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Wheeee! 

The Ball is in 48 hours!  The ranch is buzzing with preparations and we are So Excited to see so many sweet friends. 

We still have room for you!  You can RSVP Here!

The forecast looks excellent. The Event Schedule is packed with fun. It's going to be such a celebration!

If you can't make it here in person, you can still be part of the fun from afar!  Here's how:
  1. Send a single word of blessing for the new Yummy Tummy Cafe, and we'll speak it into the circle during our Ribbon-Tying Ceremony
  2. Buy a raffle ticket for the Ekone Birthday Party, for a chance to let us throw you a custom birthday party (not for kids only)!
  3. Place a remote bid on one of the rad items below by emailing shonie@ekone.org before 10am on Saturday!
  4. Make a donation to help bring the Saddle Up! finish bell a bit closer to reach.  Wouldn't it be something if we rang the bell on Saturday!!
  5. Mark your calendar for September 23, 2023; the Ball is always on the last full weekend of September.
Okay, back to party preparations...see many of you very soon.  😊
Here's a preview of our 17 awesome auction items,
plus one most wonderful raffle item! 
Get ready for some friendly, ferocious, generous competition!
 
Remote bids are welcome! 
Just reply to this email, or email or call Shonie, shonie@ekone.org, 509-250-1034, with your max bid. Then we'll assign a proxy bidder to your case, who will bid fiercely on your behalf!
BIRTHDAY PARTY RAFFLE
This year we're offering raffle tickets for this fave item,
so more people have a chance to win! $50/ea
Ekone birthdays are the best! Bring up to 12 of your besties for an overnight stay in the Bunkhouse and some fun ranchy times. We'll customize a birthday party for any age, depending on the group! A pack of 12 kids gets pony rides, rope swings, and spaghetti feed. For a party of 4 adults, maybe it's a trail ride, salmon dinner, and wine around a campfire. A solo birthday could include a deep-dive into horse communication and bodywork, and a solo overnight on the canyon rim. What's YOUR dream birthday?

Scheduling subject to Ekone's program calendar, and may run concurrently with a compatible event. Please redeem within one year! Horse activities TBD depending on participants' interests and experience, and safety considerations at the discretion of our wranglers.

Offered by the Ekone staff
Buy Raffle Tickets Here!
AUCTION ITEMS
Yummy Tummy Treat Basket
Bursting with goodness from Ekone's gardens, kitchens, and fields! Includes Ekone's famous garlic, Liz's signature Sassy Sauce, a dozen eggs, one frozen free-range chicken, winter squash, smoked salmon caught by Native friends, smoked & canned by Chris, peach jam, zucchini relish, chinese plum sauce, sauerkraut, frozen pesto, and 1 lb each bacon and pork chops. Nourishment for the long winter!

Offered by Liz, Chris, the volunteer crew, the Lolley Family, and the Ekone garden
Bid Now!
Ekone Retreat for Four
A perfect family getaway or escape with friends! Includes an overnight stay in the Bunkhouse, a fabulous dinner (we're thinking locally-caught salmon, lightly smoked by Chris? Or Liz's signature pulled pork? Or those world-famous veggie burgers, on Wrangler Rolls?? Let's talk!), breakfast, lunch, and a horse experience of your choice. The magic of join-up, a horse reflection session, equine bodywork and TLC, tea time with the herd, a centered riding lesson, or a trail ride out on the land~ we'll make a plan together with your group.

Scheduling subject to Ekone's program calendar, and may run concurrently with a compatible event. Please redeem within one year! Horse activities TBD depending on participants' interests and experience, and safety considerations at the discretion of our wranglers. A one-night stay for up to 4 people, with three meals included.

Offered by the Ekone staff
Bid Now!
Mama Little Foot & Baby Zephyr, Custom Models
Here's your chance to have an Ekone pony on your shelf! This is a one-of-a-kind collector's item, hand-painted by Ekone camper, youth volunteer, and future staff member Harriet, on a quality Breyer Horse model from Caitlin's own childhood collection, featuring our gorgeous paint mama Little Foot, with baby Zephyr alongside her!

