Moonlight on the Mountain fundraising gala returns for Save Mount Diablo

18th annual event on Sept. 7 to benefit environmental support nonprofit

Save Mount Diablo’s signature fundraising gala is set to return next month, and lovers of the Tri-Valley's natural beauty are invited to eat, be merry and donate to the cause at the 18th annual Moonlight on the Mountain celebration.

Set to be held at Mount Diablo's China Wall, organizers say the evening will feature live music, a three-course meal and both live and silent auctions -- all while surrounded by the unparalleled scenic beauty of the Mount Diablo area.

The evening will also feature a series of special guest speakers including as poet, painter and naturalist, Obi Kaufmann, author of the illustrated book “California Field Atlas”; world record holding athlete and founder of Latitude 35 leadership, Jason Caldwell; and a "Science and the Earth" teacher from Moraga, Dawn Lezak.

Organizers have described the dress code for the event as “Mountain Elegant,” meaning casual party attire with comfortable flat-soled shoes, attendees are also encouraged to wear layers in case the evening gets chilly.

Menu choices include roasted chicken with fresh seasonal vegetables; a slow roasted braised beef; or a vegan cauliflower, potato, mint and curry pie.

Moonlight on the Mountain will take place on Sept. 7 from 4-10 p.m. Tickets to the outdoor event cost $350 and can be purchased on the Moonlight on the Mountain official webpage. Guests will receive registration and parking information prior to the event.

Individuals or groups interested in sponsoring the event are encouraged to learn more by contacting Karen Ferriere at 949-4518 or

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