BIG SKY – New auction items have been announced for the Big Sky Community Corp.’s second annual Parks and Trails Gala, a fundraiser for the nonprofit, to be held Saturday, July 27 at the community park.

Last year’s sold out event raised a net profit of more than $100,000, which was used to help fund a new pavilion, restrooms and concession in the park, and build the first phase of the South Fork Trails system– a series of more than eight miles of public easements that BSCC received from the Simkins family in May.

The board recently determined this year’s proceeds will go toward parks and trails improvements, specifically continued construction of the South Fork Trails; additional infrastructure in the park including sod and landscaping; mapping of the Mountain to Meadow trail; and planning a bridge linking Ousel Falls Trail to Yellow Mule Trail above the waterfall.

A live and silent auction will take place after dinner, before transitioning into music by local country-rock band Bottom of the Barrel.

BSCC Executive Director Jessie Wiese says there is something for everyone in this year’s spread of items.

“Local, national and international donors have made our auction world class this year,” Wiese said. “I think we’ve done a really good job of having appealing items for everyone that will be there.”

Live auction items she is particularly excited about include a heli-skiing trip in British Columbia, a football weekend for two in Seattle and an exclusive fishing trip in Yellowstone National Park.

Spa packages, gift cards, furniture and gear are just a few of the many silent auctions to be featured at this year’s fundraiser.

Event sponsors include the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation, Highline Partners, NorthWestern Energy, Hammond Property Management, Rotary International, On Site Management, Inc., Bozeman Audi, Big Sky Western Bank, Republic Services of Montana, Lohss Contruction and Outlaw Partners, publisher of this newspaper.
To purchase tickets or sponsor the Gala, visit bsccmt.org or call the BSCC office at (406) 993-2112.

Seattle football weekend: Sept. 20-22, 2013

This trip for two includes a round-trip flight from Bozeman to Seattle, two nights in a deluxe room at the Silver Cloud Stadium Hotel, and premium seating to the Huskies and Seahawks games. On Sept. 21, the Spirit of 76 party boat will transport you to Husky stadium to see the University of Washington Huskies take on the Idaho Vandals from a 30-yard line suite with complimentary food and beverages. On Sept. 22, watch the Seahawks versus the Jaguars at CenturyLink Field. Seats TBD.

Kingfisher Heliskiing:

Two days of heli-skiing for four at Keefer Lake Wilderness Resort, located in British Columbia’s Monashee Mountains. Included is two nights’ accommodation at the internationally acclaimed Sparkling Hill Wellness Resort for a total of eight people (four skiers and four non-skiing guests).

Kingfisher is British Columbia’s newest small-group heli-skiing company, offering both luxury and rustic heli-ski packages for skiers and snowboarders of all riding abilities. The Monashee Range is renowned for deep, dry powder and world-class tree skiing.
kingfisherheliskiing.com

Baldface snowcat vacation: Dec.27-29, 2013

Enjoy the best of the powder triangle: highest bidder receives three days of snowcat skiing or boarding and all-inclusive treatment at one of British Columbia’s finest backcountry lodges.

This trip for two snowboarders or skiers includes transportation from Nelson, B.C., to the lodge, chalet accommodation, gourmet meals, guided skiing and safety equipment. baldface.net

Bali: A week’s stay in Paradise:

Recently constructed Villa Paradiso, an exquisite private home, is located on the tranquil eastern coast of Bali, in the village of Amed. It sits just a few hundred meters from the beach and has stunning, private poolside views of both the ocean and the lush river valley and mountains beyond.villa-paradiso.com

Guided private boat tour of Yellowstone Lake:

Includes an overnight stay and dinner at the historic Yellowstone Lake Hotel, and a 4-hour fishing trip, departing from Bridge Bay Marina in Yellowstone National Park. Ken Barrett, Native Fish Campaign Manager for Yellowstone Park Foundation, and a fishing guide will accompany you.