Created by Harriet Fitch
Bid Now!
Pacific City Beach House
Run away to the beach in Pacific City, and stay in this gorgeous brand-new home with 6 of your friends for 3 nights! It's just a short walk to the beach, pub, restaurants, and Cape Kiwanda. 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, sleeps 7, BBQ, wifi, espresso maker, gas fireplace, bikes, beach toys, garage, and personally tested by Liz!

No pets, redeem by June 2023.  See full listing here.

Offered by Alan Coppola & Cindy Bernert-Coppola
Bid Now!
Tending the Ekone Herd with Jenna
An Ekone getaway for those most deeply in love with the horse. We’ll spend a one- or two-night stay with up to four guests in service to Ekone’s horses. Activities may include (depending on the interests and inspiration of guests and the needs of the horses): Horse bodywork ~ Tea time (non-demanding time) ~ Relaxation & Conditioning work (to help the horses feel better in their bodies) ~ Blowing softly into their noses ;) ~ Hand grazing ~ Trail walks ~ Feeding ~ Telling them how wonderful they are <3

Scheduling subject to Ekone's program calendar, and may run concurrently with a compatible event. Please redeem within one year.

Offered by Jenna Milton & the Ekone Ponies
Bid Now!
Seven Nights in Whitefish
Seven nights at a beautiful ski-in ski-out 8-person condo on the edge of Glacier National Park, gorgeous and restorative in any season! Hit the slopes in winter, explore Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake in the summer, and enjoy the rooftop hot tub and all the amenities that this fully-equipped condo offers in any season.

For any non-holiday dates, within 1 year please.  More condo pictures can be found here; booking will be coordinated directly with Cynthia Lindsay.

Offered by the Lindsay Family
Bid Now!
Secrets of the Yummy Tummy Cafe
Be one of the first cooks in the NEW Yummy Tummy Cafe! Learn the fine art of creating a perfect Wrangler Roll, and/or Ekone granola, pasta-from-scratch, those famous veggie burgers, canning zucchini relish, smoking bacon, making a birthday cake shaped like a rattlesnake, or how to scramble eggs for 50 without burning them. We'll pick a few of your favorite Ekone delicacies and teach you all the secrets. Plus hang out in the kitchen all day with Chris and/or Liz! How fun! (And of course you get to take some of your creations home!)

For one or two people, for one or two nights. Scheduling subject to Ekone's program calendar, and may run concurrently with a compatible event. Please redeem within one year!

Offered by Chris Woodcock & Liz Coppola
Bid Now!
Glacier Cabin with Mt. Baker Guides
Three nights at a family cabin in Glacier, WA, east of Bellingham, the perfect base for skiing or hiking at gorgeus Mt. Baker! Sleeps 8 (2 queens, 4 singles in loft), 1 & 3/4 bath, hot tub, gas fireplace, fully equipped kitchen. Optional bonus! Gary & Sarah can be on-slope ski area guides for a day, for a locals experience of Mt. Baker!

Mutually agreed dates to be determined, not available Dec 17-Jan 8, no pets.

Offered by Sarah & Gary Hess
Bid Now!
Custom Ekone Pine Furniture
Here’s some real Ekone Magic for your home; a custom furniture piece built from Ekone’s blue-stained Ponderosa Pine, milled on site and crafted into an end table, coffee table, bookcase, or linen chest by Ekone’s talented facilities manager, Shawn. The wood was lovingly hand-harvested from Ekone land as part of our fuels-reduction work, using extremely low-impact forestry techniques. Shawn will build your custom piece by hand in the Ekone shop and seal the wood with several applications of a non-toxic natural oil wood finish.

Offered by Shawn Bergman
Bid Now!
Wilderness First Responder hybrid course, two spots!
If you work or play in the outdoors, our Wilderness First Responder course is for you! This hybrid WFR certification course is a time-efficient way to get this valuable certification, with 3 weeks of online classes followed by 5 days of in-person training in Parkdale, OR. Offered in partnership with NOLS (industry leader in wilderness medicine) and Pacific Wilds, with Renee Jenkinson, one of the best educators we've ever met!

