Mark Your Calendars: Spring For Glacier Fundraiser Set For May 18

It's about time to "Spring For Glacier" and turn out to support the good work of four non-profit organizations that support Glacier National Park. Kurt Repanshek photo of goats on Logan Pass in Glacier.

Trains once were the primary mode of transportation for visiting national parks in the West. The folks at the Glacier National Park Fund are paying homage to the railroads during their Spring For Glacier fundraiser later this month.

You are invited to join Glacier National Park’s four non-profit partners at Lake McDonald Lodge for a fun-filled evening on Friday, May 18. This event will benefit the park’s four partners - Glacier Institute, the Glacier Association, the Glacier National Park Associates and the Glacier National Park Fund – as they support Glacier National Park.

Spring for Glacier launches the 2012 summer season in Glacier National Park. The event begins with a reception at the historic Belton Chalet in West Glacier at 4 p.m. with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and ticket sales for the Golden Ticket Raffle – with the winner announced later in the evening at the Live Auction.

Between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. all guests can ride a historic Red Bus to Lake McDonald Lodge - where the festivities continue until 10 p.m. The activities at the lodge include a varied selection of hors d’oeuvres, wines and micro brews along with scenic boat rides, entertainment by David Walburn, original art works by local artists, a silent and a live auction.

Boat tours will be provided by Glacier Park Boat Company with a park naturalist on board to talk about the history and wildlife around Lake McDonald.

The Silent Auction includes a variety of Glacier and Montana related gifts and products. It starts at 5:30 p.m. in the grand dining room and closes at 7:45 p.m.

The Live Auction begins at 8:30 p.m. in the Lodge Auditorium - preceded by dessert, coffee and music by the Crown of the Continent Choir. The participating artists include Rob Akey, Sheryl Bodily, Nancy Cawdrey, Haakon Ensign, Allen Jimmerson, Karen Leigh, Rochelle Lombardi, Nicholas Oberling, Mark Ogle, Cliff Rossberg, Linda Tippetts and Rusti Warner.

The cost to attend this affair is $125 per person. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. To purchase your ticket for Spring for Glacier or for further information, please call 406-888-9039.

Special lodging rates will be offered to guests at both the Belton Chalet and Lake McDonald Lodge. For reservations at the Belton, call 406-888-5000 or for reservations at Lake McDonald Lodge, call 406-892-6733.