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A Night at spectrUM

Have you ever wondered what your favorite constellation looks like through a telescope? Or maybe the kids are planning a high-tech, 3D-printed gift for the grandparents this year? Join spectrUM's resident maker and stargazer Nick Wethington for a private making and tinkering or stargazing session for your family.

  • Book your one-hour session to take place by Dec. 31, 2019

Value: $350     Donor: spectrUM Discovery Area


Flathead River Science Adventure

Explore the Middle Fork of the Flathead River in a party of 6 with a researcher from UM's Flathead Lake Biological Station. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the Flathead River as you learn about this unique ecosystem, complete with two FLBS souvenir t-shirts to remember your adventure.

  • Middle Fork River Rafting for a party of up to 6
  • Includes lunch
  • Trip accompanied by a FLBS researcher
  • Two FLBS t-shirts
  • Must be redeemed between June and September 2019

Value: $750     Donor: Flathead Lake Biological Station


Take Flight with Gary Matson

Get airborne with pilot Gary Matson for a 2-hour flight and personalized tour. This one-on-one experience will allow you to explore landmarks like the Mission mountains or the Seeley Swan valley, or even get a birds-eye-view of your favorite hikes in a Cessna 150 aircraft.

  • Flight limited to 1 person

Value: $300     Donor: Gary Matson


Lavish Retreat at the Triple Creek Ranch

Treat yourself and a guest to a luxurious stay-cation at the Triple Creek Ranch. World renowned for unparalleled comfort, breathtaking natural beauty, and exceptional personal service, the Triple Creek Ranch is nestled under Trapper Peak in the Bitterroot Valley. A member of the esteemed Relais & Chateaux, the Triple Creek Ranch offers world-class accommodations, gourmet meals, and an award-winning wine cellar to make your Bitterroot adventure truly unforgettable.

  • 2-nights' accommodation for 2 guests (16 or older) at Triple Creek Ranch
  • Includes dinner, breakfast, and lunch
  • Not valid: Mid-March to Mid-April, July 4th, and the week of Christmas through New Year's
  • Expires 5/31/2021

Value: $3,102    Donor: Triple Creek Ranch


Scotty's Table Dinner Party

Embark on a multi-course culinary adventure with Chef Scott Gill of Scotty's Table. Your party of 6 will enjoy a locally sourced and seasonally inspired menu complete with wine pairings and exceptional service.

  • Private 7-9 course dinner with wine pairings at Scotty's Table
  • Hosted by Chef Scott Gill
  • Allergies accommodated
  • Not available on Friday nights

Value: $3,000    Donor: Scott Gill of Scotty's Table


Adventure & Luxury at the Ranch at Rock Creek

Pamper yourself and a guest with a 2-night stay at the Ranch at Rock Creek, the world's first Forbes Travel Guide five-star guest ranch. Explore the Rock Creek valley with guided horseback riding, fly fishing, wildlife viewing, and much more. Enjoy locally sourced cuisine that celebrates Montana's seasonal bounty.

  • 2 night stay for 2 guests in the Granite Lodge or a Classic Canvas Cabin
  • World-class meals included on both days, including premium wine, beer, spirits, & assorted beverages and snacks
  • 2 guided activities per person per day included
  • Staff gratuities included
  • Blackout dates: Nov. 26-30, 2019; Dec. 21, 2019-Jan. 2, 2020 and published Seasonal Celebration weekends.
  • Expires 5/31/20
  • Dates based on availability
  • Reservations must be made within 60 days of arrival date
  • Certificate cannot be combined with other special offers, promotions, or donations

Value: $5,760    Donor: The Ranch at Rock Creek


Set Sail on Flathead Lake

Enjoy the beauty and wonder of Flathead Lake on this sailing expedition. Invite friends or bring the kids on this 4- to 6-hour outing for 4 people. Complete with a light lunch, guests also have the option to stop near Wild Horse Island to swim or hike. No sailing experience is required, but hands-on participation is encouraged on this safe and stable sailboat.

  • 4-to 6-hour outing for 4 guests
  • Light lunch
  • Option to stop near Wild Horse Island

Value: $750    Donor: Jeremy Keene and Heather Harp


Finley Point Cabin on Flathead Lake

Enjoy a 3-night cabin retreat on a private cove at the tip of Finley Point on Flathead Lake. Enjoy breathtaking views of Flathead Lake and 5 mountain ranges, including Glacier Park, with floor-to-ceiling windows, all while you relax in the comfort of 2 fireplaces, a steam sauna, and jetted tub. The property includes a marina and slip, as well as access to hiking, swimming, biking, and birding just outside your door.

