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3rd Annual Golden Gala: Opening Doors to Nature

  • 08/18/2017
  • 5:30 PM
  • Las Puertas Event Center, 1512 1st Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102


  • For children aged 12 and younger. Includes entrance and a children's dinner.
  • Includes Entrance for 1, Dinner, and 2 Drink Tickets
  • Entrance for 2, Dinner for 2, and 4 Drink Tickets
  • Entrance for 1, Dinner, and 2 Drink Tickets for $5 off.

    In order to receive $5 off your ticket price, you must go to Facebook, post why you love Valle de Oro NWR and support the Friends of Valle de Oro NWR. In your post, tag @friendsofvalledeoro and use the hashtags #openingdoorstonature #goldengala.

    Remember, you must tag us and use the hashtags to get your discount. The discount code will be messaged to you on Facebook after you make your post.

Online registration for this event is now closed. If you have any questions, or would like to inquire about the availability of tickets, please contact Aryn LaBrake at or 505-750-3383. Thank you for your interest!
Registration is closed

Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge
3rd Annual Golden Gala
Opening Doors to Nature

Friday, August 18th, 2017 at 5:30 pm
Las Puertas Event Center
1512 1st St. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Dinner by Atrios Catering
Attire: Business Casual/Semi-Formal
Silent Auction, Live Music, and Entertainment

Looking for additional ways to support the Friends and the 3rd Annual Golden Gala?

Help us spread the word!

Click here to download a digital version of our event flyer that you can print or email to your friends and family: 
2017 Golden Gala Event Flyer

Become an Official Event Supporter!

Click here to download information on our supporter packages and advertising benefits:
2017 Golden Gala Supporter Packages

Volunteer at the Event!

Are you interested in donating your time to help with the Golden Gala event set-up, staffing registration/silent auction tables, or event clean-up on August 18th?  

Contact Aryn LaBrake at or 505-750-3383 to discuss volunteer opportunities.

Donate a Silent Auction Item!

The Friends are preparing for the 2017 Golden Gala, and we are seeking items for our auction and door prizes.  We bet you have something to donate, and this is a great and easy way to give a little extra to the Friends!

Are you an artist, hobbyist, or crafter?  
Think of holiday gift buyers!

Do you have a skill to share? Like to bake for others or take friends on nature hikes?
People love to purchase experiences!

Do you own or work at a retail establishment?
Gift cards or certificates are always great auction items!

Click here for more information and the 2017 Silent Auction Donation Form:
2017 Golden Gala Silent Auction Form

If you have any ability to request donations of tours, backstage passes, experiences, or services - please especially look into those options. You could also consider donating a special service or talent you may have. Often these experience oriented items bring in high bids during our auctions and they usually don't cost a lot of money to the person donating; therefore they make a big impact for the Friends.

Some examples for consideration include: 

Dessert of the month
Week at a time-share or cabin
Lessons including Music/Art/Sport/Cooking/Photography 
Small construction project (example: bird houses) 
Afternoon High Tea (for a birthday party, etc.)
Wine tasting

Tour of City or Local Attractions
Party Bus to Brew Pubs (get pub to donate beers)
Lead a Hike
Camping trip
Tax preparation
Financial advice
Pet/House sitting
Yard maintenance, grass mowing
Themed dinner for 6
Host a children's party
Event planning
Fresh produce from your garden 2 times a month
Baskets of fruit from your garden 
Flower arranging
Scavenger Hunt
Plant a flat of pollinator plants for you in your garden

2017 Golden Gala Silent Auction Donation Form

If you have any questions about our 3rd Annual Golden Gala and ways to get involved, please contact:

Aryn LaBrake at or 505-750-3383

Golden Gala Supporters


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