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4th Annual
Clair Tappaan Lodge Fundraiser

Moonlit Nights at Clair Tappaan Lodge


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NASA Moon Page

Moon Fact Sheet

Successful Fourth Annual Clair Tappaan Fundraiser

Olivia Diaz and Ernie Malamud

(from a submission to the September-October issues of the UPLIFT, the newsletter of the Sierra Nevada Group)

Over 60 supporters of the Sierra Club at Donner summit gathered for the 4th Annual CTL fundraiser. People came from many California cities and towns as well as several people from other states.  The August 15-17 dates were chosen to enjoy the full moon. Lodge General Manager Peter Lehmkuhl led enthusiastic hikers on moonlight hikes on the Pacific Crest Trail on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Members of the the Sierra Nevada (SNG), Napa and Yolano groups played important roles in organizing and running the event: donated auction items, ran the auction, decorated the lodge with flowers, tablecloths and other festive touches, organized and led hikes. Sherryl Tomboulian and Mountain Fire provided music.

CTL Committee Chairs Olivia Diaz and Diane Boyer (Napa Group) reported on the state of the lodge. We significantly exceeded our fundraising goal of $20,000 from donations, participants and the auction and raffle. By the end of September there will have been over 10,000 visitors (not counting revenues from Hutchinson Lodge and the back country huts) which, with the boost from the fundraiser, will enable us to meet the 3rd Quarter September 30 deadline to break even. At this point it looks as if we may have a small surplus at the end of 2008 3rd quarter.

It is still of utmost importance that all of you who love our two historic lodges, Clair Tappaan and Hutchinson and the surrounding forests use the lodge, introduce it to your family and friends, and suggest to local groups - scouts, churches, schools, what an ideal location it is for their events.

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SNG Chair, GB Tucker, confers with Leslie Kerns, Silent Auction organizer during the silent auction and wine and cheese reception in the Clair Tappaan Lodge meadow CTL General Manager, Peter Lehmkuhl serving wine during the wine and cheese reception and silent auction in the CTL meadow
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Local (Grass Valley) family practice physician Sherryl Tomboulian provides a wonderful atmosphere with her guitar during the silent auction in the Clair Tappaan Lodge meadow Saturday morning: theme hikes are organized in the Lodge “meadow” before setting off for the day.


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Movies (Popcorn!)

movie/lecture by Alexei Filippenko (UC Berkeley)

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David Brower's Fight for Wild America
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3 pm Sign-in begins
6 pm
after dinner
Mixer Outside, raffle begins
S'mores and brandy
8:30 pm
Movies in the Dining Room
Full Moon Hike


Lunch preparations
Fix your own sack lunch
8 am Breakfast
9 am Hikes Begin


3 to 5 pm
Wine & Chees Reception and Silent Auction
6 pm
Wild Fish Dinner
after dinner
7 pm
Dining Room
Report on State of the Lodge
7:15 pm Living Room - Mountain Fire
(live music)
Dining Room
Presentation on the Moon
Another Full Moon Hike
(if there is sufficient interest)
Moon gazing outdoors


8 am Breakfast Fundraiser Finale and Raffle
9 am Hikes Begin

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Cost for the entire weekend including food and lodging Friday and Saturday nights $150 ($70 for children 4-13.)

Saturday-Sunday (with one night stay): $100

If you choose to come only for the Saturday events cost is $100 (children $30.)

And for only the Sunday events the cost is $25 (children $10.)

Please contact Peter Lemkuhl, CTL Manager, to make your reservation and choose the events you want to participate in (for head counts for the leaders.)

Phone Peter at 530-426-3632 or 800-679-6775 or email:

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OD/EM rev.  August 18, 2008