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Old 11-18-2014   #1
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Holiday Boater Party - Albuquerque, NM

December 6th 2014 – Holiday Party – sign up now!

To register and make a secure payment online:
Holiday Party Meal Pre Orders and Payments | Adobe Whitewater Club of New Mexico
2nd Annual New Mexico Paddlers’ Holiday Party! Hosted by:
The Adobe Whitewater Club of NM, the Greater Albuquerque/ Santa Fe Kayaking Meet-Up, and Kayak New Mexico 501(c)3, three local community based organizations, are uniting to make this special event happen.

Fellow paddlers,

We are thrilled to invite you to the second annual New Mexico Paddlers’ Holiday Party! The Adobe Whitewater Club of NM, the Greater Albuquerque/ Santa Fe Kayaking Meet-Up, and Kayak New Mexico 501(c)3, three local community based organizations, are uniting to make this special event happen.

Saturday, December 6, meet at Hotel Cascada, for an annual holiday celebration including live music, a silent auction, happy hour with cash bar, multi-course dinner, brief program, and a variety of entertainment options including full use of the water park, watching engaging paddling movies, or hanging out and socializing around a fire pit. Reduced hotel room rates are available for those who would like to celebrate without driving home.

Who: Paddlers and their families
What: Dinner, socializing and entertainment
Day: Saturday December 6, 2014
Time: 4:30pm to 10pm
Location: Hotel Cascada, 2500 Carlisle Blvd NE, Albuquerque NM 87110

Holiday Event Goals:
1. Connect people – find a way to bring people from various parts of NM, different organizations, and different paddling disciplines together to reconnect with old friends, share, and make new friends
2. Have fun together – while we want to accommodate a number of people, we also want things to be intimate and fun so after dinner we have a variety of entertainment options so there can be a nice blend of having a community based celebration, and then having smaller groups with similar interests
3. Learn about AWC, Greater Albuquerque/ Santa Fe Kayak Meet-Up, and Kayak New Mexico 501(c)3 contributions to our community and about great opportunities to paddle, volunteer and advocate for paddle sports, rivers and community projects

4:00-4:30pm - set up
4:30-5:30pm –arrive, register, select a seat, and enjoy happy hour with live music voluntarily provided by music students, visit tables to learn about each of the organizations, and view and make bids on the silent auction items
5:30-6:45pm-dinner, this will include a multicourse meal, a short program, and socialization
6:45pm and on - evening entertainment options include the water park, paddling movies, or socializing

Dinner Details:
Each meal includes the following. Children’s meals are half portions.
Beverage: Water and punch
Soup: Roasted Tortilla or Posole
Appetizers: Choice of two items, to be confirmed
Main: Choice of Jicama and Mandarin Orange Salad with Champagne Vin and Chipotle Ranch, Tamales with NM Red Chile, or Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas (Vegan and Gluten Free options are available, by special advanced request and it is important to register early for these options)
Sides: Calabacitas, Arroz Verde
Dessert: Flan and Mexican Wedding Cookies

Early-registration price (on or before November 28.
- Adult meals are $20 per person ($25.60 after service & sales tax)
- Child meals for children only (which are half portions) are $10 per person ($12.80 after service & sales tax)
- Late-registration (after November 28.
- Add $5 for adult meals and $2.50 for child meals.

Entertainment Details:
As an added value to the NM Paddlers’ Holiday Party and to promote community interaction, a variety of post dinner entertainment options are available:
1. Movie – “Call of the River: 100 Years of Whitewater History” at Hotel Cascada’s 70 seat movie theatre (No cost to participate, cash bar available). We are working to procure a copy "Rock the Boat" - a documentary of revitalizing the LA River through Los Angeles. You can view the trailers here:

a. The Call of the River:

2. Water Park – Lazy, River, 2 Water Slides, Flow Rider Wave Surfing, 50+ Water Features ($16 per person plus tax, reduced for our group from $29 – to be paid at Hotel Cascada; $5 to observe)
3. Socializing – Pending weather, this will be in the dining room or outdoor courtyard by the fire pit (No cost to participate, cash bar available)

Special Room Rate Option:
Hotel Cascada has offered a special discounted room rate of $69 plus tax (vs. $125) the night of our party. This rate is dependent on room availability and you must book as soon as possible. To make your reservation, contact Hotel Cascada at 505 888 3311 and reference the NM Paddlers’ Holiday Party.

Closing Comments:
The leadership of all three organizations have gone to great lengths to bring our community together. While some may identify as being a rafter, a kayaker, a canoeist, or stand-up paddler, all (in general) love paddling, and work toward the strengthening of the broader community at-large.

These events signify the strength of our growing community. Through this new-found strength, we were able to change NM State Parks Boating Safety Laws, facilitate programs for people with disabilities and support broader conservation / education projects throughout New Mexico. With continued advocacy, we can protect the Gila, procure more favorable pool times and maybe one day influence city leaders to build sustainable water park features instead of diversion dams. Your attendance helps us connect with new and old friends, communicate projects and ideas that are relevant to us as paddlers, but most importantly -- we'd like to see you again!

