PARA Gala attendees dance to the music of the Tanagers outside the Patagonia Museum. Photo by Robert Gay

The Patagonia Museum was the site of a mostly outdoor benefit on Oct. 28 for the Patagonia Area Resource Alliance. The weather cooperated and a full moon rose over the hundred or so diners and dancers as they savored some great food provided by Mor-Q. The Tanagers got dancers moving and strings of light added magic to the tables and basketball court dance floor.

Sixty silent auction items included paintings, drawings, jewelry, antique tools, a 19th century bible, a tour of turquoise claims, a cowgirl purse, wines, and overnight cabin stays. 

Altogether the event raised roughly $10,000. PARA’s Carolyn Shafer, reflecting the next day, said, “There’s been great feedback from the community. People loved it.” 

She added that a few people suggested that maybe the partygoers had just been at “the first annual PARA masked gala.”