Trail Mix Inc.’s executive director, Ryan O’Shaughnessy, right, walks with Mike McKrill off Lemon Creek Trail on June 4, 2022 after taking part in the organization’s annual National Trails Day event. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

Trail Mix Inc.’s executive director, Ryan O’Shaughnessy, right, walks with Mike McKrill off Lemon Creek Trail on June 4, 2022 after taking part in the organization’s annual National Trails Day event. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

Trail Mix Inc. dinner & auction returns in-person

Tickets sold out but online bidding available

Trail Mix Inc. is gearing up for its annual fundraiser, and executive director Ryan O’Shaughnessy said he’s looking forward to being able to host the event back in person.

“We were online for the last two years, so this is our first year back since the pandemic,” O’Shaughnessy said. “We’ve been having the annual dinner and auction at least since 2012.”

Trail Mix Inc. Annual Dinner and Auction is 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Hall. The funds raised go directly toward supporting Trail Mix’s work on building and maintaining a safe, enjoyable trail system.

“Our dinner and auction is our biggest fundraiser of the year and this fundraiser directly supports Trail Mix Inc. and our ability to pursue our mission and keep our trails in great shape. This fundraiser is responsible for around 40% of our operating costs,” said O’Shaughnessy.

The auction features donations from local businesses, artists, bakers and a catered dinner from Breeze-In. O’Shaughnessy said there are a number of auction items he’s especially excited to be featuring this year.

“One of the auction items I’m probably most excited about is a one-night stay of the winner’s choice, they can pick the date at the Amalga CBJ Cabin,” O’Shaugnessy said. “We’re also excited to see a few of the trail signs over the last several years.”

Individual tickets and tables are sold out at this time but if you’d like to be added to a waitlist, you can email Trail Mix administrative coordinator Meghan Tabacek at meghan@trailmixinc.org. Additionally, people still have the option to bid on auction items from home through events.handbid.com/auctions/trail-mix-auction-2022 and bidding starts at 6 p.m. Thursday.

O’Shaughnessy said Trail Mix is looking forward to the upcoming year and has many popular trails within Juneau prioritized for continued maintenance.

“People can expect to see us continuing to work on the Perseverance Trail, we’ll definitely be doing quite a bit of work on the Outer Point Trail,” O’Shaugnessy said. “We submitted some grants for the Point Bridget Trail and undoubtedly we’ll be working on Montana Creek.”

• Contact reporter Jonson Kuhn at jonson.kuhn@juneauempire.com.

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