An Evening for Mount Dean Stone

Five Valleys Land Trust would like to thank the many members of the community who made our 22nd Annual Banquet & Auction a tremendous success! With your generous support we raised over $270,000 to protect and preserve western Montana's natural legacy – our river corridors, wildlife habitat, agricultural lands and scenic open spaces. 

At the Banquet, we unveiled our next signature open space project, Mount Dean Stone, which will connect Pattee Canyon and the South Hills neighborhoods to Miller Creek. Thank you to our lead partners: The Nature Conservancy of Montana, Run Wild Missoula, and an outdoor-loving Missoula family who led the charge to kick off our successful banquet Fund A Dream, which raised $165,000 to support our work on this effort. To learn more about Mount Dean Stone check out the Missoula Current's recent article.

Mount Dean Stone ownership detail
Aerial image looking west over Mount Dean Stone framed by Miller Creek (left) and the City of Missoula (upper right). The Nature Conservancy ownership is shaded in yellow and Montana Department of Natural Resource Conservation ownership is shaded in blue. FVLT staff photo.

A heart-felt thank you to all the individuals, sponsors, donors and attendees who helped to make our 2016 Banquet a night to remember:


Presenting Sponsor:  First Interstate Bank

Axis Physical Therapy

Big Sky Bikes

Blackfoot Telecommunications

Five Valleys Urology

Garlington, Lohn & Robinson

Good Food Store

Junkermier, Clark, Campanella, Stevens P.C.

Peak Health & Wellness

Providence Western Montana

Neptune Aviation

RBC Wealth Management

Republic Services of Montana

Run Wild Missoula

Southgate Mall

The Trail Head

Twin Cranes Dental

US Bank

Wozniak Freeman Jenson Group of Wells Fargo Advisors


Auction Donors:

Alta Ranch

April’s ABC Gourmet Preserves

Barney Jette

Lucy Beighle

Bella Savauge

Bernice’s Bakery

Big Dipper Ice Cream

Big Sky Brewing

Bitterroot Flower Shop

Blackfoot Telecommunications

Blue Mountain B&B

Boheme Coffee Shop

The Book Exchange

Ann Boone

Bravo Catering

Break Espresso

Reita Brockhausen

David and Becky Brooks

Jim and Sue Brown

Nancy Bugbee

Burns Street Bistro

Caffe Dolce

Canyon River Golf

Tom Catmull

China Woods

Cold Stone Creamery

Clark Fork Organics

Clyde Coffee

Cowgirls Salon

Craven's Coffee

Dairy Queen

Daphne Lorna

The Darehshori Family

Dawn's Guilty Pleasures

Briar Diggs

Discovery Ski Area

The Doubletree Hotel

The Dram Shop


E Bar L

El Diablo

Mae Nan Ellingson

Earth Within Flowers

Finn & Porter

Harriet Eichenholz

House Design Studio

EKO Compost

Chic Fitts

Five on Black

Flint Creek Outdoors

Friday Night Pizza


Dale Frey and A’lisa Scott

Garden City Harvest

Grassroots Gifts and Souvenirs

Great Burn Brewing

Grizzly Hackle

Grizzly Liquor

Grogan’s Harvest

Habitat Floral Studio

Jim Harkins

Gary Hawk

Hayes Ranch

Heritage Timber

Imagine Nation Brewing

Hot House Yoga

Dennis, Char, Les and Sue Iverson

The Keep

 Kettlehouse Brewery

Grant and Becks Kier

Laurel Creek

Lifeline Farms


Loose Caboose

Lost Trail Powder Mountain

Mmmm Waffles

Libby Maclay

Marchie's Nursery

Mauer Power

John Menson

Johnna Mickelson

Mismo Gymnastics

Missoula Brewing Co.

Missoula Symphony

Montana Natural History Center

Montgomery Distillery

Mountain Pearl Photography

Mountain Press Publishing Co.


The Mustard Seed

Emily and Simone Musco

Neptune Aviation

Notorious P.I.G.

The Pink Grizzly

Old World Bakery

Open Road

Orange Street Food Farm

Osprey Baseball

Patagonia Outlet

Peak Tennis—Scott Potter

Pearl Cafe

Kent Perleman

Philipsburg Brewery


The Ranch at Rock Creek

Ranch Club

Rattlesnake Creek Distillery

Rattlesnake Market & Café

RDO Equipment Co.

The Red Bird

Republic Services of Montana

Jim Royan

The Roxy Theater

Samantha Schmidt

Katie Seidenschwarz

Scotty’s Table

Nancy Seldin

Amber Sherrill

The Silk Road

Laura Snyder



Jim and Colleen Stone

String Orchestra of the Rockies

Studio 2 Hair Salon

Jan Swanson

Sweet Peaks

Taco Del Sol

John and Sue Talbot

Tamarack Brewing Co.

Greg Tollefson

UM Golf Course

Sandy Volkmann

Wozniak, Freeman, Jenson Group

Michael and Gloria Wegener

Westside Lanes

Harry Wilson

Whitefish Mountain Resort

Yoga Fitness Center

George Ybarra




Tom Catmull

Earth Within Flowers

Mayor John Engen

Hailey Faust

Deb Jones

Partners Creative

Vintage 44



Maggie and Frank Allen

Jennifer and Sean Benton

Austin Chapin

Bobbi Chenoweth

Cheska Dietsch

Kelly Fehn

Althea Gyde

Erik Larson

Jennifer Murphy

Phonepasith Sotitham

Becky Stensrud

Vu Thi Phuong Thao


Banquet Committee:

Maggie Allen

Jennifer Benton

Beth Cogswell

Jim Cusker

Mae Nan Ellingson

Patience Grant

Kathy McAllister

Jennifer Murphy

Whitney Schwab

Kristin Tessman

Jim Valeo

Lena Viall

Pam Volkmann


This event requires the generous support of a great many donors, volunteers, businesses, and individuals. If we omitted anyone’s name, our humble apologies and sincere thanks.

Top photo by Tom Robertson


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