McKenzie Memories event at Cozmic Pizza

McKenzie Memories
Friday, April 5th from 6-8:30 pm
A Fundraiser for the McKenzie River Trust
$5 Suggested Donation
Cozmic, 199 West 8th Ave in Eugene – food and drinks for sale during the show

What was life like along the majestic McKenzie River in the early 1900s?


Back by popular demand, the McKenzie River Trust invites you to McKenzie Memories: an evening of storytelling, music, and rare historic short films and photographs. See footage of early settlers and old-time logging, including dramatic river log drives down the McKenzie, and hear special guest speakers share stories of the Whitewater Boat Parade, the history of the iconic McKenzie Drift Boat, and more.

If you share our love of Oregon’s wild McKenzie River and its remarkable history, this evening of storytelling and films is not to be missed.

Special Guest Speakers
Dave Helfrich will share a century of family history living along the McKenzie, including stories about his father Prince Helfrich, and Veltie Pruit. These local legends played a part in the Hollywood film How the West Was Won (1962), shot on the McKenzie River.
Randy Dersham will share the history of the iconic McKenzie Drift Boat and Whitewater Boat Parade during the 1940s-60s. Randy will also offer a rare screening of the short feature film Shooting the Deschutes shown at the 1939 World’s Fair. Shot in 1938, this classic adventure film starring Prince Helfrich and Veltie Pruit offers you a chance to see parts of the Deschutes River that no longer exist today.

Kickoff the April Matching Gift Challenge
McKenzie Memories kicks off a month-long Matching Gift Challenge offered by our friends at Mountain Rose Herbs. During the month of April, every dollar donated to the McKenzie River Trust will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000 by Mountain Rose Herbs! Your donation will help protect and care for special lands and the rivers that flow through them in western Oregon.

Bid on great prizes in our silent auction fundraiser from 6 to 8:30 pm. And when you buy a gift card during the McKenzie Memories event, Cozmic will generously donate 20% of proceeds to the McKenzie River Trust.

For more information contact Brandi Ferguson, Development Manager, at 541-345-2799 or

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