May 2019


Yamamoto provided the creative direction of the event, and agency designer Erin Rose contributed original artwork for auction to support the organization’s fundraising efforts. Her nine-piece series of botanical prints sold for $400 and served to punctuate a terrific evening for organizers and attendees alike.

Great River Greening is a St. Paul-based nonprofit focused on activities that offer conservation impact, ecosystem services and community improvement. The organization is currently prioritizing projects that preserve critical lands and waters in the metro area, protect endangered habitat in the Anoka Sand Plain region of east-central Minnesota and improve water quality in our state-designated wild and scenic rivers. Collaborating with farmers and community leaders, the organization selects projects based upon conservation need, feasibility and overall community benefit.

Yamamoto’s relationship with the organization began in 2016, and in the years since we have worked together with Great River Greening to further their collective vision through creative support and event planning. This year’s gala was dedicated to preserving and restoring Minnesota parklands, and aimed to raise money to restore and protect green spaces throughout the metro. Funds will be apportioned to plant trees and wildflowers, restore shorelines, stop the spread of invasive plants and most importantly, inspire stewards who will protect these areas in the future.

This year’s attendance and fundraising continued in the event’s tradition of excellence. Two-hundred-seventy individuals attended. Final fundraising numbers are still being calculated, but participation and enthusiasm suggest another record-breaking night.

To learn more about Great River Greening’s mission and work, visit