Non-event for land trust aims to raise thousands |

Non-event for land trust aims to raise thousands

Special to the Daily Non-attendees to the Phantom Ranch Ball will be entered into a drawing to win this Marty Rohde painting of Summit County's non-existent Phantom Ranch.

You can forget about attending the Phantom Ranch Ball, but the Continental Divide Land Trust asks that you don’t forget to buy tickets.

The “phantom” event is one you don’t have to attend. It doesn’t exist. Instead, the organization asks the public to send in financial support and enjoy a night at home instead of spending the money out on the town.

Tickets cost $25 and include an entry to a drawing for local artist Marty Rohde’s depiction of the imaginary Summit County Phantom Ranch. The non-event is slated for April 1, but as the drawing won’t be held until Monday, there’s still time to buy a ticket.

“Phantom Ranch” is a common place name in the West, Continental Divide Land Trust director Leigh Girvin said. Because Summit County is absent a physical “Phantom Ranch” or “Phantom Valley,” it made a perfect imaginary place to name the non-event after. It has also served as the premise of art created for the drawing.

“It’s always interesting to see what we get,” Girvin said. Rohde won the people’s choice award for the Art and Wildflower Celebration last year.

The non-event has been running for four years and has been more successful each year, Girvin said. The last two years, it has raised more than $3,000, after expenses, for conservation programs.

Girvin added that the event is designed to raise awareness of ranches and open spaces and the value they provide in terms of food, wildlife, scenic vistas and more.

“There are a good number of ranches in Summit County protected by conservation easements, especially past Ute Pass Road,” she said.

Purchase tickets by contacting the Land Trust at (970) 453-3875 or, or click on “Get Involved” on the left side of the navigation bar, and select “make an online donation.” Put “PRB” in the memo field so your contribution is included in the drawing.

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