Philanthropist Teresa Heinz, center, talks to other supporters at the annual Galena & The Trails Winter Benefit last Saturday, Jan. 26, in the Limelight Room of the Sun Valley Inn, the kick-off event of the Sun Valley Nordic Festival. The sell-out event brought together some 450 Nordic skiers, snowshoe enthusiasts, hikers and cyclists to celebrate the 25-year anniversary of saving Galena Lodge, north of Ketchum. The evening included champagne, a silent auction, dinner, a live auction and the Stand for Galena paddle raise, before ending with dancing to the sounds of the High Street Party Band. Heinz, a special guest, said, “I must confess, it does not seem a quarter-century ago that many of us joined together to save Galena Lodge and to preserve this wonderful historic refuge for future generations and that it will remain preserved 25 years from now, and 25 years after that.” Chairwoman Jenny Busdon, pictured to the right of Heinz, recalled how the Help Save Galena campaign was instigated in March 1994 to try to raise $325,000 in three months for the community to buy the lodge. She explained how Heinz and her three sons, John, Andre and Christopher, on behalf of the Heinz Family Foundation, committed $325,000 to purchase the lodge, with the understanding that the community raise an additional $200,000 for a healthy endowment. “The rest is history,” Busdon said, noting that Heinz has since coordinated additional gifts. Heinz received a standing ovation. More than $270,000 was raised through the event.
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