Our signature event is called A Western Affair – an annual gala that our supporters have come to know and love. The event attracts 300-400 guests and typically as soon as it’s over, people are asking when and where the next one will be. Demographically, our guests are in the agriculture industry including ranchers, farmers, Western and equestrian enthusiasts, government offi cials, corporate leaders, the environmentally concerned, and the general public. All of our guests love our beautiful California landscapes and vistas and want to protect them for future generations. This year the event will be held at the Wood Ranch in Orland, California on April 30, 2016. Come enjoy a ranch style rodeo, gourmet BBQ, live and silent auctions, awards presentation, dancing, and live music by Chad Bushnell.
Saturday May 21, 2016.
Gather: (n) a round- up of friends whose collective passion, ideas and commitment are making a legendary difference in land conservation.
The El Peco Ranch in Madera, California has a long and vibrant history. Five generations of the Pope family farmed and ran livestock on the ranch since 1868. In the 1950's, 1960's, and 1970's, Patsy and George Pope built a thoroughbred racing empire that produced 27 stakes winners. Under the El Peco colors, Decidedly won the 1962 Kentucky Derby. Other winners include Hill Rise who won the 1964 Santa Anita Stakes and J. O. Tobin who defeated Seattle Slew in the Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park in 1977. While a large portion of the ranch sold in 1990, orchards of almonds, prunes, and pomegranates thrive on the remaining section. Join us on a tour of the ranch and main house, designed by notable architect William Wurster, the afternoon of May 21. Conclude the evening with dinner, a live and silent auction, and dancing.