Sawtooth Society ‘Evening’ Live Saturday | Events
The not-for-profit Sawtooth Society’s annual Sagebrush Evening fundraiser is underway and will culminate on Saturday, September 24 with a live auction at the Argyros Performing Arts Center in Ketchum.
This year’s Sagebrush Night will celebrate the splendor of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the immense value of the land, lakes, rivers, mountains and wildlife. The 756,000-acre NARS includes three wilderness areas in Blaine and Custer counties and is located in the Sawtooth, Boulder and White Cloud Mountains north of Ketchum.
“The NARS is the true gem of Idaho’s backcountry,” said Kathryn Grohusky, Executive Director of the Sawtooth Society. “There are many growing threats to the NARS, and we would like to protect it in the future. “
The auction is a mainstay of the Evening showcasing exceptional items and unique opportunities. This year, Chairman of the Board Hans Carstensen and his wife, Terry, donate their 1977 Ford F-150 Ranger, nicknamed “Phil”, named after the original owner, a WWII veteran – “A true American hero whom we had the honor to know”. said Hans.
Other packages include a winter night at Pettit Lake for six, courtesy of Sue and Alex Orb, wine from Blue Farms, and fly fishing with guide Pete Erikson.
Fundraising typically raises 60% of its annual budget of $ 315,000 and covers the cost of trail work on 200 of the 900 miles of NARS trails. The group runs a youth program and conservation programs.
The Sawtooth Society also administers a grant of approximately $ 70,000 each year from the Sawtooth National Recreation Area License Plate Fund, affectionately known as the “Goat Plate”. Total funding for goat plates is approaching $ 1 million.
Guests at the event can purchase “Discovery Kits” with the items needed to “Find Your Nature”. The kits target a variety of exciting experiences: Family Adventure; Adventure hiking; and Lac Aventure. These kits are available for one to six people. People who purchase Discovery Kits will receive a pass to watch “Riders of the Purple Sage, The Making of a Western Opera,” which will air after the live broadcast. “Riders” explores the influence of the Southwest on author Zane Gray, composer Craig Bohmler and painter Ed Mell.
A component of this year’s event is an interactive ‘field guide’ featuring an NARS bingo card with stamps to check on your summer experiences, the animals and birds you see, as well as volunteer service stamps and support from the Sawtooth Society.
Founded in 1997, the Company’s mission is to preserve, protect and improve the SNRA. Over the years, this mission has been fulfilled through advocacy, preserving open spaces, strengthening NARS recreational facilities and services, and facilitating stewardship and volunteer programs in NARS.