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Glacier National Park Conservancy hosting Backpacker's Ball

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This year’s event is intended to help fund the parks recent honor of becoming one of the only Dark Sky parks in the nation. This year’s event is intended to help fund the parks recent honor of becoming one of the only Dark Sky parks in the nation.
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The Glacier National Conservancy holds the Backpacker’s Ball each year to help support vital programs and projects inside Glacier National Park.

This year’s event is intended to help fund the parks recent honor of becoming one of the only Dark Sky parks in the nation. Glacier is one of the few places in the world that can still see the Milky Way and Conservancy Director of Development Nikki Eisinger knows that is pretty special.

“We like to say people don’t realize that we’re so lucky to live in this special place where we can see the milky way at night, 80 percent of America can no longer see a night sky.”

This year the night of dancing, drinking, eating and enjoying time with the community with all benefit the parks efforts to permanently become designated as a Dark Sky Park.

The money the event raises will be used to remove old light fixtures on historical buildings that need to be replaced in order to become more dark sky friendly and let less artificial light out. 

The Conservancy hopes to raise anywhere between $250,000 and $300,000 but needs a minimum of $120,000 in order to fulfill their hopes of becoming a forever dark sky park.

The event is being held at the historic Green Valley Ranch with a beautiful back drop of Glacier National Park in the distance. Eisinger says the event is a huge success in part to the people that spend so much time making sure it is perfect.

“Well, we get great volunteers who help make it possible and then we have about 15 staff who come and will work pretty much around the clock...to make the event happen to make it special. It’s really entertaining and celebratory so more than just a fundraising event were really there to pay tribute to Glacier.”

There are still tickets available online if you wish to attend. The event runs from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Green Valley Ranch.

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