TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — At RiverScape’s 3rd annual Moonlight on the Wabash event, the Reliance Award was posthumously presented to honor founding member of RiverScape and community leader Charlie Williams. 

Over 300 people attended the event, which took place on Wednesday, September 13 near the Wabash River. More than $60,000 dollars was raised in support of RiverScape’s mission. 

The Reliance Award is presented to those who have demonstrated care for and leadership within the community, have advocated for the Wabash River, and have made impactful contributions to the development of the riverfront. 

“Charlie was a visionary who passionately advocated for our riverfront and everything Vigo County can and is becoming,” shared Bryan Horsman, president of RiverScape, “As RiverScape enters its next chapter, it is essential we note Charlie’s leadership, which has gotten us to where we are today.”

As a founding member of RiverScape, Williams stayed active as a board member until his passing in November of 2022. Throughout his time as a board member, Williams worked on several projects that made significant changes in the community including the Wabashiki Fish and Wildlife Area, the establishment of Bicentennial Park, and the creation of the Pedestrian Connector that helps people travel safely to and from West Terre Haute.

Scott Williams, Charlie William’s brother,  accepted the award on the family’s behalf.

“From the first time, Charlie shared his passion for RiverScape with me, it was clear that he wouldn’t be a part of anything that fell short of outstanding success. The crowd and the people of Terre Haute who are here tonight are people who get things done. RiverScape is in fantastic shape. I am so proud of what you have all done, and especially what Charlie and Donna were able to do with their membership in RiverScape. Thank you to everybody doing your part and recognizing Charlie. We are so proud of Charlie and what he contributed to Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley,” Williams stated.