Grand Canyon Youth celebrates 15th anniversary at upcoming river runner film festival in Flagstaff

Grand Canyon middle school students take part in a Grand Canyon youth trip last April. Submitted photo<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

Grand Canyon middle school students take part in a Grand Canyon youth trip last April. Submitted photo<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Grand Canyon Youth (GCY) is celebrating 15 years of providing youth quality experiential education programs on the rivers of the Southwest.

At the upcoming 14th annual River Runner Film Festival and Silent Auction on Nov. 2 from 5-10 p.m., highlights of the organization's past 15 years will be showcased at the Coconino Center for the Arts, 2300 N. Fort Valley Road, Flagstaff, Arizona, 86001.

The Grand Canyon Youth River Runner Film Festival and silent auction showcases films from local and international filmmakers that raise awareness and celebrate the fun and complexity of rivers and those who enjoy them.

Carol Fritzinger, one of Grand Canyon Youth's founders will be awarded with the 2013 Confluence Award, which celebrates an individual who has made a positive difference in the Colorado River watershed.

Fritzinger "Fritz" is one of the original three founders of GCY. The organization stated in a press release that "her dedication to sharing the magic of the river with youth, her infectious enthusiasm for science and deep love of Grand Canyon make her a natural recipient of this year's award."

Grand Canyon Youth is a Flagstaff based non-profit organization whose educational philosophy is to inspire curiosity among young people from diverse backgrounds about the natural world, themselves and their communities.

Admission to the event is $15 for individuals and $40 for a family pass.

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