LCLT’s Dinner with Direction: Geography of Hope most successful fundraiser to date
With approximately 160 people in attendance, this year’s Dinner with Direction was a show of generosity unsurpassed in the history of the Land Trust. Fifty people raised their paddles in support of the Land Trust. With Sue Morton starting the “bidding” with the amount of $25,000, a whopping total of $70,800 was pledged to LCLT that night. Philanthropist Charlotte Griswold and Richard and Angela Birk and Beckstoffer Vineyards gave $10,000, $5,000 and $5,000 respectively. For a list of “paddle raise” donors, click here.
Supporters of the Year Lynne & Bernie Butcher were honored with a proclamation from Congressman Thompson and surprised with a gift from another loyal LT supporter (and dinner sponsor) artist Tje Koski, who presented them with a painting by her own hand, of the Butcher’s Blue Wing Saloon. The Butchers name will be added to our new “Supporters of the Year” plaque, on display at the Rodman House.
The band Carlos and the Gypsy Pushers donated their musical talents and energy to the event, as did Scott Serena, who brought the event to a close with tunes played on his banjo.
The skies stayed clear and blue as guests gathered at the Lodge at Blue Lakes, taking in the gorgeous views and getting hand-drawn “tattoos” from Ben van Steenburg III out on the sunny deck overlooking the lake and the canyon-like nearby hills.
Many guests enjoy the silent auction, a perennial staple at our dinners. This year it brought in another $5,995 and featured 40 unique and many beautiful handmade, locally-produced items.
The energy of the event was absolutely thrilling, and from the looks of it, LCLT supporters enjoyed the evening!