The Mountaineers Gala

The Mountaineers Gala

The 2024 Gala will take place on Saturday, April 6. All fundraising proceeds benefit The Mountaineers mission and programs for the year.

Adventure with Purpose

saturday, April 6, 2024


5PM | VIP Reception
6PM | Doors open for general Admission
Cocktail Attire

with The Mountaineers Adventure with Purpose Award
Presented by Sally Jewell
Keynote Address by


Still want to participate? GREAT! Consider securing a virtual ticket or joining our in-person ticket waitlist.

Virtual Event
7PM | Livestream begins
7:30PM | Opening remarks

For those that cannot attend in person we invite you to participate virtually. Virtual ticketholders receive access to the online auction bidding as well as the main program's livestream. Secure your spot today!



1W2A6696_2048px_Web.jpgThe Annual Gala is our signature event of the year where we raise funds to support our ongoing Adventure with Purpose mission and programs. The evening includes:

  • Pre-Program Reception & Silent Auction: Before dinner guests have a chance to mix, mingle and bid on our high value silent auction items. Most items come from our generous supporters, outdoor brands and sponsors  and support you getting outside!
  • Gala Dinner: Enjoy a delicious dinner from Kaspars Catering  plus award-winning wine from Tinte Cellars, hand-crafted cocktails, and more.

  • Main Program: After dinner enjoy our main program that includes our  popular  Tyrolean Traverse, a friendly competition as you watch contestants traverse 60 meters out-and-back above the audience. This will be followed by our   inaugural awarding of the Adventure with Purpose Award and our Keynote Address
  • Live Auction & Raise the Paddle: Event evening ends with the live auction where guests can bid on amazing experiences, artwork, getaways, and awesome gear or help support our mission by throwing your hand up during our Raise the Paddle part of the program.

This year we’ve set an ambitious goal of raising $620,000 at this year's Gala! All funds raised through ticket sales, auction bids, and Raise the Paddle donations provide unrestricted funding to help make the magic of Mountaineers programs possible. 

I am ready to Raise my Paddle


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We are thrilled to announce that world renowned mountaineer, explorer, and author Reinhold Messner will be our 2024 Keynote Speaker. Coming all the way from Italy, Mr. Messner is excited to regale our Gala audience with tales of record-breaking achievements and explorations from, literally, the top of the world. The Mountaineers will also be presenting Rue Mapp with our inaugural Adventure with Purpose Award in honor of her career as founder and CEO of the national nonprofit Outdoor Afro, outdoor gear designer and founder of Outdoor Afro Inc., as well as her commitment to championing public lands across the U.S. This award will be presented by the former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell.

opportunities FOR GIVING

Here are some additional ways you can support The Mountaineers at the Annual Gala:

  • Raise Your Paddle: Prior to the event we welcome you to give an additional donation or pre-donate to the event by committing to your Raise the Paddle donation now. Just add your donation amount when securing a virtual ticket or donate via our Raise the Paddle site!

  • Donate an auction item: Would you consider donating something to this year’s live or silent auction? We are always on the lookout for unique experiences, vacation homes, and local goods and services! Contact Rose to coordinate your donation.
  • Volunteer: It takes a small army of volunteers to help us execute this mission critical event. Volunteers help us in the days leading up to the event with packing, sorting and loading and day of with set up, event execution slots at the Gala. Volunteering is a great way to support the event! Contact Rose with your availability on 4/4, 4/5 and 4/6!

I am ready to raise my paddle


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If you have any question or would like to purchase a table, sponsor the event or donate an auction item please contact Rose Steller Burke, our Gala director, at, or call 206-521-6020. 

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