Grotto Fundraiser is a Huge Success
Foundation Has Reached Eighty Percent of Goal
An extraordinary experience was granted to the members of ZNHA and local residents who participated in the First Annual Fall Foundation Fundraiser hosted by the Zion Canyon Field Institute and the Zion National Park Foundation on September 20, 2008. Guests met at the Zion Nature Center and traveled by a private shuttle to the Grotto Museum Building to hear Superintendent Jock Whitworth and Chief of Resource Management Krisin Legg discuss the history of the building, restoration plans that are currently underway and the future plans for the Artist in Residence program that will utilize the building when the restoration is complete.
The group then traveled to the Zion Lodge where everyone enjoyed a sumptuous meal and a very interesting talk by J.L. Crawford about the historical use of stonework in the park. A wine bar was generously hosted by ZNHA lifetime members Larry McKown and Greg Miner. One highlight of the evening was the silent auction. Good natured, competitive bidding brought a great deal of levity to the evening. Some of the favorite items were an autographed copy of A Century of Sanctuary, the Art of Zion National Park, a beautiful hand made quilt, Zion Canyon Field Institute packages, and various works of art. It was a wonderful evening which was very beneficial for the Foundation goal of assisting the park in restoring the Grotto Museum Building.
It is heartwarming to see the generosity and enthusiasm of people who love Zion National Park and who desire to contribute to the preservation of this spectacular place. If you would like to be invited to next year’s Fall Fundraising Event please call Tracy Jones or Michael Plyler at 435-772-3264 to have your name added to the list.To donate to the Grotto Project call 435-772-3264 or visit the web at www.zionpark.org.