The WingDing

amymartinabyss-002Saturday, Feb. 17th, 2018

What’s the WingDing? It’s a party! A fundraiser! A celebration of the GC river community! This party is kind of the kick-off for the whole river season, and it’s about the most fun you can have out of the canyon. Bring all your friends, add great food and great music, and it’s sort of like a river trip indoors. The annual charity event brings Northern Arizona together to raise awareness for the Whale Foundation’s outreach programs and celebrate the Grand Canyon river community.

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Flagstaff’s river guiding community and local outdoor enthusiasts alike are invited to the Annual Whale Foundation Wing Ding Celebration every year. The event generally takes place on the last or second to last Saturday in February at 6pm at the Coconino Center for the Arts (2300 N. Fort Valley Rd.). The evening will feature dinner, drinks, dancing, live music, and live and silent auctions for featuring outdoor gear, art, services, and gift certificates. A donation of $15/person or $30/family is suggested, tickets can be purchased at the door.

The Wing Ding is a special reunion for the river community, but more than that, it’s an event for everyone and we really hope Flagstaff and Northern Arizona will come and join in the celebration.

This wonderful gathering benefits the Whale Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports the mental and physical health of the Grand Canyon river guiding community. The Whale Foundation’s mission is to provide confidential access to mental and physical healthcare professionals and a network of support services designed to restore, promote, and celebrate the well being of the Grand Canyon River Guiding Community. The Foundation also exists to provide a safety net for those transitioning from the profession of river running into other occupations.


Here’s the evening’s schedule:
6:00pm – Doors open and welcome!
– Drop off your coats
– Beverage Center, Silent Auction, and Kid’s Corner opens

6:15pm – Dinner is served

6:30pm – Musicians in the theater
7:30pm – Kid’s Corner closes
9:00pm – Raffle 1 winner drawn, First silent auction closes
9:30pm – Raffle 2 winner drawn, Second silent auction closes
10:45pm – Beverage Center closes
11:00pm – Closing time

Suggested donation: $15/person or $30/family. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

WingDing Donors and Sponsors

The Whale Foundation Board of Directors expresses its profound appreciation and gratitude to the donors and sponsors of the Annual WingDing. Their generous support guarantees the success of this fund raising event to directly benefit and promote the physical and mental well being of the Grand Canyon river guiding community. Thank you all sincerely. Here is the list of sponsors for this year’s annual Wing Ding (to be added):

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