Your purchase is our promise — Glacier National Park preservation. Proceeds from the auction will help fund everything from historic preservation and research to youth education and wildlife studies programs that protect our Park for today’s travelers and generations to come.

Live Auction items will be announced soon. If you would like to donate an auction item please contact Linda, 406-892-3250 or


Our auctioneer for the 2018 Live Auction will be Karen Sorbo. As one of the Premier Benefit Auctioneers, Karen Sorbo’s dedication to her profession, its purpose, and results, has impacted organizations in the United States, Mexico, and Hong Kong. Since graduating from the World Wide College of Auctioneering in 1993, She has orchestrated and conducted over 2600 auctions, raising over 700 million dollars for deserving organizations.

Karen is a long-standing member of the National Association of Auctioneers (NAA), conducting numerous educational seminars during the tenure of her membership.


Glacier Conservancy Board Members' Wine Package
- A bottle of wine from each board member with their Glacier story.
Value: $3,000

Day in the Field with Grizzly Bear Biologist Tim Manley
- Excursion for up to two people volunteering with Tim for a day to assist in grizzly bear research.
Value: $4,000

2018 MLB All Star Baseball in Washington DC
- Two tickets for the MLB All Star Game in July 2018 at Nationals Park, Washington DC, including the Futures Game, Celebrity Softball and Home Run Derby.
- Three nights at a four-star hotel in downtown DC
- $1,000 in American Express gift cards
Value: $4,000

Two Delta Coach Tickets to Anywhere in the World
- Travel must be completed within 331 days of booking date; must be redeemed by date listed on certificate; tickets are round-trip to a single destination and are not upgradable by cash or miles
- Five nights in the Manhattan Club, New York City, based upon availability
Value: $13,200

Green Valley Ranch Package
- Three nights for up to 16 guests in the main lodge; Valid Jan 20 - April 30, 2018
- Star party for up to 20 guests, hosted by the Big Sky Astronomy Club
- Meade EclipseView 114 Reflecting Telescope
- John Ashley Night Skies book and canvas-wrapped Night Skies photos
Value: $5,300

NFL FOX Show with Howie Long
- Round-trip airfare for two to Los Angeles; minimum 30 day advance notice required
- Two nights at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel
- Two passes to the NFL on FOX pre-game show, must be 15 years or older; expires Jan 2018
Value: $10,000

Lewis and Clark Tour with Larry & Callie Epstein
- A walk back in time for up to 10 people along a portion of the trail Lewis and Clark traveled in Montana accompanied by ntaionally recognized historian, Larry Epstein.
Value: $4,000

Ruby River Fly Fishing Trip
- Two nights of lodging on the Woodson Ranch
- One and a half days of fishing for four guests on private streams
- Personally guided by GNPC Executive Director Doug Mitchell
Value: $5,000

"Rising Star" Quilt
- A king size quilt with colorful constellations
Value: $2,000


Aer Designs
Adobe Restaurant
Angie's Greenhouse
Arizona Biltmore Golf Course
Astronomy Magazine
Backslope Brewing
BAD Bags
Chris Baskin
Bed, Bath & Beyond
Beer Cap Maps
Benna Designs
Best Made Co.
Beth Repke
Big Sky Astronomy Club
Big Sky Journal
Black Strap
Blue Ribbon Reps
Bonnie & Bick Smith
Boreas Design
Butler Motorcycle Maps
Carl Berry
Carlburg Pottery
Cathy & Mo Stein
Center For Native Plants
Cheryl Wolff
Chuck Haney
Cloudline Apparel
Columbia Sportswear
Darn Tough Vermont
David Chandler Co.
Deb Kramer
Devonshire Gardens
Diane Boyd
Diane Morgan Cooks LLC
Eddie Bauer
EZ AiR Academy
Far Country Press
Far West Boat Tours
Flathead Fish & Seafood Co.
Fred & Shelby Thompson
Genesis Kitchen
Glacier Distilling Company
Glacier Guides and MT Raft Co.
Glacier K9 Resort and Spa
Glacier Park Boat Co.
Glacier Raft Co.
Glacier Ridge Ranch
Glacier Symphony
GNPC Board of Directors
Great Northern Brewing Co.
Great Northern Resort
Green Valley Ranch
Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop
HA Brewing
Hama Hama Oysters
Hammer Nutrition
Heritage Forge
Hestra USA
Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
Horse and Rider Emporium
Howie & Diane Long
Izaak Walton Inn
Jake Bramante
Janice McCaffery
Jerry & Rhona Meislik
Jesine Munson
Jim Clayborn
Joe Thompson The Woodcarver
John Ashley Fine Art
Jim Yeager
Kandahar Lodge
Kenneth Yarus Fine Art
Kent & Shannon Rollins
Kevin Jacks
Kimberly Simpson
KM Montana Grassfed Beef
KTF Design
Kwik Tek Inc.
Larry and Callie Epstein
Laughing Horse Lodge
Lee Jester
Leslie Breaux
Linda Clark Interior Design
Linda Hendrickson
Shelle Lindholm
Liquid Hardware
Lisa Middleton
Lookout Pass Ski and Rec Area
Made of Mountains
Marylou Patterson
Medilift Spa
Millie Tarter
Montana Ace Hardware
Montana Coffee Traders
Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Montana Farmacy
Montana Rockworks
Moondance Artwork
Morten Solberg

