New Mexico is home to stunning landscapes and a truly enchanting heritage of wildlife, clean air, pure water and food-producing soils. Keeping it that way for future generations is a big job, carried out in northern New Mexico, in large part, by the Santa Fe Conservation Trust (SFCT). In operation for 29 years, the SFCT is a private non-profit organization supported by caring people just like you. You’ll get your chance to do just that when SFCT holds its annual fundraising event, Stand Up For Nature, at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, on Saturday, September 10, beginning at 5 p.m.
“This is our largest annual fundraising event, and we are now in our 21st year,” says Joanne Smogor, Events and Development Officer for the SFCT. “We preserve about 45,000 acres of land in northern New Mexico, we have a trails legacy, so we take care of 55 miles of trails, we have programs that bring young and old alike into nature, primarily people who may not be able to do so otherwise, we bus kids onto the trails, we have a walking program called Vamanos, where we do walks May through October, and we protect the night sky, so it’s a pretty broad based land trust. Many land trusts just deal with preserving land, but we do a whole lot more. We also do the BANFF Film Festival at the Lensic every year.”
To do your part in helping with this impressive workload, make plans to celebrate SFCT’s efforts, during this very special evening of dinner, music and fun. It all starts with a cocktail hour, during which attendees can wander around the grounds, visit, and snack on appetizers. Speciality cocktails will be provided by Santa Fe Spirits, along with beer selections from Second Street Brewery, and both sparkling and still wines from Gruet.
Local musicians Lara Manzanares and J. Michael Combs will provide music for the cocktail hour. They will then lower the levels a bit to play during a tasty buffet dinner under the big tent, provided by Cowgirl BBQ, a favorite amongst the conservation crowd. After dinner, SFCT Executive Director Sarah Noss will officially start the program, by covering the organization’s current projects and successes. A video created by Hutton Broadcasting will follow, and after that, a world premiere work created especially for the event by Santa Fe’s premiere immersive theater company The Exodus Ensemble, will be performed.
“We are so excited to have Exodus Ensemble as part of our entertainment, this year,” Joanne says. “Normally we have a guest speaker, but this year we decided to mix it up a bit. One of our board members, a fan of the Exodus Ensemble, approached them and filled them in about SFCT, asking if they might be willing to perform. Turns out they love our mission and our work, and once we talked to them they said ‘we are so behind you. We want to do something just for you guys.’ Two donors have stepped up to underwrite the performance, so they are creating a one-of-a-kind, once only for Santa Fe Conservation Trust performance. It will be immersive – maybe not as intimate as some of the stuff they usually do, because we have 300 people coming – but they will be moving through the audience, and it will be conservation focused. It sounds amazing!”
The evening will finish off with a Paddle Raise, in which a professional auctioneer gets up and raises money for conservation through donations. “It’s like an auction,” Joanne says, “But we’re not auctioning anything off, we’re just raising money. We have such amazing supporters, and at this point we have 47 sponsors, and a number of donors, contributing to this event. We try to give our guests as much as possible, because of their support, and I think this year, with Exodus Ensemble providing the entertainment, it will be something extra special.”
Do your part to help keep New Mexico beautiful, by supporting the Santa Fe Conservation Trust in its ongoing mission. To find out more about Stand Up For Nature, or to purchase tickets, visit the website. To find out more about the Santa Fe Conservation Trust, visit their website, today.This article was posted by David Salcido