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Jack London State Historic Park Gala

“Once upon a time” event set for Sept. 24
Jack London State  Historic Park Gala
Jack London State Historic Park’s annual gala, set for Sept. 24, will bring to life the park’s ancient redwood, known as the “GrandmotherTree.”Art by Marcelo Defreitas

“ Once upon a time in a not-so-distant forest lived an ancient redwood tree who silently presided over her forested sanctuary.” So begins the story to be told at Jack London State Historic Park’s 2022 Gala on Sept. 24.

The magical evening will bring to life the park’s beloved Grandmother Tree. She is estimated to be nearly 2,000 years old, and she’s filled with the wit and wisdom that comes from a lifetime of growing with the forest and overcoming nature’s challenges. On this night, she and her woodland family will face their greatest challenge yet.

Proceeds of the event support Jack London State Historic Park, which for the past 10 years has been operated and funded by Jack London Park Partners, one of the first nonprofit organizations to be entrusted with management of a state park on behalf of the people of California. California State Parks and Jack London Park Partners recently signed a new agreement to continue the partnership for the next 10 years.

“Jack London Park Partners’ annual gala is our most important fundraiser of the year, keeping the park accessible and thriving for all to enjoy,” said Matt Leffert, executive director.

The gala will begin in the Eucalyptus Grove, where colorful forest nymphs will welcome guests to the enchanted environment. Later, in the Winery Ruins, dinner by Elaine Bell Catering will be served.

The evening’s entertainment, with special musical arrangements by Emmy-award winner Rita Abrams, will celebrate the past, present, and future of what Jack London called his “Ranch of Good Intentions,” also known as “Beauty Ranch.”

The “Once Upon a Time” Gala is the creation of Gregangelo’s Velocity Entertainment, with handson direction by former Sonoma Alcalde Marcelo Defreitas.

For tickets and more information, visit https://jacklondonpark. com/events/ jack-london-gala-2022. For sponsorship opportunities, visit product/2022-gala-sponsorships.