New Braunfels Smokehouse
Nicholas Parker Traun Foto
Nolan Arenado
Northern Lites
Notorious Pig
Novel West Woodburnings
Old Hickory
Osprey Pack Inc.
Patagonia Outlet
Patrick Dougherty
Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
Rattlesnake Crossing Tee Pees
Raw Restorations
Red Ants Pants
Red River Ranch Chuck Wagon
Residence Inn West Palm Beach
Riecke Bayside Gallery
Ripperball Sports
River Bend Metal Works
River House Mt
Rob Akey
Rob Decker
Robin Gardner
RockFish Climbing Gym
Rocky Mountain Outfitters
Ruby Habitat Foundation
Sail Montana
San Francisco Hat Co.
Sarah & John Graves
Six Finger Studio
Snow Peak
Sportsman and Ski Haus
Spring Brook Ranch
Stumptown Art Studio
Super 1 Whitefish
Taste Buds Kitchen
Terri Hulse
Teton Sports
The Coin Laundry
The Good Stuff Botanicals
The Joseph Fly Shop
The Phoenician
The Spiral Spoon
The Wave
Theresa Gong Porcelain
Therm-a-Rest Cascade Designs
Three Bad Seeds
Tim Manley
Tipsy Brush Studio
Tom & Louise Bannigan Family
Topo Designs
Tyler Nordgren
Ugone and Thomas
Urban Barrels
Urban Pastures Art
Valerie McIntyre Photography
Yellow Leaf Hammocks
Western Building Center, Columbia Falls
Whitefish Theatre Co.

Check out what guests are saying about the Backpacker’s Ball:
One of the things on my bucket list was the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. It had been on my list for years, but I decided I would never do it because every time I mentioned it to someone, I would get the wrinkled nose/you want to do what? response. About the time I was ready to take it off my list, I attended the 2015 Backpackers Ball.

I love charity auctions. I always find things I would never have thought of doing and places I’ve dreamed of going, so I bid to try new experiences. When I saw “Two tickets to the 2016 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering” on the auction table, I was very excited. I bid until I won them, and I went to Elko, Nevada in January.

Attending the Gathering involves three days of listening to poetry  and music for at least ten hours each day. It’s a total immersion in those art forms. You laugh and cry and muse and cheer. It’s stimulating and comforting to be in the presence of these ranchers and cowboys who write about the everyday lives they love. They write and sing about the funny things their spouses do while going about their ranch work. About the pain of having to sell your cows because of the drought. About wearing extra bright red lipstick because you are the only woman riding broncos.

At least a third of the poetry and songs were about Montana. Over half the people who asked me where I live responded, “Oh, I’ve been to Whitefish.” So I felt very ‘at home.’ Thank goodness I live in Montana because sheep were involved in the punch line of many jokes, and the closest I’ve been to being a rancher involved sheep.

It was so much fun! Nice that the Ball not only raised a lot of money for our park, also nice that it nudged me into an experience I was almost ready to erase from my list. Thank you!

Ginnie Cronk