Letter: Thank you Copper River Nouveau attendees and sponsors

Last weekend, the Prince William Sound Science Center hosted our annual gala, Copper River Nouveau.

Coming right on the heels of the CEC battery energy storage system ribbon-cutting ceremony, the series of events made for an exuberant weekend in Cordova.

Restaurants, hotels and lodges, and shop owners enjoyed the energy of dozens of guests who arrived from out of town, excited to enjoy the delights of Cordova. Sen. Lisa Murkowski graciously served as the honorary host of both the CEC ribbon cutting and Copper River Nouveau — our celebration of the return of the salmon.

About 75 people cheered on Gary Martinek at the Fisheries Achievement Award reception in the Science Center atrium on Saturday afternoon, honoring his contributions to sustainable fisheries through 38 years of dedicated work at the Gulkana hatchery.

And at our gala, generous locals and visitors alike blew our past fundraising records out of the water while enjoying an incredible four-course meal.

It was fulfilling to see all the support for what we’ve done to advance community resilience and the understanding and sustainable use of ecosystems over the past 30 years, as well as the excitement about where we’re going as we revealed concepts for our new campus.


We couldn’t have done it without the help of about 40 dedicated volunteers from all over town. Thanks to our awesome community — the “Nouveau glow” will last a long time. Thanks for sharing the love, Cordova!

—Katrina Hoffman

President & CEO, Prince William Sound Science Center