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Conrad Anker to speak at Oct. 17 benefit dinner and auction

October 3, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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A renowned mountaineer, rock climber and author will deliver a keynote address during the Friends of MSU Library’s 20th annual benefit dinner and auction, set for Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bozeman.

Conrad Anker will present “Exploration in the 21st Century” at the annual event, which begins with a silent auction, social hour and no-host bar at 6:30 p.m. Music will be provided by jazz guitarist Craig Hall. The event continues with a dinner and a live auction at 7:30 p.m., followed by Anker’s presentation at 8:30 p.m.

Following the presentation, the Country Bookshelf will sell copies of Anker’s book and host a book signing. The event is presented by Toyota of Bozeman and sponsored by Ressler Motors, Sue and Jim Hamilton and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

Auction items include a half-day climb with Anker; two badges to the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Ga.; a ski getaway in Whistler, British Columbia; an epicurean adventure in Napa Valley; a guided fishing trip for two with Bob Jacklin; a Bobcat gift basket including two tickets to the Nov. 16 Montana State versus Southern Utah football game; an Everest gift basket from the Country Bookshelf; and a climbing lesson at Spire Climbing Center in Bozeman.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the benefit dinner and auction, the Friends of MSU Library have chosen to feature the local community, according to Angela Tate, a member of the organization and one of the event’s organizers.

“At this year's dinner, the Friends of MSU Library are proud to offer a Montana-made menu and welcome a local speaker with national recognition,” Tate said.

In addition, Tate said the organization is proud to feature at the event the launch of the MSU Library’s Acoustic Atlas, the first comprehensive online archive of the animal and environmental sounds of Montana and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The new collection provides a reference source for researchers and educators in the biological sciences, media arts, human health, education, engineering, philosophy, and the social sciences and connects people around the world to the landscapes and life of Montana and the Rocky Mountain West.

The annual benefit dinner and auction is the primary fundraiser for the Friends of MSU Library, an organization that is dedicated to enriching Montana State University, students and the community through strengthening the library. Proceeds from the event enhance the collections and services of the MSU Library through collection and facilities endowments.

Tickets for the event are $75 each or $520 for a table of eight. Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling (406) 994-3119 by Friday, Oct. 11. For a complete list of auction items, visit www.friendsofmsulibrary.com.

Contact: Angela Tate, (406) 994-6857 or angela.tate@montana.edu