This year, our annual campaign celebrates the lives of three extraordinary women whose imagination and leadership were instrumental in the restoration of the French Broad River – work that RiverLink is honored to continue. Sadly, we bid a final farewell to two of our foundational leaders this year:
- Karen Cragnolin May 19, 1949 – January 22, 2022
- Jean Williamson Webb March 13, 1932 – March 29, 2022
- Wilma Dykeman May 20, 1920 – December 22, 2006
Yet the lives of these women stand as a call to action and renewal. They helped us to see that we could change course and reverse a trend the industrial era brought to the French Broad. “Too thick to drink and too thin to plow” – that’s how historian Wilma Dykeman described the river in its worst days.
Karen and Jean joined forces with Wilma and led our community to change our relationship with the French Broad – birthing a revitalized river corridor. The river is now an environmental and economic asset, a transformation RiverLink has spent more than thirty years championing.
As a financial supporter, you have also been part of that transformation. Thank you for investing in our mission! Of course, the river is still in transition; but with your help, these women have left an indelible legacy from which there is no turning back.
Your gift makes a significant difference. If you have already given in 2022, we thank you for your generosity! If not, we hope you will consider renewing your support this spring.