Thank you for celebrating with us!

This year’s Starry Evening Gala was a blast!

We are so grateful for our community’s support in creating such a fun event raising funds to support conserved lands. Thank you for making this year’s gala the most impactful year to date. 100% of the evenings proceeds go directly to the Land Trust’s Opportunity Fund, supporting conservation projects in the Gunnison Valley. Your continued support ensures that our local wildlife habitat, clean waterways, recreational opportunities, and unique way of life are protected for generations to come.

This year’s gala featured live music from The Floodgate Operators, a buffet dinner catered by Crested Butte’s Personal Chefs, wine, beer, and spirits by Buckel Family Wine, Irwin Brewing Company, and Sidecar Mobile Bar with Tito’s Vodka, a casting contest by Dragonfly Anglers, and a live and silent auction featuring local businesses and experiences.

Thank you to the entire community, our volunteer gala committee, auction supporters, businesses, friends, neighbors, and more. We are honored to protect and steward your open spaces. We are already looking forward to next summer’s gala, on July 8, 2023!


Milky Way Sponsors

Debbie and Jim Alsup/Nancy and Dan Garrison

Monica Ariowitsch and Suzanne Pierson

The Ruth H Brown Foundation with thanks to Charla and Rob

Susie and Reggie Coon

Phyllis Cowell

Crested Butte Collection, Kiley Flint Realtor

Aimee and Mitch Dryer

Sharon and Bobby Floyd

Jeff Hermanson







LIV Sotheby’s International Realty/Jaima Giles-Alsum

Julie and Jim Musselman

Margaret and Lee Rigby

Anne and Bill Ronai

Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Terri and Chris Von Dohlen

Jim Watson

Kathy and Monty Watson







Big Dipper Sponsors

Lenni and Bill Burke/Marina and Bruce Jefferis

Neva and John Dawson/Mary and Ben Hulsey

Christy and Tim Hooper

Julie and Andy McNeill

Sarah and Chris Riopelle

Shelly and Kevin Smartt

The Train Family

Lisa and John Tully

Little Dipper Sponsors

Debbie and Bruce Alpern

Susan and Kevin Beltz

Shirley and Gene Cordes

Tanja and Kelly Harrison

Becky and Brian Henley

Jeri and Jim Houstoun

Marcy and Scott Pryor

Barbara and Randy Rosenblatt

Daphne and Jay Shipowitz

SHM Architects

Carol Blitz Smith and Timothy Covington

Vanderlock Family and CU Boulder Partnership Program

Becky and Joe Williams

Mary Jones and Damon Wright

Stargazer Sponsors

Jennifer Murray Bess and Charles Bess

Dorothy and Russell Budd

Ruth and Chris Carey

Grace and Lynn Charuk

Jane and Jerry Clark

Rosalind and Hal Cook

Rhonda and Ron Edmundson

Elizabeth and Bill Eggert

The Estess Family

Samantha Fisher Interior Design

Shannon and Chip Fudge

Lauris and Jay Gibson

Tom and Karen Jensen

Laura and Doug Johnston

Prewitt Lane and Diane Medley

Kelli and Chris Mize

Carolyn and Henson Moore

Jennifer and Mark Mouritsen

Buffy and Vernon Naake

Bill Peatross

Peggy and Ty Puckett

The Redding Family

Elizabeth and Bart Showalter

Soltek Pacific, Inc.

Haden and John Spencer

Beth and Jim Stormont

Bob Valentine and Steve Bolton

Lisa and Wes Youngblood

Special Thanks

Terri Murphy, invitation and program design

Auction Donors

*Please note, per IRS regulations, we cannot accept payments for Starry Evening underwriting or items through Donor-advised Funds.*