Fundraiser a success for St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon cleaning, protection efforts

JENSEN BEACH, Fla. - Thousands find themselves spending Labor Day weekend raising money for the river they'd typically be celebrating the holiday on.

Drawn in by live music, food, and drinks, Treasure Coast residents helped raise more than $10,000 for the Indian River Coalition Sunday.

The money will go toward advertising, marketing, and funding for future projects to protect the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon.

"We'd all be at the sand bar today. It's really sad that we're not there today," said Riverstock organizer Evan Miller. "Just all of this havoc on our environment just made me snap," Miller described.

That's why he helped create Riverstock, hoping to support efforts to push lawmakers to take more action to protect the waterways from Lake Okeechobee discharges.

"They continue to throw band-aids at us because the water does turn around and people tend to lose the movement and slip away again, and our goal this time is to not let that happen," said Miller.

"It's disgusting actually what's going on and I'm here to support our county," said Riverstock guest, Sherry Grimaldi.

Grimaldo also brought along her 2-year-old son. "It's his future, basically. It's the children's future of today.

Many generations showed up to support the river, including Lisa Weidenheimer's entire family.

"We want to see change. I grew up here as a kid and have seen the big difference."

Sunday was her family's first time participating in river protection efforts, but now plans on being anywhere needed to help the river get back to the way it used to be.

Organizers of Riverstock say they are also planning another river event for Saturday in Stuart.

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