The Inland Northwest Land Conservancy held their third annual Appetite for Conservation dinner and auction in the beautiful setting of Arbor Crest Wine Cellars. A gentle rain greeted the guests this autumn evening followed by a crimson sunset overlooking the valley.

This is truly a perfect venue and setting to bring members, guests, land owners—both private and public—and supporting businesses together for the common goal of preserving land, water ways, the aquifer, wildlife habitat and all the natural resources available in the Inland Northwest for the enjoyment of all and for the generations to come.

The evening began with hors d’oeuvres and wine in the Arbor Crest Winery tasting room then moved to the big tent for dinner and auction, both silent and live. The talented duo of Pat Simmons and Greg Mahugh provided musical entertainment and Pat Simmons was the grand auctioneer.

Emcee Kristi Gorenson of KXLY kept everything upbeat, motivating guests to open hearts and wallets to raise the money needed to keep preservation goals and programs continuing.

Gavin Cooley, CFO, City of Spokane was the keynote speaker. The emphasis of his message is the continued protection of the greatest economic asset of the Inland Northwest—it’s natural resources that make this region so desirable to live and play in. One guest shared that he was there to support the land conservancy because he is a biker that appreciates being able to bike through private land that has an easement that a land owner made available for public use. That is one example of the work the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy does. But most of all it is about conservation and bringing businesses, private land owners, education and the public together to care about our wonderful natural resources.