Desert Foothills Land Trust’s 17th Annual Sonoran Stars

Desert Foothills Land Trust is once again planning its biggest fund-raiser of the year to protect the beautiful, serene landscape of our fragile Sonoran Desert. The 17th Annual Sonoran Stars is on Saturday April 28 at Rancho Mañana Golf Club, in Cave Creek.

Some 500 guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner under Western skies prepared by the award-winning Tonto Bar & Grill. The outdoor benefit begins at 5pm with a cocktail hour and a silent auction followed by a spectacular release of a rehabilitated raptor from the non-profit Wild at Heart rehabilitation facility. The event also features a live auction after dinner. Guests are encouraged to dress in casual or Western wear and to anticipate cool evening temperatures.

New this year: entertainment by the Sons of the Pioneers – a classic Western music act from Missouri. The Sons of the Pioneers are included in the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Western Music Hall of Fame, have two songs in the Grammy Hall of Fame and have even been named a “National Treasure” by the Smithsonian Institute.

The original members of Sons of the Pioneers, including Roy Rogers, penned such classics as “Tumbling Tumbleweed,” “Cool Water” and “Ghost Riders in the Sky.” Sonia Perillo, the Land Trust’s executive director, says this year’s “Sonoran Stars” is not-to-be-missed.

“When the sun starts to set, it is an amazing experience to dine in the beautiful outdoor setting and watch how the landscape changes,” Perillo says. “On top of that, this year’s event truly offers a rare opportunity to see such a fabulous band perform. They are icons among classic Western music performers, and we are thrilled to finally have them join us at Sonoran Stars.”

Some may believe a weak economy and reduced construction activity means the desert landscape is not in jeopardy. But, in fact, now more than ever, Desert Foothills Land Trust needs donor support to achieve its goal of protecting thousands of acres of our region’s most important and cherished natural areas.

“We want to find the silver lining in this real estate market and continue to protect our community’s most important conservation lands,” Perillo adds.

Tickets cost $250 per person. Shuttle service begins at 4:45pm from 38400 North Schoolhouse Road, in Cave Creek. To reserve seats, call 480.488.6131 or visit

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