An important time in the development of Juneau's trail system will be celebrated Saturday.
Trail Mix, which coordinates local trail repair and construction efforts, celebrates its 10th anniversary as a nonprofit organization with a dinner and auction at the Mount Roberts Tramway's Timberline Restaurant.
The event, which runs from 5 to 10 p.m., will honor some of Trail Mix's early activists, said Odin Brudie, chairman of the group's fund-raising committee.
"Some of the earlier board members will be a highlight," Brudie said. "That includes Bill Chisham, Nita Nettleton and Betty Seguin. We want to honor as many as we can."
Tickets are $25 for Trail Mix members, $35 for nonmembers and $15 for children 16 and under. Dinner is included, as is a tram pass. Tickets are available at Hearthside Books and reservations can be made through the Trail Mix office, 790-6406.
"The tram ticket is good from 2 p.m. on so people can come up early and hike the trails," Brudie said.
Silent and live auctions are part of the event, as is live music. The tram is a cosponsor of the fund-raiser. Auction items will be posted on the Trail Mix Web site, www.juneautrails.org/.
This summer, Trail Mix has worked with volunteers and government agencies to work on Perseverance, Windfall Lake, Treadwell Ditch, Mount Roberts and other trails. Rain has slowed some work, but crews have been taking advantage of the recent good weather, Brudie said.
"We're hoping the improved sections of Perseverance will be open once we have a bridge in place," he said.
The dinner and auction raised about $7,000 last year. Trail Mix Executive Director James King said the event and memberships raise an important part of the group's budget, which was about $200,000 for the summer, when the lion's share of the money is spent.
Much of the funding comes from grants or government agencies and is for specific projects. Money from about 300 memberships and the dinner-auction fund-raiser is more flexible, allowing for research needed to get new grants and for emergency repairs.
"If someone calls in and says, 'This bridge is falling apart,' or, 'There's this real scary part of a trail,' it allows us to send a crew out," King said.
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