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CDRI Desert NewsFlash
September 2023
Please join us for Gary Nabhan's lecture on September 14 at 7:00 p.m. 
More information follows in this newsletter.
CDRI’s BBQ & Auction is another one for the record books!

The results are in, and we’re happy to report another record-setting event, with gross revenues of nearly $86,000! The fundraiser had its excitement with a whale of a rainstorm! With rain and wind whipping up the four 20’ x 40’ tents, guests and CDRI staff held down tent poles, keeping them from blowing away, while others gathered Silent Auction items that were displayed outside and rushed them inside the Powell Visitor Center. Once the storm had moved on, guests cheerfully wiped down tables and chairs, brought out the Silent Auction items, and both the Silent and the Live Auctions got underway. Our caterers, Lisa and Mark Sanchez, miraculously served a delicious piping hot brisket and sausage dinner. At the same time, musician Rick Ruiz and his band Grupo de la Paz, having kept their instruments dry through the storm, stayed late and kept everyone feeling fine with crowd-favorite tunes.
Overall, everyone seemed delighted to see rain, the temperature dropped dramatically, and our drenched guests could go inside the Powell Visitor Center and choose a dry CDRI t-shirt from the Gift Shop to change into. It turned out to be a fun evening, capped off with a spectacular sunset.
Thank you to each of you who attended, who bought tickets but couldn’t attend, who joined the Host Committee, who donated to the Education Paddle Raise, who donated items to both the Silent and the Live Auctions, and to each of you whose enthusiasm made for some great bidding and a fun evening! 
Thank you to Cactus Liquors, Glazer's Distributors, and Fort Davis State Bank for their generous donations. Also, thank you to Shirley Bieller of Alpine Framing for generously donating her services for several of the auctioned framed art pieces. Thank you to Stephen Bright of Cathedral Guitars for providing the sound system and Martin Stringer for his outstanding auctioneering.  
One more very important thank you is a must! This one is for our volunteers who set up the tents twice. The first rainstorm on Friday night caused some damage that we didn't tell you about. Thank you to each of you who set up on Friday, returned to set up again on Saturday morning, worked during the event, and who showed up the day after the event to take down and put things away neatly so they'll be ready for next year's fundraiser. 
 Thank you!

A recap of the BBQ & Auction in photos
Thank you to Matt Walter for capturing the evening in photos. 
Thank you to each of you who raised your card for the Education Paddle Raise! 
Funds raised in the "Education Paddle Raise" allow for full scholarships for all Region 18 student groups in Grades Pre-K through 12 and Sul Ross State University classroom studies to visit CDRI and attend all of CDRI's educational programs free of admission fees. We also provide free snacks and bottled water, and for the 2023-24 programs, each student will receive an embroidered CDRI patch.
These generous donations from the Education Paddle Raise also cover all fees and costs associated with CDRI's adult education programs and allow us to offer all the educational programs at no cost for participants, including the Roger Conant Distinguished Guest Lecturer Program (twice annually) and workshops throughout the year.
Thank you to each of our very generous donors!

Elizabeth "Sam" Armstrong
Tom Edens

Jim Martinez
Chris and Pamela Pipes

Tom and Kristin Feuerbacher
Lisa Gordon
Rick Herrman
Donald and Pat Kuhnel
Joni Powers
Cecilia Riley and Mike Gray
Don and DeAnna Strah
Dedie Taylor
Cathy Wright and Dave Leet
Jim and Teresa Weedin

Debbie Murphy
Jerry and Susan Pittman
Warren and Anita Shaul

Judy and Stephen Alton
Victoria Benitez
Vernon Berry
Jeff and Kathy Binney
Sharon Jacobson
Tim Johnson
Jane and Mike  Marke
Maggie and Mike McCollum
Martina Venz

