The Friends of the Waterfront (FOTW), a nonprofit auxiliary arm of the Waterfront Development Corporation, will host its 27th annual Silver Anchor Award Celebration on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 on the Belle of Louisville (dockside).  FOTW will honor retired, long-time Courier-Journal reporter Sheldon Shafer and a group of prominent community supporters for their outstanding support of the Waterfront Development Corporation.

The Silver Anchor Award reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and will feature entertainment by Louisville band Billy Goat Strut Revue.  The event will feature hors d’oeuvres by the Bristol, cocktails, and a silent auction.  The awards ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are $75 ($50 is tax deductible), and proceeds benefit Friends of the Waterfront programs. (For more information on FOTW programs, visit  Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 502.574.3768.  Tickets will also be available at the door. 

During his tenure at the Courier-Journal, Sheldon Shafer’s civic curiosity and attention to the positive re-use of underutilized urban spaces was a hallmark of his career.  In particular, his focus on Louisville’s Waterfront – before, during and after the construction of Waterfront Park – helped shape public knowledge of the project and gave a fair and accurate depiction of the effort to transform Louisville’s riverfront.

Matthew Barzun will accept the award on behalf of the generous group of donors who made it possible to keep parking free in Waterfront Park: Matthew Barzun and wife Brooke Brown Barzun; Ned and Nina Bonnie; Christina Lee Brown; Victoire and Owsley Brown III; Gill and Augusta Brown Holland; David and Betty Jones; Dan and Lisa Jones; Austin and Janie Musselman; Stephen Reily and Emily Bingham; and Matt and Fran Thornton. The group stepped forward at a critical time to help preserve access to one of Louisville’s greatest public assets by providing both the support and resources necessary to maintain free public parking at Waterfront Park, which remains one of the most important places in the community that everyone can enjoy.

“This years’ honorees truly epitomize what Friends of the Waterfront is all about: communicating directly with the public about the growth and development of the park, being advocates for its use and enjoyment, and raising crucial funds necessary for the continuation and future security of Waterfront Park,” said FOTW President Jacob Mercier. “Sheldon Shafer, Matthew Barzun, and the other gracious honorees are the embodiment of our organization’s mission. The Friends of the Waterfront looks forward to honoring and thanking them, and we owe each of them a great deal of gratitude for their ongoing support of Louisville Waterfront Park.”

Special thanks to our sponsors: Ah, Whatta ‘Bout Mimi!; Belle of Louisville; Brown-Forman; Conliffe, Sandmann & Sullivan Louisville; Great Flood Brewery; Headliners Music Hall; Highland Contracting Consultants LLC; Michael & Pam Holwerda; Louisville Downtown Partnership; Louisville Public Media; Mawood Mercier Group at Re-Max 100; River City Distributing; Thorntons; and Voluforms.