WFSS’s first fundraising event – Rooted in Rochester, Blooming in South Sudan – a brunch at ARTISANworks in Rochester, NY on November 13, 2016, celebrated the success of the Watering the Seeds of Change Capital Campaign. Linda Sue Park and Ben Dobbin received the inaugural Long Walk Award. The inaugural Founder’s Award was presented to the WFSS founding Board members: Sandra Arrington on behalf of her late husband, Scott; John Bevier; James Blake; Nancy Frank; Robin Hill; Christopher Moore; and Nancy Reinert.

Following the ARTISANworks brunch, a campaign celebration and fundraising event was held at the Waterworks Museum in Boston. While in Boston, Salva presented at TEDxBeaconStreet, visited several schools, and spoke to teens at the Brookline Teen Center.

The 2017 Water Works brunch celebrated peace and development in South Sudan. Salva presented the Founder’s Award to longtime board members Glenn Balch, Nancy Curme, Jack McKelvey, and Carol Snook. The family of John and Carol Turner, WFSS Board member Anne Turner, Charles Turner, Jennifer Turner Deuel, and Joshua Turner, were the recipients of the Long Walk Award.