Starry Evening Gala

Saturday, July 13, 2024

The Land Trust’s 6th Annual Starry Evening Gala will be on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Join friends, neighbors, and fellow conservationists for a fun evening filled with laughter, auctions, live music, and delicious food. It’s a night you won’t want to miss, and we hope you can join us!

Underwriting Opportunities

Starry Evening Sponsor - $10,000 (1 table | 8 seats)

Starry Evening Sponsor – $10,000 (1 tables | 8 seats)

Your $10,000 sponsorship can pay for one week of land and waterway stewardship to monitor and care for the 6,000 acres of land, wetlands, rivers, and trails you help protect.

  • Table of 8 with premier seating 
  • Photo of you and your guests at the gala
  • Exclusive VIP reception with the CBLT Board of Directors and guests
  • Verbal recognition at the event
  • Recognition on invitations and program
  • Recognition on CBLT website

Milky Way Sponsor - $5,000 (1 table | 8 seats)

Milky Way Sponsor – $5,000 (1 table | 8 seats)

Your $5,000 sponsorship can provide one week of trail construction and maintenance to care for beloved areas like the Lower Loop, Long Lake, and the Lupine Trails.

  • Table of 8 with reserved seating 
  • Verbal recognition at the event
  • Recognition on invitations and program
  • Recognition on CBLT website

Big Dipper Sponsor - $2,500 (4 seats)

Big Dipper Sponsor – $2,500 (4 seats)

Your $2,500 sponsorship can revegetate one acre of land with a custom native seed to support local habitats and landscapes.

  • Reserved seating for 4
  • Recognition on invitations and program

Stargazer Sponsor - $1,000 (2 seats)

Stargazer Sponsor – $1,000 (2 seats)

Your $1,000 sponsorship can provide one mile of wildlife-friendly fence maintenance to support local ranching and keep wildlife safe.

  • Reserved seating for 2
  • Recognition on invitations and program

Thank you for your interest in attending the 6th Annual Starry Evening Gala on Saturday, July 13, 2024! To learn more about purchasing tickets, providing an auction item, or supporting the event, please contact Ashley UpChurch at


Can’t make it but want to show your support for the event?


Ashley UpChurch | | (970) 349-1206

2024 Underwriters

Underwriters make this event an even greater success! It’s thanks to these folks that we can direct all proceeds from the evening to conserving and caring for our beloved trails, wildlife habitats, ranch lands, and waterways. 

Starry Evening Sponsors

Blake Hawk Family

Milky Way Sponsors


Debbie and Jim Alsup/Katie and Scott Schofield

Deborah and Russell Brown/Lenni and Bill Burke/Marina and Bruce Jefferis/Heather and Wayne Kearney

Kara Buckley and Karl Zachar/Melissa Caro Preston and Kurt Preston

Ruth Turnquist Carver and Jim Schmidt


Susie and Reggie Coon

Crested Butte Collection, Kiley Flint Realtor

Cathy and Peter Dea

Aimee and Mitch Dryer/Jaima Giles-Alsum and Brian Alsum

Lynn and Gil Friedlander/Tricia and Mike Wortley

Sharon and Bobby Floyd

Emily and Jamie Henkel

The Hermanson Family

Sarah and Chris Riopelle

Anne and Bill Ronai

SHM Architects

Bob Valentine and Steve Bolton

Terri and Chris Von Dohlen

Jim Watson

Lisa and Wes Youngblood

Big Dipper Sponsors

Shirley and Gene Cordes

Neva and John Dawson

Joan and Charlie Graham

Tanja and Kelly Harrison

Ynette and Jim Hogue/Becky and Joe Williams

Julie and Andy McNeill

Jennifer and Bart Reed

Rigby Slack PLLC

Daphne and Jay Shipowitz

Suzanne and John Simmons

The Clayton Taylor Family

Stargazer Sponsors

Debbie and Bruce Alpern

Ruth and Chris Carey

Grace and Lynn Charuk

Victoria and Zach Chenault

Jane and Jerry Clark

Susan and Jan Creidenberg

Eileen and Bart Dalton

Lisa and Ted Daniel

Cindy and Randy Edmundson

Rhonda and Ron Edmundson

Sandra Estess

Becky Frey

Judy and Jim Haller

Thomas Hawk

Tom Heine

Beth and Ron Hicks

Michael Higuera

Christy and Tim Hooper

Jill and Jay Indovino

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Johnson

Sally and Duane Johnson

Kathy and Michael Keig

Chris Kopf Real Estate

Joyce and Doug Kroft

Carol and Mark Lester

LIV Sotheby’s International Realty – Crested Butte

Kit and David McRae

Diane Medley and Prewitt Lane

Leslie and Keith Morley

Midtown Mountain

Jennifer and Mark Mouritsen

Bill Peatross

Cristin and Blair Pogue

Marcy and Scott Pryor

Peggy and Ty Puckett

Lotte and Kevin Roache

Tara Schoedinger

Christy and John Segal

Donna Seligman and John Garrett

Marsha and Dr. Singleton

Meg and Michael Smith

Beth and Jim Stormont

Lisa and Phil Stranahan

Kelly and Kirk Tattersall

Julie Vlier and Rich Tocher

Western Colorado University

Alicen and Peter White

Kate and Tommy White

Marcella and Brian Wildes

Special thanks to our 2024 in-kind donors

Here’s a preview of what’s to come! The following businesses have generously donated experiences, gift cards, and items to our silent and live auctions. Stop by their place of business or send them an email to thank them for supporting your open spaces!

2024 Gala Committee

The Starry Evening Gala wouldn’t be the celebration it is without our incredible gala committee! These tireless volunteers work all year to bring you the best event of the summer. (Interested in joining us next year? Email Ashley at

Debbie Alsup

Murrie Chirekos

Aimee Dryer

Cindy Graf

Becky Henley

Jill Indovino

Heather Kearney

Jennifer Watson Mouritsen

Nikki Pulitzer

Lee Rigby

Lotte Roache

Katie Schofield

Scott Schofield

John Simmons

Suzanne Simmons

Laura Tomlinson

Terri Von Dohlen

Protect What You Love

As pressures on the Gunnison Valley increase, you can be part of the solution.
Leave a legacy of open space protection by donating to the Crested Butte Land Trust today,
and ensure that you and generations to come will continue to enjoy our unique quality of life.


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