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Our 2019 Annual Dinner honoring Susan Bragstad was a big success
Photo courtesy Richard Miles
Honoree Susan Bragstad
On Saturday, June 29, nearly 150 guests gathered on the beautiful courtyard of Karmère Vineyards & Winery outside Plymouth for the Foothill Conservancy’s 19th annual dinner.

This year’s event honored Conservancy Director Susan Bragstad, the former mayor and current vice-mayor of Amador City. Bragstad is a Foothill Conservancy founding member and the owner of Amador Olive Oil. An 84-year old, award-winning retired architect, she has a 35-year history of contributing to Amador County through environmental and historical conservation, land preservation, agricultural marketing and protection, and serving on the Amador City Council and related boards and commissions.

To honor Bragstad, Conservancy members planted a small grove of native blue oaks at the Kennedy Mine. At the event, they presented Bragstad with the plaque that was later installed near the oaks.

Those attending enjoyed a delicious meal prepared onsite by Taste Restaurant and Wine Bar while enjoying Karmère’s fine wines. Musicians Herb Boxhorn of Fiddletown and Klaudia Promessi of Sutter Creek provided smooth jazz stylings for the event.

Many local businesses and individuals contributed raffle and auction prizes to help support the Foothill Conservancy’s work. Highlights included a 25-person paella field dinner, three nights in a privately owned Lake Tahoe-area cabin, Dr. Bob Hartmann’s special shortbread, fine wines, original works of art and craft, and gift certificates for goods, dining, lodging and services. Foothill Conservancy would like to thank all of the organizations, individuals and businesses that helped make our annual dinner a success. All proceeds benefit the Conservancy’s work to protect, restore and sustain the natural and human environments in Amador and Calaveras County for this and future generations.

Thanks to our hosts, caterer, musicians, sponsors, raffle and auction donors and dinner team!

Hosts: Karmère Vineyards & Winery, Hayley Hoopes, Marilyn Hoopes and Todd Pickens

Caterer: Taste Restaurant & Wine Bar

Musicians: Herb Boxhorn and Klaudia Promessi


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