What You Need to Know to Watch the Virtual Gala

Join us tonight for our 2020 Virtual Gala! We are truly excited to be hosting this event, with the goal of bringing some joy into your homes for the evening.
The Mountaineers The Mountaineers
July 23, 2020

Tonight we invite you to join The Mountaineers for our 2020 Virtual Gala! After several months of navigating the uncertainties of COVID we are pleased to be hosting this event with the goal of bringing joy into your homes for the evening. In return, we hope you’ll help us raise a few more funds to keep our doors open and our programs supported.

We have a lot in store - here’s what you need to know to optimize your experience:

The Auction

  • You can still bid in our online auction. We have over 50 packages available and the winners will all be determined this evening. Bid high and bid often!
  • All silent packages (look for the gray and green frames) will close at 7:10pm (PDT) tonight.
  • All live packages (gold frames) will be closed by our auctioneer during the livestream event. Keep in mind, there may be a lag between the video and the bidding so don’t wait until the last minute to place your bid.
  • We’ve incorporated a virtual photo booth into the event, so get online and take a snap in the theme of “All Dressed Up, Nowhere To Go.” By uploading a photo you will be entered into a random drawing for an Anthony’s Restaurants dinner for two (estimated valued at $50)!

The Mountaineers Virtual Gala will Livestream at 7pm

This can be viewed for free on YouTube Live. No tickets are required to participate in the auction or view the live program.

  • 6:30pm – Virtual Cocktail Reception and Pre-Event Show
  • 6:50pm – Pre-Event Teaser
  • 7:00pm – Opening Remarks
  • 7:10pm – Silent Auction Closes
  • 7:10pm - Live Auction, Raise the Paddle, Lifetime Achievement Award, and Keynote Address
  • Stay tuned until the very end for a very special announcement.

Watch on YouTube

Thank you to our supporters and volunteers who participated early and pledged their gifts. We are 87% of the way to our pre-COVID fundraising goal of $425,000. All funds raised will support our organization’s core programs and operations as we navigate the financial impacts of COVID-19. You can help us get all the way there by bidding in our online auction, sharing the auction with a friend, and making a raise the paddle gift. Thank you for all you do to support our incredible outdoor community. 

The event is going to be celebrity studded, with many surprise guests still up our sleeves. As you may have already heard, we’ve revealed three of our celebrities, including Jimmy Chin, Lynn Hill, and Tom Hornbein, and we're now excited to unveil Alex Honnold as another mystery celebrity! Alex astounded the world in 2017 when he completed Freerider for the first ever rope-free climb of El Capitan (as captured in the film Free Solo) and you can see him on screen tonight as he shares some candid advice for how to manage your gear collection.

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