Eastern Sierra Land Trust's Lands & Legacy

8th Annual Celebration Dinner and Weekend

ESLT's 2016 Lands & Legacy Celebration

Friday, July 29 - Sunday, July 31


Since Eastern Sierra Land Trust’s first benefit in 2009, our Lands & Legacy Celebration has grown into our annual “Party of the Year”: an opportunity for conservation supporters to gather together and toast our work protecting our treasured Eastern Sierra lands. Bringing together friends both new and old, Lands & Legacy celebrates our successes and gives us all an occasion to dream big.

Hosted by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, our 8th annual Benefit Dinner was held on Saturday, July 30 at Mammoth Mountain's stunning Parallax Restaurant. The evening included a delicious dinner, plenty of time to mingle with friends, and a Paddle Raise - which allowed guests to contribute directly to the conservation projects that you care about most. Dinner attendees also joined us that same weekend for one of two free walking tours: at an ongoing conservation project in Bridgeport Valley on Friday afternoon, or at our Black Lake Preserve on Sunday morning.

Bringing together our conservation partners from across the state and beyond, this year's Lands & Legacy was fantastic fun. And it was so much more: it was a community coming together from all walks of life to stand side-by-side in support of our wild and working Eastside lands.

In addition to being an opportunity to celebrate the conservation successes you’ve made possible, Lands & Legacy is also our big annual fundraiser – and in this respect, too, the weekend was a massive success: together we beat our goal and raised over $90,000, more than we’ve raised at any other event to-date.

So thank you to each of you who joined us at Lands & Legacy – and to all others who couldn’t be there, but who proudly stand behind our work to conserve the Eastside lands we all love.

Learn More about our 2016 Lands & Legacy >>



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Thank you to our generous sponsors of this year's Lands & Legacy!


Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

“Eastern Sierra Land Trust plays an important role in sustainability for the entire region,” said Mammoth Mountain Ski Area CEO and Chairman Rusty Gregory. “Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is proud to support ESLT’s efforts to preserve our beautiful landscapes and open spaces. The scenic beauty of the Eastern Sierra not only enhances our enjoyment as residents, but keeps visitors coming back.”

Rusty Gregory and Mammoth Mountain support ESLT through generous annual donations and by hosting this annual event for ESLT. Facilities under permit from the Inyo National Forest.


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Betsey Tyler

Guardian Sponsor of ESLT's Lands & Legacy 2016


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Tim Bartley

Table Host at ESLT's Lands & Legacy Benefit Dinner 2016


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Bob and Karen Gardner

Table Hosts at ESLT's Lands & Legacy Benefit Dinner 2016


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Ruth and Roger MacFarlane

Table Hosts at ESLT's Lands & Legacy Benefit Dinner 2016

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Marie Patrick and Michael Lofthus

Table Hosts at ESLT's Lands & Legacy Benefit Dinner 2016


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Brynn Pewtherer, Tony and Sherryl Taylor

Table Hosts at ESLT's Lands & Legacy Benefit Dinner 2016


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Rotary International

Mammoth Lakes Rotary Club

Table Host at ESLT's Lands & Legacy Benefit Dinner 2016


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Independent Project Press

Patron Sponsor of ESLT's Lands & Legacy 2016


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Rick Kattelmann

Patron Sponsor of ESLT's Lands & Legacy 2016


Past Lands & Legacy Events


ESLT's Lands & Legacy Celebration 2015

Friday, July 24 - Sunday, July 26

Every one of our Lands & Legacy Celebrations has been special and memorable - and this annual party only seems to get more fun and inspiring with each passing year.

2015's Celebration went further than ever before by raising much-needed funds to keep our boots on the ground protecting the places, plants, and creatures you treasure. We surpassed all projections and tripled our ambitious fundraising goal!

Thanks go to Mammoth Mountain and Rusty Gregory for hosting our Saturday night Benefit Dinner once more at their stunning Parallax Restaurant. Highlights from the evening include a delicious coursed dinner, back-by-popular-demand musical performance by Nina Gerber and Chris Webster, and a Paddle Raise: in which guests had the opportunity to contribute directly towards the projects and programs that they care about most.

