships.
Proceeds to benefit Colorado Whitewater.

Thank You to Our Event Sponsors:
Thanks to these awesome companies for beverage donation:

Become a Sponsor:
For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Brett Jacobs


Speaker: Rocky Contos, The Threatened Grand Canyons of the World
April 25, 2018 - American Mountaineering Center 
Speaker: Hattie Johnson, Gore Fest and whitewater park design
June 1, 2017 - American Mountaineering Center 
Speaker: Stephen Wright, How to win at the game of kayaking
May 3, 2016 - American Mountaineering Center 
Speaker: Steve Fisher, Dreamline
Speakers: Darcy Gaechter & Don Beveridge, The Amazon - Headwaters to the Sea
Speaker: Peter Holcombe, Photographer, Adventurist
Speaker: Natalie Anderson, Top American Finisher of the Whitewater Grand Prix
April 6, 2012 - The Golden Hotel in Golden
Stephen Wright, Pro kayaker on the Jackson Kayak Team
Erik Weihenmayer, Blind World Class Adventurer

Colorado Whitewater is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  455 Sherman Street, Suite 300 Denver, CO 80203

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