Tantalize your taste buds with superb Okanagan food, wine and beer, experience outstanding entertainment, bid at exciting auctions and support The Nature Trust of BC at its 5th gala fundraiser Earth Wind Fire 2013 on Friday, June 21. 

Taking place at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort & Conference Center in Kelowna, the fundraiser promises to be a sensational event, net proceeds to aid The Nature Trust of BC’s Okanagan conservation efforts. Individual tickets are $175 and accommodation is available at the Delta Grand.

This non-profit non-advocacy land conservation organization has been acquiring and managing ecologically significant land in BC since 1971. The Nature Trust owns 11,000 acres in the Okanagan; as well, the group manages 115,000 acres of grazing licenses associated with its biodiversity ranches. 

“Our latest acquisition was Twin Lakes – a beautiful 2,000 acres of grasslands near Penticton,” says Deb Kennedy of The Nature Trust. “This property was identified as a top priority for conservation. Twin Lakes is adjacent to The Nature Trust White Lake Biodiversity Ranch and will be conserved as part of this total complex.”  

In particular, the proceeds from this event will support Conservation Youth Crews hired by The Nature Trust of BC each summer to tackle conservation activities on properties across the province and prepare them for future employment.

Earth Wind Fire starts at 5:30 with a sparkling reception, silent auction and the vocal stylings of jazz singer Anna Jacyszyn. As guests take their seats, they will be treated to a performance by Kelowna Secondary Vocal Jazz Ensemble, followed by dining and drinking at amazing food and beverage stations. Culinary creations are prepared by the Okanagan’s top chefs and members of Culinary Team BC; wines and beers provided by select Valley wineries and breweries. After a short presentation and live auction, the band Cover to Cover will rock the dance floor.

“Earth Wind Fire is a wonderful expression of Okanagan community spirit,” says Deb Kennedy. “We are very grateful for all the people who share The Nature Trust’s passion for BC and contribute to this special fundraising event.”

~ Dona Sturmanis