The Big Sky Community Organization on July 8 held its ninth annual Parks and Trails Gala, the nonprofit’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The event was also one of the organization’s most lucrative fundraisers to date.

The gala raised more than $125,000, up 18 percent over its collections last summer.

“It was an incredible event that highlighted over 215 community members coming together to celebrate the parks and trails here in Big Sky,” said BSCO Executive Director Ciara Wolfe in an email. “The generosity of our community that evening displayed the commitment we have to ensuring that our community’s assets grow alongside the development that is happening.”

Funds raised from the gala will go toward bicyclist and pedestrian safety, enhancing the connectivity of the Mountain to Meadow trail, and growing the community trails system in Big Sky, among other projects pertaining to the organization’s 16 miles of trails, 83 acres of parkland and numerous community programs.

“[The gala ensures we’re] connected by world-class recreation and enrichment opportunities that embrace a vibrant quality of life now and for our future generations,” Wolfe said.