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By: Abby Nafziger, Board member

Due to some technical difficulties this post was delayed from its original publication date, but hopefully in the snowy days of early December, you can still enjoy this look back at our 25th Anniversary Celebration dinner.

While almost a month has gone by, I am still enjoying the memories of the great evening many of us got to share on October 22 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Wilderness Wind. Full of laughter, conversations and some fierce silent auction bidding, the evening included a buffet dinner by Bread & Chocolate, singing and great time for storytelling.

The program included Paula Northwood telling the story of the purchase of the original camp,stories from an early Creation Renewal canoe trip by Ed Kauffman, an interview between Marshall and Kathy Landis, executive director, and a glimpse into Wilderness Wind’s future by Steve Mullet, Board President. The winners of the Photo and Writing contest,  Renee Neufeld and Särah Rich, were announced. If you want either a chance to see a brief recap of the evening, check out the video below for a glimpse.

Wilderness Wind 25th Anniversary Dinner

As a new board member, helping to plan this event was a great chance for me to work with many of Wilderness Wind’s biggest supporters and enthusiasts, including the wonderful planning committee that consisted of Val Hershberger, Steve Shantz, Peter Paetkau, Marshall King and Arlene & Freeman Christner. Other super star volunteers include:

  • Michelle Horning – for planning and setting up decorations
  • Vikki Garber – for the wonderful copper candle holders
  • Penny Yarman – for amazing clean-up help
  • Mary Ruth Kamp – for putting together invitations and many other details
  • Michael Miller – for kitchen support
  • John Nafziger – for processing donations
  • Heidi Collins – for endless help with the silent auction
  • Craig & Kathy Miller – for judging the Photo Contest
  • And many others who donated items to the silent auction!

Thanks again to everyone who helped make this a fun event and also for all the support shown for the work of Wilderness Wind. During the evening Kathy shared snippets of people’s post Boundary Waters reflections and they all included the idea that going out into the wilderness changes people. Whether you are an urban youth from Chicago, or a more rural adult from Kansas, being in a place of silence and amidst the natural world can help shift the way you perceive both the world around you and your own situation and life. From high school youth group canoe trips and providing outfitting to more experienced groups, to retreats or even family reunions at the Lakeside camp and our partnership with Big City Mountaineers, Wilderness Wind finds many ways to nurture relationships to God and creation through wilderness living that promotes spirituality, cooperation and environmental sustainability. But without all of your kind support through taking canoe trips, donating time or money, cheering on or participating in Paddle-a-thon, none of Wilderness Wind’s work could happen, so thank you. I look forward to seeing all the ways Wilderness Wind keeps fulfilling its mission over the next 25 years!

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