We know that paddlers are some of the most frugal gourmet chefs in the wilderness. Many can feed a small army for $25. The organizations involved, including elected leadership and volunteers, have worked to build the best 'value' possible, including some who personally funded down-payments, and guaranteed minimum food/beverage sales. We appreciate Hotel Cascada's support, as well as others we reached out to for this event, as they each bent their rules to accommodate our party for the most reasonable prices. As our community grows to include new members, people with special needs, and returning members with renewed interest, we needed to find a venue that could accommodate 100+ people. Few homes are this big, and few restaurants could accommodate a catering request of this magnitude. The meals we have selected are typically priced at $35 ($25 for us). The hotel rooms are typically priced at $125 ($69 for us). The waterpark passes priced at $29 ($16 for us). The theater priced at $450 (free for us) and the banquet room is typically priced at $3,300 or equivalent food/beverage sales (it is $2,300 minimum food/beverage sales for us). While we always encourage people to form their own private parties, we strongly believe there is great value in these larger community efforts. We hope you agree, and will join us on December 6.

In order to secure the most favorable prices with Hotel Cascada, we need to provide a head-count and partial payment by November 28; one week before the party. Early and Late registration prices are listed above. Please register early; it will save you money, help us get accurate head-counts to the chef with meal requests and help us offset the initial cost of this event. If you're unable to register by November 28, we hope you will still come join us, but please understand there will be a $5/person late-registration fee.

Registration options:
1. Pay in person via cash, check or credit card at AWC Monthly Meeting Nov 11 at El Norteno 6pm (event open to all, no charge), or at the GCCC pool session in Santa Fe 6:30pm on Wednesday Nov 19
2.Pay online Holiday Party Meal Pre Orders and Payments | Adobe Whitewater Club of New Mexico
3. Pay in person via cash, check or credit card at event ($5 additional per adult; $2.50 additional per child)

We look forward to seeing you on December 6th,
Adobe Whitewater Club of New Mexico
Greater Albuquerque / Santa Fe Kayak Meet-Up
Kayak New Mexico, 501(c)3

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Old 11-26-2014   #2
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Silent auction items worth a look.

Subject: Preview Silent Auction Items - Paddlers' Holiday Party Dec 6 4:30pm
Greetings Fellow Paddlers,

This year's New Mexico Paddlers' Holiday Party is going to be a wonderful opportunity to connect, have fun, and share great opportunities in New Mexico. Below, find details about our exciting silent auction.

Thank you for pre-registering by Nov-28 to secure the lower price and help us plan the meals and pay the deposit on the venue. Your pre-registration allows us to offer many free or heavily discounted entertainment options.

Event: December 6 from 4:30pm to 10pm at Hotel Cascada in Albuquerque, NM
To register and make a secure payment online:

4:30 – End of Dinner (~6:30pm) – bids will be closed around the end of dinner, when dessert is being served

What is it? A number of businesses and individuals have donated items to our auction. Some are products such as paddles or a helmet and others are services such swift water rescue lessons, a lesson in making homebrew beer, or gear rentals for your next big trip. The item available will be displayed on tables with a retail price and a minimum bid on a piece of paper. From opening until the conclusion of dinner, you can write a bid on the paper. At the end of dinner, the item will go to the highest bidder. You will make your payment after dinner and take the item with you.

Benefit? The funds raised will be applied to the holiday party to offset the cost of the facility. This allows us to provide free movies, discounted water park passes, free socializing by a fire pit (or in ballroom pending weather), and discounted meal prices. If more money is raised than is needed for the event, it will be split evenly among the three community-based host organizations and go directly into our local paddling community.

What if you would like to make a silent auction donation or help with managing the auction during the event? Donations to our silent auction would be greatly appreciated! We will recognize all donors at the holiday party and after as well. Please contact Christine Mollo at with the item, description, retail price, and suggested minimum bid or let her know if you would be interested in helping oversee the auction at the event (4:15-5:30 displaying the items, answering people’s questions, and then accepting payment after dinner).

Sample of Some of the Silent Auction Items

Silent Auction ItemDonated ByRetail Value

Minimum Starting Bid

Predator Lee Helmet
Kelly Gossett, New Mexico Kayak Instruction
AT Eddy Fiberglass Paddle (Gently Used)
Dave Brauer
$335 MSRP
Peak Pass Discount Ski Lift at Santa Fe and Sandia ($25 off lift tickets any/every day for the entire season as well as other perks for lesson packages etc.)
Scott Carpenter

1 Interactive Homebrew beer session, with one case of beer (training results) going to the winner. Select your level of involvement from style selection, recipe formulation and ingredients sourcing to brew day and bottling. *Must be 21 years or older to bid and attend session.
Scott Carpenter
Acqua Bound 4 piece Break Down Paddle
Aqua Bound via Marcel Bieg
SJC OLER Free Rental
San Juan College via Marcel Bieg
EOCI 1 Day Private or Group WW or Coastal Paddle or SWR Lesson Up to 3 People
Marcel Bieg

New Mexico Kayak Instruction, Stiches and Stuff, Jacks Plastics, Performance Video, and other New Mexico businesses have expressed an interest in donating additional items to our silent auction! Check the AWC Facebook or Website for ongoing updates.

Our three community based sponsoring organizations, the Adobe Whitewater Club of New Mexico, the Greater Albuquerque/ Santa Fe Kayaking Meet-Up, and Kayak New Mexico 501(c)3 look forward to sharing this special evening with you and your family!

The Adobe Whitewater Club of New Mexico
Greater Albuquerque/ Santa Fe Kayaking Meet-Up
Kayak New Mexico 501(c)3
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