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Hello!

As some of you are aware, I spend part of my spare time volunteeringfor a community outreach organization that takes inner city youth and adult recovery groups on whitewater rafting trips. Like many non-profits, we are constantly struggling with funding, and as such we stage an annual fundraising trip which provides a critical portion of our finances for the following season.

Come out and experience the delights of whitewater rafting in a beautiful river canyon, while supporting the Sierra Club's Inner City Outings (ICO) rafting program. Inner City Outings is an all-volunteer outreach program of the Sierra Club that provides wilderness experiences for groups of youths and adults from urban communities that have little or no access to nature due to lack of income, awareness, or skills.

All Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting (AO) is proud to be staging two very special trips down the Class II-IV South and Middle Forks of the American River!

AO is offering two whitewater trips to help raise money to support the Inner City Outings Rafting program for the 2012 season.  You are invited to come enjoy a guided trip down the South Fork or the Middle Fork of the American River.  Guests on the South Fork trip can explore a class III river rich with history and exciting whitewater.  Those opting for a Middle Fork trip will tackle more challenging class IV rapids, including the infamous 'Tunnel Chute',  all while exploring a rugged wilderness canyon etched by early gold mining. Make a weekend of it and raft both days while joining us in a riverside camp!

All proceeds will directly support ICO outreach activities for at-risk youth and adult recovery groups who have limited access to this wilderness experience. Trips are all inclusive and feature a great riverside lunch and shuttle between the river and our meeting place.

Camping is available for those interested in spending an evening relaxing next to the campfire with your friends and family while enjoying a great dinner and breakfast prepared for you by ICO volunteers.

Several options are available. Put your trip together today!

Trip dates are Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th, 2011
  • Class II-III South Fork of the American River (Saturday): $119
  • Class III-IV Middle Fork of the American River (Sunday): $144
  • Middle Fork / South Fork Combo (Sat/Sun, 2 days): $230
  • Camping along the South Fork of the American River: $25
****Discount is available for groups of four or larger!****

These trips generally fill up fast, so reserve your space today by signing up online at http://icorafting.org/fundraiser. If you have questions, feel free to contact me directly or email fundraiser@icorafting.org.

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About ICO
Inner City Outings is an all-volunteer outreach program of the Sierra Club (a 501(c)3 non-profit organization)that provides wilderness experiences for groups of youths and adults from urban communities that have little or no access to nature due to lack of income, awareness, or skills.  This summer, the ICO rafting guides will share the experience of whitewater rafting on California rivers with over 250 participants from 17 local groups.  These rafting trips offer a chance for ICO volunteers and share their joy of the river, its unique environment and natural history, on outings that offer a special outdoor experience that can change people's lives.  Through such encounters, the volunteers of ICO hope to grow our alliances with new advocates for river preservation and environmental equity.

For additional information about donating to ICO Rafting, please visit http://ico.sierraclub.org/sfbayrafting/donate.htm.
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