Portland, OR. The Columbia Land Trust annual gala raised $285,600 to support conservation and restoration work in the Columbia River region. Supporter Judy Gordon, Board Member Wendy Gerlach and Columbia Land Trust Leadership Giving Manager Yvonne Garcia enjoyed the event on October 13th. (Photo credit, Brit Forbes) The gala featured the premiere of the short film, As She Grows, which tells how the Land Trust is helping conserve vast swaths of working forestland just south of Mount St. Helens. The video also explores the ways in which old growth forests inspire curiosity in the young and the young at heart. 

Frank Glenn IV & Lin Li; Columbia Land Trust Executive Director, Glenn Lamb

Frank Glenn IV, Columbia Land Trust Executive Director Glenn Lamb and Lin Li.

Kelley Jorgensen from Plas Newydd Farm bidding during the Live Auction

Kelley Jorgensen, from Plas Newydd Farm, was bidding during the Live Auction.

Murmur Creative table guests during dinner

“Murmur Creative” table guests smile for a photo during dinner.

Attendees enjoyed a live auction, which included local tours, outings, and experiences including a beach side getaways and Snake River rafting excursions. The nonprofit raised funds for northwest conservation by selling dry bags full of prizes (thanks to Cascade Designs!), local beer and cider, and lucky golden salmon tickets. 

From Columbia Land Trust:

Thanks to our photographer, Brit Forbes, our volunteers, our Emerging Leaders Council, our sponsors including presenting sponsor Waste Connections, and all of our donors for making this year’s Wild Splendor a huge success.