Upcoming dates (for the in-person portion) include November 7-11, February 13-17, and April 10-14. Check out the course description!

Offered by Pacific Wilds
Bid Now!
Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies
This is an iconic image of the wild horse monument near Vantage, WA--a dozen larger-than-life steel horses galloping on the edge of a bluff overlooking the Columbia River. That sculpture and this art print were created by longtime Ekone friend David Govedare, who also did the entryway to White Eagle and many other metal art pieces at the ranch. This limited-edition archival 20" x 36" print is custom framed in blue-stained pine by Ekone resident Bob Jeffers.

Can be shipped anywhere in the US.

Offered by David Govedare and Bob Jeffers
Bid Now!
M31 Andromeda by Max Goldstein
Star Party
Join award-winning educator Joe Minato for a new view of the night sky! This three-hour party is for 15 people at a location of your choice within an hour drive of Portland. Joe will give a naked-eye tour of the sky highlighting planets, bright stars, and constellations, and then use telescopes to look at planets, stars, and deep sky objects such as clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. He'll delve deeper on a theme of your choice; perhaps mythological stories about constellations from a variety of cultures; how to use a telescope; finding deep sky objects; or Galileo’s six great discoveries of 1610. And then next time you see the stunning Ekone night sky, it will be even more beautiful with this knowledge. 

Learn more here!

Offered by Joe Minato
Bid Now!
Chiwawa River Cabin
Enjoy a lovely 5 night stay at a family house right on the Chiwawa river (about 5 minutes from Plain, WA), near great four-season recreational options (about 35 mins from Stevens Pass) and just down the road (about 25 mins) from Leavenworth. The house has 2 bedrooms (1 king, 1 queen) and a large loft (3 double beds), and easily sleeps 7-8 people. Watch the river from the deck or living room, soak in the hot tub, and explore miles of forest service roads right near your door. Dog friendly!

Offered by the Hart/Baird Family
Bid Now!
"Mountain Summer" Stained Glass Mosaic
Bring the mountains home with this gorgeous pieces created by Raina Wickham using glass and semi precious stones, framed with reclaimed fir. Raina says: "Mosaic artwork has become a form of meditation for me. All of the glass is hand cut and no two mosaics are the same. This piece was inspired by a hike my husband and I took into the Three Sisters Wilderness."

Size: 30.25 inches by 30.75 inches. Delivery offered within Oregon & Washington; sorry, we can't ship this item!

Created by Raina Wickham
Bid Now!
Ancient Mariner Smoked Salmon
Four half-pint jars of the best smoked salmon anywhere, ever, smoked by Ekone's head chef Chris, using her father's tried & true recipe and salmon caught in the Columbia by local Native fishermen.

We'll ship this if necessary, but if we can arrange delivery we will!

Offered by Chris Woodcock, with credit to fishers Chad & Tilley Looney, and always to grandpa Lorin Woodcock
Bid Now!
Barbed Wire Ball
Your very own piece of Ekone, a great conversation starter and a statement of conservation and earthcare. Garden art! Porch ornament! Gatepost topper! Anti-burglar device! Collector's item!

Can be delivered within Oregon or Washington, at our convenience. This item is unshippable!

Offered by wire-wrangler Liz Coppola, and all the Conservation Fund supporters who made this habitat restoration possible
Bid Now!
Woohoo!  Let the games begin! 
And may the land and the good work of Ekone Ranch benefit mightily. 
THANK YOU. 


Want to help us whittle down the $88,000 Saddle Up! funding gap? 
We'd sure love to ring the finish bell at the Ball! 
Donate
That's it for today, friends.

With anticipation and gratitude,
from the whole Ekone crew.
We really truly can't wait to see you. 
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509-773-4536 ~ sacredearth@ekone.org


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