A Huge Thank-You to Everyone who Helped Make ESLT’s Lands & Legacy Celebration a Success!

This past weekend, ESLT hosted our annual fundraiser, Lands & Legacy. Thanks go out to everyone who helped make the weekend a resounding success! Our Benefit Dinner on Saturday night drew lots of support from our community, and we had such a fun time getting to know new members and catching up with long-time supporters. The silent auction was a big hit, and guests and staff alike were inspired by keynote speaker Rand Wentworth’s heartfelt personal reflection on the work land trusts do.

Sinnamon Meadows

ESLT Lands Director Aaron Johnson and ESLT AmeriCorps Member Elise Robinette led a great tour at Sinnamon Meadows; they answered questions about this unique property, including an explanation of “lay down” fencing, big horn sheep issues, and sage grouse habitat protection.

Festivities began Friday night with a private reception before the Mammoth Lakes Music Festival’s final performance of the season, “Ciao Tutti.” The great folks at Stellar Brew provided delicious desserts to accompany wines donated by Sonoma Wine Company.

Saturday morning, we carpooled to one of ESLT’s current conservation projects, Sinnamon Meadows. Nestled in the high grazing lands beneath Dunderberg Peak, Sinnamon Meadows provided breathtaking (and smoke-free!) vistas over the course of our leisurely walk.

That night, at our Lands & Legacy Benefit Dinner, we enjoyed a delicious meal featuring regional ingredients provided especially for ESLT by Mammoth Mountain Executive Chef, Marc Mora. Our silent auction brought some energetic bidding, and winners went home with lots of fantastic prizes!

Rand Wentworth

Following dessert, Rand Wentworth gave an inspiring speech about the value of preserving private lands, and about his personal affinity for the Eastern Sierra.

After a dessert of pies from Tioga Pass Resort, Mammoth Mountain CEO Rusty Gregory spoke about the importance of preserving lands in the face of increased pressures to develop, and the evening’s keynote speaker – Rand Wentworth, President of the Land Trust Alliance – gave a wonderful reflection on the value of private land conservation, tracing its history back to Thomas Jefferson.

A huge thank-you goes out to Mammoth Mountain for hosting our benefit dinner, and thanks to Sandra D. Domizio of Green Fox Events for her help creating a wonderful ambiance. Rosanne & Tom Higley, Serena Johnson, Ann Klinefelter, ESLT Board Member Marie Patrick, and Michael Lofthus all did a fantastic job as event volunteers.

We’d like to thank the ESLT board for all its support; in particular, thanks to Tony and Sherryl Taylor, Sid and Betsey Tyler, and Bob and Karen Gardner. Tony and Sherryl sponsored the concert reception, as well as a table at the benefit dinner; Sid and Betsey sponsored the walking tour at Sinnamon Meadows; and Bob and Karen also sponsored a table at the dinner. We’re also very grateful to our other event sponsors: Jane and David Richardson, Nancy and Skip Burke, and Chris Lizza of Mono Market.

Our 2013 Lands & Legacy Celebration was a big success. Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s event a blast – hope to see you next time!