Held annually in Snowbasins Earls Lodge, the Utah Red Cross Autumn Gala is a fundraising effort that partners the gorgeous lodge and fall scenery with 10 local chefs of Northern Utah restaurants. The event attracts guests and businesses who wish to enjoy the local fare while also fundraising for the Utah Red Cross. The events main sponsor was the Standard Examiner, and was hosted by ABC4’s weekend anchor Kim Johnson. Heidi Ruster, CEO of the Utah Region of the American Red Cross says they hoped to raise between $10,000 – $15,000 from the ticket sales and auctions.
The American Red Cross Utah Region serves more than 2.8 million people across the nearly 85,000 square miles, statewide. The American Red Cross Utah Region has been proudly serving Utah for more than 100 years. Some of the figures provided to the guests put into perspective what the donations truly mean. $250 provides clothing for two people who are left with nothing but the clothes on their back. $500 provides the first months’ rent for a displaced family. $1,000 is enough to provide emergency assistance for up to five families who have been displaced by a fire.
Participating restaurants served signature dishes showcasing their talent. This is the fourth year Tona participated in this community event. Tona served up four plates of delicious food, including a Seaweed Salad, A Pork Belly Wrap, Tuna Corn, and Assorted Sushi. Guests visited multiple times to enjoy the delectable bites, and awed over the beautiful plates and delicious flavors. “I’ve never had such wonderful sushi in Utah!” One guest excitedly exclaimed, as she slipped back to her table, all four plates in hand.
Other participating restaurants included Bistro 258, Davis Hospital, Harley & Bucks, Jasoh, McKay-Dee Hospital, Roosters, Slackwater, Zucca Trattoria, and Snowbasin’s own chefs. There were two complimentary bars serving wine, locally brewed beers, and a signature cocktail created by Ogden’s Underground Distillery and Five Wives Vodka. The entertainment of the evening was provided by local band “Shades of Grey”, and the evening drew to a close with the live auction; including live auction items such as an all-expenses paid vacation to Naples, Florida, Use of a beach-house in Oregon for up to 8 guests, and a Royal toy Schnauzer puppy.
The only thing lovelier than the fall leaves and the gorgeous ambiance of Earls lodge at Snowbasin Resort was the spirit of giving. From the participating restaurants to the donors, and the fun and friendly competition between bidders, who opened their wallets and hearts, the evening was truly beautiful.