Where would we be as a society without the almighty auction and dinner benefit? We'd have a lot fewer opportunities to buy raffle tickets and make silent auctions increasingly competitive with each drink, that's for sure.
But in the case of the Idaho Conservation League's Evening on the River on Saturday, Aug. 27, we'd have less clean water and good air quality.
ICL will host its annual fundraiser to help support the group's efforts to champion causes like keeping an eye on new natural gas drilling regulations, fighting a proposed gold mine in Atlanta and promoting programs that help increase the use of clean energy.
This year, the event will include an all-local dinner catered by Tapia's Gourmet with produce and meats from local producers, including Peaceful Belly Farm, Purple Sage Farms, Rice Family Farms and M & M Heath Farms. Even the hooch will be local with wine form Frenchman's Gulch and Cinder wineries and beer from Grand Teton Brewing.
The event will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with music by Mary Beth Whitaker and Josh Bogle, followed by Boise band Shaken Not Stirred. A silent auction will run throughout the night, with a live auction capping off the evening and giving attendees the chance to snag vacation getaways, jewelry, outdoor adventures and more.
It will be on the lawn of the Boise Unitarian Universalist Church in Garden City. Tickets cost $75 each, and are available by calling ICL or visiting idahoconservation.org/eor.