There are a lot of fundraisers for worthy causes in Savannah.
Many of those parties, auctions and other events raise a lot of funds, but some of them - let's be honest - aren't really a lot of fun.
The Ogeechee Riverkeeper's annual Rivers Rock! is an obvious exception.
The sixth annual Rivers Rock! returns to Moon River Brewing Company from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 24.
Of course, this year the party can take advantage of Moon River's spacious beer garden, which opened earlier this year at the corner of Drayton Street.
Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door. That includes food and two drink tickets.
And the admission price also includes a performance by The Accomplices, which has become one of the city's leading bands.
If you haven't yet heard The Accomplices, you don't know what you're missing.
The Accomplices is primarily a string band, but Stan Ray's drums are critical to the mix. Guitarist Matt Eckstine and bassist Zach Smith both take on lead vocals, but you'll also hear some beautiful singing from fiddler Colleen Heine and Eric Daubert on mandolin and guitar.
The Accomplices have recently been touring and also working on a new record at Elevated Basement Studio.
Newly installed chair of the Ogeechee Riverkeeper board Francis Allen told me Rivers Rock! has been geared over the years to attract younger people to the organization.
The entertainment, the moderately priced silent auction items and the relatively inexpensive tickets distinguish Rivers Rock! from the Ogeechee Riverkeeper's spring fundraiser.
The Oct. 24 party might be less expensive than some other nonprofit fundraisers, but Allen noted it always turns out to be "fairly lucrative," in large part because of the support of Moon River.
"We consider them great partners in the event," Allen said of Moon River Brewing Company. "They give a lot back to the community."
Of course, Rivers Rock! isn't just fun and games.
The Ogeechee Riverkeeper is still dealing with litigation related to fish kills and pollution.
Allen hopes the organization can become "more proactive than reactive" in its oversight of the 254 miles of river in the watershed.
"We want to spend more time educating and helping people enjoy the river," Allen said.
Bill Dawers writes City Talk in the Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged (www.billdawers.com). He can be reached via email@example.com.