The weekend also featured two walking tours out on the land: a Friday afternoon exploration of the Mono Basin's historic Conway Ranch, and a Sunday morning tour of the lovely Green Creek Powerhouse Preserve.

Read more about our 2015 Lands & Legacy on our Blog >>


ESLT's Lands & Legacy Celebration 2014

Friday, August 22 - Saturday, August 24

Our 2014 Lands & Legacy Celebration was simply amazing – filled with inspiration, good food and company, and visions of the preserved open spaces in the Eastern Sierra’s future. Our sincere thanks go to Mammoth Mountain and Rusty Gregory for hosting our Saturday night Benefit Dinner on August 23 at their stunning Parallax Restaurant. At dinner, we introduced our new Legacy Award to recognize the inspiration, leadership, and commitment of two individuals who have made a powerful difference in the future of the Eastern Sierra: Sid Tyler and Tony Taylor. The evening’s highlights also included a silent auction and a spectacular Lands & Legacy Benefit concert by Nina Gerber and Chris Webster. This renowned musical duo wowed the crowd with their soulful ballads, jazzy tunes, and gorgeous folk songs. The following morning, we hosted a tour of ESLT’s historic Naylon conservation easement in Swall Meadows and observed some of the Eastside’s most accomplished painters in action as they captured the beauty of the protected landscape in their timeless works of art.


From start to finish, our 2014 Lands & Legacy Celebration felt like a lovely family gathering. Thank you to all our sponsors and attendees for supporting ESLT’s efforts to preserve our magnificent Eastern Sierra landscapes!


ESLT's Lands & Legacy Celebration 2013

Friday, August 2 - Saturday, August 3

Hosted in conjunction with Rusty Gregory and Mammoth Mountain, Lands & Legacy 2013 included a walking tour on one of our conservation projects, followed by a social hour, benefit dinner, live music with local musicians String Theory, and fabulous silent auction with fine artwork, travel packages, and more. Our keynote speaker at the event was Rand Wentworth, President of the Washington D.C. - based Land Trust Alliance and national authority on land preservation. In addition to our events on Saturday, there was also an optional Friday evening reception and classical concert at the Mammoth Lakes Music Festival, featuring the Felici Piano Trio and other noted musicians. Read more about the event on our blog, Eastern Sierra LandLines!


ESLT's Lands & Legacy Weekend 2012

Friday, July 20 - Sunday, July 22

During the weekend of July 20-22, ESLT featured events designed to showcase the dramatic Eastern Sierra landscape and connect ESLT supporters and members to this treasured land. NBA great, bicycle enthusiast, and ESLT member and supporter Bill Walton, participated in the weekend’s events. Friday, July 20, Bill Walton conducted a basketball clinic at the Mammoth High School in Mammoth Lakes. Saturday, July 21, the day began with a 23 mile Bike-Fun Ride along the beautiful scenery of the June Lake Loop in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. The weekend culminated with a gala dinner sponsored by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area on Saturday, July 21. The evening’s celebration included a reception, dinner, silent auction, and entertaining program.


ESLT's Mammoth Mountain Extravaganza 2011

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Western Roundup Dinner at the Mountainside Conference Center. The evening featured great western live music, cowboy poetry, and an exciting auction. Thank you to: Bonnie & Rusty Gregory; Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, LLC; Generous Donors to our Silent Auction; Bill Bramlette, ESLT Board Member and Landowner; Rosanne Higley, Marie Patrick, and Lee Ann Wood, events committee; Michael Lofthus, silent auction; and Stephen Ingram, slideshow.


ESLT’s Mammoth Mountain Extravaganza 2010

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Village Conference Center, Grand Sierra Lodge

The evening included a fabulous dinner, drinks, guest speaker, live music, raffle, and auction featuring original works of art and exclusive Eastern Sierra getaway weekends.


Preserving the Eastern Sierra Legacy 2009

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Mill, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

An evening which honored the work being done to preserve the Eastern Sierra and its unique legacy.