10-Year Anniversary Celebration Tomorrow, November 2

Please join us for a reception, auction, fundraiser and grand old time! John Laird, Michael Funk and Patty Brissenden will head the program as we celebrate 10 years of success in bringing new investment to the Sierra Nevada. The evening includes a live auction, featuring the services of our Board and staff members.

Click here for an invitation and 10 reasons why you should attend!

Even if you can’t come celebrate with us, we hope you will still contribute to our fundraiser. Click here to donate securely online and let us know how much you value our 10 years of work for the Sierra.

For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, contact Emily Rivenes.  Read on for auction items and more.




Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The Citizen Hotel
Sacramento, CA


Appetizers and Sierra Wine


Program featuring CA Resources Secretary John Laird, Michael Funk, Patty Brissenden, and other Sierra conservation leaders


Live Auction








Event Sponsors

Sierra Crest:

Michael Funk

Boulders & Meadows:

John and Patty Brissenden
Sorensen’s Resort

Pine & Oak Woodlands:

Alison Harvey & David Loera
Don & Madeleine Simborg

Fins, Fur & Feathers:

Jan Chatten-Brown
Warren & Ingrid Knox
Land Trust of Santa Cruz County
Izzy Martin & Dr. Greg Taylor
South Yuba River Citizens League

Community & Nonprofit Partners:

California Sportfishing Protection Alliance
Community Conservation Solutions
CSU Chico Alumni Association
Friends of Hope Valley
Planning and Conservation League
Sierra Nevada Alliance
Trust for Public Land

Live Auction Items

One Night Stay and Dinner with the Brissendens at Sorensen’s Resort
Sorensen’s Resort is famous for many things, including spectacular food and wine, beautiful cozy cabins, breathtaking views of the lovely Hope Valley… and of course, the innkeepers John and Patty Brissenden.  Patty and John are offering a one night stay (mid-week/non-holiday plus dinner with the two of them at the Café.

Swim with the Fishes: Guided Tour of a Local River by Fish Whisperer Dr. Lisa Thompson
Lisa is a fish biologist with special expertise in Sierra trout and other native fishes – and she knows how to find their favorite places to hang out. She is offering a day tour of a local river of your choice to learn about aquatic habitats, and snorkel with the fish. A good way to enjoy a Sierra stream, see the fish from their point of view, learn to identify them underwater, and improve your fly fishing strategies.

Climb a Mountain with Esther Feldman
Esther is an avid hiker, climber and camper with great affection for and knowledge of the High Sierra.  She is offering to take you to one of her favorite places – a hike up either Mt. Conness (12,649’) or Mt. Dana (13,061’) above Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park – a hearty trek that should take between five and ten hours, depending on which mountain you choose, with inspiring views from the lofty peaks of the Clark and Sawtooth Ranges to Nevada’s Boundary Peak, and fascinating geology and botany along the way.

Best Beach for Kids at the Yuba River with John Regan
John knows all the great places to go on the Yuba River – and now that he has a three year old child he knows the BEST places to take kids for a day of fun and safe water play on the most beautiful river in the world.  He is offering a day at the River swimming, fishing or hiking at kid friendly places.

Boating the American with Alison Harvey
Alison Harvey and Dave Loera have been floating, boating and cannon balling the forks of the American River for decades, and they have a secret hideaway on the banks of the North Fork of the American near Weimar.  Join them for a family style float on the North Fork on the seldom run Class II section to the top of the Clementine Reservoir, complete with an overnight stay in a cabin on the river.  Vehicle shuttle and all meals are included.

Irish Music Session by TSF Staff and Friends
Several of The Sierra Fund staff members play a traditional form of music generally found in the pubs of Ireland, Scotland and other Celtic nations, where folks start playing music and don’t stop for hours.  Our music is informal but covers the spectrum from a tear in the eye, to toasting good company, to rousing dance tunes.  We play at least twice a week in various pubs in the Sierra.  We are offering to play and sing at your house party, wedding, event, hospital bedside, wake – you name it and we will come and play for a couple of hours.