Land Trust thanks fund-raiser sponsors

Dear citizens,

On Nov. 7, 2012, the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas held our annual event and fund-raiser in Salida at the SteamPlant Ballroom on the banks of the beautiful Arkansas River. The sold-out event was a smashing success, a record-setting fund-raising event for the Land Trust.

The event featured a presentation by Ed and Betsy Marston, the couple who brought the High Country News to Colorado and turned it into one of the most influential environmental journals in the American West. Stephen Smalzel entertained the crowd with talented banjo picking. Members and guests enjoyed socializing and bidding on unique auction items, including a spot on the Land Trust’s upcoming fund-raising trip on the lower Rio Grande River in March.

Beyond the fun of the evening, a lot of work goes into the event and we depend on local and regional businesses, sponsors, volunteers and members to put on celebrations like this to support the protection of agricultural, natural and scenic lands in the Upper Arkansas River Valley and Central Colorado.

We realize that small, locally-owned businesses are asked repeatedly throughout the year for donations and sponsorship, and they deserve a standing ovation for supporting many of the great events in our valley. Thank you for choosing to support the Land Trust.

Volunteers also have a plethora of opportunities to do good work and we are honored that you chose the Land Trust. Thank you. Your help was invaluable.

The following is a list of businesses and individuals that supported the annual Land Trust fundraiser this year. The Land Trust board and staff thank you and encourage readers of the Salida Citizen to support these businesses as well.

Pinon Real Estate Group, Powell & Murphy P.C., Bill Dvorak’s Expeditions, Valley View Hot Springs – Orient Land Trust, Antero Llama Rentals, Tomichi Lodge, Stephen Smalzel, Brady’s West, Oswald Backcountry Beef, Hayden Mellsop, Salida Mountain Sports, Nate Porter, Kate Larkin, Norman Vieira, Royal Gorge Route Railroad, Arkansas River Rods – Dave Moore, Monarch Mountain, Wendy Rombold, Salida Bike Company, The Pilates Studio, Wright & McGill, Cumbres-Toltec Railroad, The Book Haven, John Fielder, Ski Cooper, Mountain Phoenix Roastery, Las Manos Hands Therapeutic Massage, Susan Tweit, Ice Mountain Publishing – Nathan Ward, Leah Cerise, Ark Anglers, High Country Bank, Livewell Chaffee County, Echo Canyon River Expeditions, Ploughboy Market, High Country News, Durango-Silverton Railroad, Dick and Mary Culyer, Trevor Klein, Backpacker’s Pantry, Andrea Schulz, Rocky Mountain Trail, Amanda Harper, Breckenridge Distillery, Laurel Smerch, John Russell, Smerch Family, Clear Creek Ranch, Kelli Stone, Andrew Mackie and the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas Board Members.

Thank you all for helping us protect the open spaces that make Central Colorado such a great place to live.

Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas

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