Melanie Blackman
Albert and Kathy Bork
Carl Bradshaw
Carol Brewer
Bill Cassell and Ann Repp
Barbara Curry
Barney and Cindi Dishron
Reggie James
Robert Killian
Clif and Brenda Ladd
Marilyn McGhee
Heather Haynes Smith
Daryl and Mary Styblo
Allen and Kay Tsheyka
Julie and Bruce Webb

Thank you to these generous donors who supported the BBQ & Auction. Their donation of $250 or more ensured that all expenses were paid before the start of the event. 
Host Committee Donors
2023 CDRI BBQ & Auction

Anne Adams 
Judy & Stephen Alton
Greg Brock
Edwina Campbell
Martha Atiee & Michael Carter
Don Coan & Veleda Boyd
Liz & Rick Culp
Barbara Curry
Tom Edens 
Lanna & Joe Duncan
Kristin & Tom Feuerbacher 
Ben F. Foster, Jr.
Beth & Larry Francell
Lisa Gordon
Rick Herrman & Margaret O'Donnell 
Tom Jacobs & Vilis Inde
Donald & Pat Kuhnel
Chuck Loban
Jim Martinez & Jim Fissel 
Jane & Guy McCrary
Debbie & Mike Murphy 
Joyce & Joe Mussey 
Clint Parsley & Alex Albright
Chris & Pamela Pipes *
Susan & Jerry Pittman
R. Edward Pfiester 
Rebecca & Sam Pfiester
Lana & Robert Potts
Shirley & Mike Powell
Joni & Tim Powers
Paige & John Pritchett 
Bob Rice & Judy Reichelderfer
Cecilia Riley & Mike Gray
Sheri & Grant Roane
Anita & Warren Shaul
Ron Sommers & Charles Mary Kubricht
Daryl & Mary Styblo
Dedie Taylor
Bette & Ralph Thomas
Suzanne & Stephen Tuttle *
Joe Williams 

* a $500 donation.

"Fragrances of the Chihuahuan Desert:
The Desert Osmocosm Smells Like Rain" 

Enjoy an evening with internationally celebrated nature writer,
agrarian activist, and ethnobotanist
Gary Paul Nabhan 
at CDRI's Roger Conant Distinguished Guest Lecturer Program  
 Thursday, September 14
at the Crowley Theater, Marfa, Texas
7:00 p.m. 
(doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Free admission.
Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served after the program.

CDRI's Gift Shop offers exclusive
Julie Speed prints!
CDRI is thrilled to announce the receipt of a very generous donation from Marfa artist Julie Speed of her limited edition prints titled "Lost Dipper."  These are a gift to CDRI in celebration of CDRI's 50 years!
Two were sold at CDRI's auction, while the remaining prints will be offered for sale exclusively at the CDRI Gift Shop.  Each print is signed and numbered with a limited "run" of ten prints.  
Discover more about Ms. Speed's art at https://www.juliespeed.com.
50 for 50!
To help celebrate CDRI's 50th anniversary, a group of Marfans who wish to remain anonymous got together to purchase 50 one-gallon flowering plants for CDRI's Pollinator Garden. CDRI's volunteers got to work and planted the 50 new and beautiful plants. Do make a point of exploring the Pollinator Garden on your next visit to CDRI. 
The ugly service road gets beautified!
Tired of the rugged, jagged, and bumpy dirt and exposed bedrock road leading from the Visitor Center to the service gate of the Botanical Gardens, we started out in early summer with the intent of making that drive look beautiful. And it looks like we've succeeded! 
The driveway has made it through several heavy rains and, so far, has not been washed out. It now has a rock-lined border along with a walking path adjacent to it. The path leads to the new steel Botanical Garden exit gate. Five pinon pines are clustered along the fence line. The most recent additions are two large Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendins) plants flanking either side of the exit gate, with Torrey yuccas (Yucca torreyi) planted along the sides of the gravel path. We hope to add more plants this fall. 
Tent set up for the BBQ & Auction
Until next time, 
We wish you happy trails!
Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute, P.O. Box 905, Fort Davis, TX 79734


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