  • 3 nights for up to 8 guests (3 bedrooms)
  • Available from 9/3/19-5/15/20
  • Auction winner is responsible for an additional, fully refundable $500 deposit

Value: $1250    Donor: Adam Rys-Sikora


Artisan Amish Bed

A queen size Amish hickory bed, this piece is sure to become a family heirloom. The design is modern country with touches of English cottage.

  • Crafted from solid Asian hardwood with a Java finish
  • Antique silver hardware and two storage drawers
  • This bed does not require a box spring

Value: $2,777    Donor: Jenni and Kurt Rohrbach


Thrive for 365

Reinvigorate your body and mind with a health package from Monkey Bar Gym, which takes a functional approach to fitness with fun, group-style natural training classes, Eischens yoga, and plant-based nutrition. Whether you're looking for a change in the next year, or want to thrive in your already-healthy lifestyle, enhance the way you take care of yourself and your planet with:

  • A one-year unlimited membership to Monkey Bar Gym membership
  • A small CSA share for summer 2019 from Harlequin Produce
  • 3 lbs of grass-fed local beef from Mountain Meat Shares
  • 50 lbs of winter storage vegetables from Crescent Ridge Farms in fall/winter 2019
  • A pair of tights from Athleta
  • A pair of running shoes up to $150 from the Runners Edge
  • A float package from Enlyten Labs

Value: $1955   Donors: Monkey Bar Gym, Harlequin Produce, Mountain Meat Shares, Crescent Ridge Farms, Athleta, the Runners Edge, Enlyten Labs.


Staycation at the Mercantile

Enjoy exclusive access to the very best of Missoula's past and present with this lavish stay-cation. Explore the newly renovated Mercantile as you sip on a cocktail and try your hand at crafting at the CREATE Art Bar. Have dinner at Missoula's new steak and seafood restaurant, 1889, and finish your evening with a relaxing stay in the presidential suite at the Mercantile.

This package includes:

  • 1-night stay for two guests in the presidential suite at the Mercantile
  • $200 gift card to the soon-to-open steak and seafood restaurant 1889
  • $100 gift card to CREATE Art Bar

Value: $800    Donor: Residence Inn by Marriott Missoula, 1889, CREATE Art Bar


Escape to Flathead Lake and Blacktail Mountain Ski Area

Enjoy a week on Flathead Lake at a 3-bedroom, 2-bath condo in Lakeside, Montana. Complete with an indoor Jacuzzi, gas fireplace, and incredible views of the iconic Flathead Lake, this cozy condo is just a stone's throw from skiing at Blacktail Mountain Ski Area.

  • Nov. 2019-Mar. 21, 2020, no blackout dates
  • 6-night stay
  • 3-bedroom, 2-bath condo
  • Indoor Jacuzzi tub
  • One king bed, one queen bed, and a bunk bed with a twin and full bed
  • 4 adult tickets to Blacktail Mountain Ski Area

Value: $918    Donors: Kim Mize-Humphrey & Reed Humphrey, Blacktail Mountain Ski Area


Evening at the Zoological Museum

Enjoy an evening of exploration at the Phillip L. Wright Zoological Museum. You and 9 guests will explore the collections of UM's natural history museum with curator, Dr. Angela Hornsby, for two hours.  Invite friends or bring the kids for a night of fun! Heavy hor d'oeuvres will be provided. Dates: fall 2019. All funds raised will support the Emily Graslie Curiosity Internship, a collaboration between spectrUM and the Zoological Museum.

Value: $700    Donor:The Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum and the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Montana



UM Griz Gameday

Show your spirit and cheer on the Griz with this deluxe game-day package. Complete with tickets to a 2019 Griz football home game, a parking pass, and a decked-out Grizzly swag bag, you'll be tailgating in style.

  • 2 tickets to a 2019 Griz football home game in Section 103 of the Washington-Grizzly Stadium
  • 1 parking space at a 2019 Griz football home game (excludes post-season games and Homecoming)
  • Deluxe basket including a Griz BBQ set, Griz decal, 2 seat cushions, insulated mug, fold-out chair and pompoms
  • Grizzly clock designed from a wine barrel by Timeless Etchings

Value: $540    Donors: UM Office of thePresident, UM Athletics, and UM Trademarks and Licensing

Thank you to our sponsors

ATG Cognizant
O.P. & W.E. Edwards Foundation
First Security Bank

Headwaters Foundation


Zilla State




Republic Services


Liz and Jim McDonald
Big Sky Physical Therapy
Carol Griffith Williams Award Fund
Crowley Fleck
Morrison Maierle
Stockman Bank

Twin Cranes Dental Group

Bitterroot Flower Shop
Triple Creek Ranch
Ranch at Rock Creek
Big Night, May 31, 5:30pm