They took part in the foundation’s biennial Boots and Buckles in the Field dinner at the Connolly Ranch perched at 2,400 feet atop the hills south of Corral Hollow Canyon.
Celeste Garamendi, who hosted the dinner with her husband, Mark Connolly, said community support for the fundraiser “has been wonderful.”
“It was a beautiful day, and while we haven’t tallied everything yet, we expect it to be our best fundraiser yet,” she said.
The visitors, some attired in western-style garb, wended their way up the hills to the ranch in an auto caravan leading around a number of bends in the partially paved road from the canyon floor.
At the ranch house, those taking part were served hors d’oeuvres and other refreshments before a tri-tip dinner — prepared by chef Jim Meservy and other volunteers — was served.
Auctions and a raffle followed the dinner.
Money raised at the dinner, held every other year since 2006, will help finance the West Side Pioneer Association’s Lammersville Pioneer School project and Tracy Historical Museum programs for third-grade students, in addition to providing Tracy history coloring books for the young museum visitors.
Other efforts include the Tracy Nature Program, the poppy program and student art show each April, and other environmental education programs for students.