Jenny Busdon, a longtime supporter of Galena Lodge, is the chairperson for the Galena Winter Benefit.
By JENNY BUSDON
We have experienced a summer of very successful fundraising benefits and it is really wonderful that we have so many generous folks who visit this community during our warm months and give to all our local causes so willingly. However, having already received a snowfall in late October, which left in its path more than 8 inches of snow at Galena Lodge, we can now seriously begin to think of winter and our forthcoming ski season.
For the past 12 years, the beginning of the ski season has been celebrated by cross-country ski enthusiasts by attending the very popular Galena Winter Benefit Dinner and Auction. This year we decided to change the date. Many of our supporters of the lodge and the trail system questioned why this event was not held during the ski season, a time when so many were enjoying the ambiance of the lodge and skiing the trails. Therefore, the event organizing committee agreed that for this forthcoming event we would try this new date. We are excited about the change and ask that everyone mark their calendars on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, as the new date for the Galena benefit. Again, it will be held in the Limelight Room of the Sun Valley Inn at 6:30 p.m.
This annual benefit is absolutely necessary because all the proceeds help secure the future of this wonderful historic lodge and the trails surrounding it. No tax dollars are used, and, therefore, it is due to the great generosity of so many people that we have been able to accomplish so many goals for the lodge and the trail system. But there are still so many hopes and dreams that we wish to accomplish.
This column, therefore, is to ask for your support. Perhaps you may have an auction or raffle item you would be willing to donate to the benefit. We have found at past events that auctioning vacation homes and packages, exquisite jewelry, sculptures, furnishings, art and all the goodies needed for a terrific snow experience have enabled us to raise the big dollars. We are again hoping that for this coming event we will be fortunate enough to have such kind donations. Auction items—big or small—will only make this fun event more financially successful. Please feel free to phone me at home at (208) 726-1649 if you have an auction item you would like to donate.
Tickets for the benefit will go on sale at the beginning of December. Tables of eight, 10, and corporate tables are also available.
This special evening has become known for its splendid festivity, fabulous food and wonderful camaraderie. We hope that you will join us to celebrate once again the community's purchase of this wonderful lodge, which holds a very special place in all our hearts—a little piece of the Wood River Valley that we were able to save in 1993 from extinction.