2021 Annual Dinner

Thank you to everyone who attended the Annual Dinner!

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Silent Auction & Raffle

Online auction

Bid online now on great items. Online auction will be open from

Sept. 1 at 1pm – Sept. 8 at 5pm.

After the online auction closes, leading bidder notifications will be sent to the highest bidders informing them bidding continues at the live event. If no more bids are made during the live auction, then the highest online auction bid wins.

Screenshot of some of the online auction items

New Venue

Como Lakeside Pavilion

The event will be held within the open-air pavilion on the back of the historic building. This venue is open on 3.5 sides and overlooks Como Lake. Please dress for the weather.

There is ample parking on site.

Como Lakeside Pavilion (google map)
1360 Lexington Pkwy N
Saint Paul, MN 55103

Exterior of grand white building with red roof
The pavilion overlooks Como Lake.
Inside a large, concrete pavilion
Inside the pavilion
Man looking at camera with his camera set up behind him

Keynote Speaker

Travis Novitsky: The night sky on display

A proud citizen of the Grand Portage Anishinabe Nation and manager of Grand Portage State Park, Travis Novitsky will share his spectacular nature photography.

Travis has found peace and beauty in the night sky, which lately has been his prime subject. “I have experienced many nights where the silence is deafening,” he says. “To hear that silence you need to push everything out of your mind and let yourself truly be in that moment.”

Reuel Harmon Award

Steve Thorne: A champion of parks and trails

Steve Thorne was a deputy commissioner for the DNR who persisted to create several parks and trails.

Award Hall of Fame
photo montage with wooden awards

Friends Group Partner Award

Friends of Lake Maria State Park

Gateway Brown's Creek Trail Association

This year, we recognize both 2020 and 2021 recipients, since we were unable to gather last year.

Partner Award Hall of Fame

Plated Dinner

Social Hour with open bar is followed by a plated dinner, which includes a Harvest Salad of local ingredients, scallion mashed potatoes and a choice of:

  • Spicy Soy Stir Fry (vegan):  Asian vegetable blend (water chestnuts, baby corn, mushrooms, spicy soy sauce, ginger sambal olek) over white Jasmine rice.
  • Grand Marnier Chicken:  Herb-crusted sautéed chicken in grand marnier butter sauce, with chef’s choice of vegetable.
  • Almond Pepper Roasted Salmon (Seafood Watch & gluten free): Lemongrass and ginger beurre blanc, with chef’s choice of vegetable.

Plus, regular and decaffeinated Colombian coffee.

2019 photo gallery

Woman holding bicycle bookends
Outgoing president Julie Gugin receives thank you gift
people socializing at annual dinner event
wooden carved ducks mounted on wood platform
Reuel Harmon Award
woman holding raffle tickets next to raffle jars
woman writing in bid sheet
Silent auction
man holding award
Reuel Harmon Award being given to Sen. Keith Langseth by Parks & Trails Council president and executive director
people socializing at annual dinner event

2018 photo gallery

Woman posing with stuffed bera
At the photo booth
Two women and a man posing for camera
Social hour
woman with fake mustache posing with stuffed bear
At the photo booth
Board member Anne Flueckiger bidding on the auction
Board member Anne Flueckiger bidding on the auction
Man and woman posing with a stuffed bear
At the photo booth
Group gathered around round tables
Seated dinner and program
Woman and man posing with stuffed bera
At the photo booth
Woman posing for camera
Social hour

Event Sponsors

Gitchi Gami Trail Association

logo with a tree, trail, and water
Logo - Quality Bicycle Products