Thanks to a group of generous and very talented local artists, 17 artworks—all inspired by rocks, trees, trails, and vistas they observed at Mount Grant Preserve—are now up for auction. All proceeds from the auction will go to the Campaign for the Preserve and will be matched 100 percent.
Thanks so much to the participating artists, who all donated their works to the cause!
Our auction software is new, and we’re still working out some kinks with the signup and login process. If you persevere, however, you will eventually experience the thrill of making your first bid!
The auction will close at 11:59pm on Labor Day (Monday, September 5, 2016). Successful bidders can claim their art at the San Juan Preservation Trust’s office at 468 Argyle Ave, suite B, in Friday Harbor. At that time, payment can be made by check or credit card. (Bid amounts in excess of the artist-assigned tax value of each work may be tax-deductible as a charitable contribution.)
So bid early, bid often, and help us reach the top in the Campaign for Mount Grant Preserve.
The big picture: A $4.2 million capital campaign has been in progress since March 2015 to make Mount Grant Preserve a reality. This total includes acquisition of the property; restoration of disturbed plant, wildflower, and animal habitat; trail building; signage and other visitor amenities; maintenance of the existing road so visitors may drive to the summit; and long-term stewardship of the preserve.
Where we are now: As of the beginning of our campaign “reboot” this summer, $3.2 million had been raised, thanks to more than 700 private donors and a $1.5 million commitment from the San Juan County Land Bank. That left us about $1 million short of our goal.
Several generous island families have pooled $500,000 in matching funds as a challenge to the community. This means that each dollar contributed until we reach the campaign goal will be matched fully! (See the list of supporters, so far.)
Tallying all gifts made to date, we are now $490,000 $450,000 $415,000 $382,000 from our goal.
On San Juan Island, Sundays at the Summit on Mount Grant have been very popular. Many islanders and visitors are taking advantage of the opportunity to drive to the top. This past Sunday, a group of children from Island Community Church were escorted up to take a look around. Eileen Drath, our volunteer “docent” on duty when they arrived, reported: “One little girl came up to the table with her counselor to hold out a one dollar bill. She wanted to give it to me for Mount Grant. I was touched.”
And the clock keeps ticking on our $500,000 challenge grant for the Mount Grant campaign, with a deadline of September 1. At this writing, we’re about $25,000 away from our goal! Well, $24,999, because of Sunday’s little visitor!
If you’d like to help us meet our September 1 deadline, here are a few simple ways you can do so: