Peter Edwards - M.D.

Reception Hour - 6:00p - 7:00p

Dinner at the Paoli's

You and five of your friends will gather at the Paoli's home for an unforgettable, multi-course dinner for six, prepared by Missoula lawyer and culinary artist, David Paoli. Experience traditional Italian culture during this fine dining experience featuring savory Italian cuisine accompanied by hand-selected fine wine paired perfectly with your evenings offerings. 

Packaged donated by David Paoli

"Heart of Gold" Custom Necklace

Commemorate your Heart of Gold with this custom designed necklace designed by Rogers & Co. Fine Jewelry and Design. This beautiful
14 carat yellow gold heart pendant is intricately and uniquely designed and represents the true “Heart of Gold” of each and every one of the people who support ORI. The pendant delicately cascades from a 14 carat yellow gold 18” box chain.  

Jewelry donated by Mariah Rogers

Thank You to our Patron Table Sponsors:​​

Thank you to everyone who came to the 3rd Annual ORI Gala: Heart of Gold and made it a success! It is because of our supporters, like you, that we can continue to provide life-enhancing services to people with disabilities in our community. 

We had a wonderful time, and hope you did too! If you have a moment, please give us your feedback on your experience by clicking this link: 2018 Gala Guest Survey Thank you! If you have questions about the event, please contact Erica Hurt at

Special Thank You to our Corporate Table Sponsors:​​

"Spring"  by Kyle Fortner

Kyle, for the longest time, was known mostly for his fearless social skills and his uncanny ability to see and hear things before anyone else (after all, his nickname is Radar!) It wasn't until recently that he has become quite an amazing painter. This year, we not only find his work featured in our prestigious live auction, but also on the cover of The Artists of Opportunity 2018 Calendar! ​​

Art donated by Kyle Fortner

Diamond Sponsors:

Trip to Hawaii Ticket #100! 

The last raffle ticket will be auctioned off during the Live Auction! Don't miss an opportunity for a dream vacation! The odds are in your favor during this 1-in-100 opportunity to win a trip to Hawaii! You and a friend will receive airfare from Missoula to Hawaii, 6 night stay at a luxury beach side resort, and a rental car for the entire week. The water is warm and the beaches are calling! For more info on raffle tickets prior to the event, visit our Hawaii Raffle  page. 

​Package is a $3800.00 travel voucher available only through and donated by Flathead Travel  

They began playing and performing together while attending Rattlesnake Middle School. After graduating from Hellgate High School, both musicians went on to study music and continue to perform together in various groups til this day. 

Graeme studied under saxophone teachers Steve Owens and Idit Shner in Eugene, OR and has completed multiple music tours of the US working as a performer and teacher. 

Ben studied jazz at the University of Montana under Lance Boyd and David Morgenroth. Since graduation college in 2009, he has collaborated with a variety of musicians and bands throughout Missoula and Western Montana. 

Touch of Class

Touch of Class includes saxophonist Graeme Plestcher and pianist Ben Schuberg. Both Graeme and Ben were born and raised in Missoula and began studying music at a young age. 

Thank You to our Generous Sponsors!

5-Day Missouri River Canoe Trip

Experience the Missouri River like never before! You and 3 friends will go on a 5-day adventure canoe trip on the famous Missouri River accompanied by nature guides and a gourmet chef preparing your daily meals. You will leave from Missoula on Thursday morning to launch your trip near Great Falls. Multiple hiking opportunities will allow you to explore the wilderness, including hiking to Box Canyon to see ancient pictographs. All camping equipment will be provided for you, so bring your camera and binoculars and great ready for a unique Montana experience! 

Trip dates are July 12-16, 2018. Package donated by Opportunity Resources Staff & Donors. 

Uruguay Dove Hunting Trip

An unbelievable adventure awaits you! Come experience a hot barrel and non-stop action hunt in the heart of the biggest dove roost in the world. Paysandu, Urugauy has been estimated by experts to have a dove population of over 50 million and Tango Lodge resides right in the heart of it. Be wined and dined with 5-star accommodations and gourmet hand-crafted menus fit for royalty. Enjoy a place where you can shoot as much as the heart desires and enjoy white tablecloth BBQ lunches in the field, before retiring back to the lodge for cocktails and a massage. This place is heaven on Earth for the wing shooter looking for an experience that has it all!

​Airfare, ground transportation, and ammo not included. Field and gun entry fees apply. Trip must be taken within 1 year of auction date.  

"One" by Hannah Shepard

Hannah loads her 4 inch brush with whatever color she can find that will match the moment that she is in. Her petite frame takes over from there, rocking back and forth, side to side, in an assertive rhythm that requires her whole body, legs and all, to aerobically spread the paint. She is on a mission now; over and over, again and again, her brush glides across the full 60 inch width of her canvas. Approximately forty-five minutes later, those mesmerizing multi-blended layers of constantly changing colors finally come to rest so as to whisper softly into her ear that her should and her canvas are now one.  There are no spoken words. Only that humble, conservatively measured high-five is left. 

Art donated by Hannah Shepard

Silent Auction Items

Opportunity Resources Gala

Supporting persons with Disabilities in Enhancing their Quality of LIfe

Media Sponsors:

Dennis Bragg (Master of Ceremonies)

KPAX-TV Channel 8

​Phone: (406) 542-4400


ORI Gala Hawaii Raffle - SOLD OUT!

Driscoll Family/Mike Nugent - BH |  Nickel Family & Friends | Stone-Shedden Family & Friends

Home - Opportunity Resources Gala

Grizzly Football Package - Brawl of the Wild

You and a friend will receive two Canyon Club tickets to the 2018 Griz vs Bobcats game at Washington-Grizzly Stadium, a pre-game tour of the athletic facilities, and pre-game sideline passes to cheer on the Griz as they take the field! But that isn't all; This package also contains dinner for two at Finn & Porter to cap off your day. Go Griz!

Package donated by Grizzly Athletics. Dinner donated by DoubleTree Hotel

Matt Manley (Cowboy Auctioneer)

LM Auctions

​Phone: (406) 258-0976


Live Auction Items

Musical Performances By:

Sapphire Sponsors:

Gala Auctioneer & Master of Ceremonies

Grant Creek Getaway

Experience an incredible getaway! This beautiful 2 story log home with cathedral ceilings and custom woodwork hosts 2-16 people and is situated on 6 acres close to hiking trails with the beautiful Grant Creek flowing through the property. Grant Creek Lodge is a quick 10-minute drive to Missoula and nestled in the secluded mountains near Snowbowl Ski Resort. This perfect getaway destination also includes two passes to Snowbowl! The best part - you can schedule your trip to the lodge at any time of the year. Gather your friends and enjoy!  

Packaged donated by Grant Creek Lodge

***Only 100 tickets will be sold!*** 

Now is your chance to win the dream Hawaiian Vacation for two!

Airfair, 6 night stay at a luxury resort and rental car for the week!

Purcahse your raffle ticket today! Call 

Erica Hurt at 406.329.1786 or

stop by Opportunity Resources at

​2821 S. Russell St, Missoula.

Muralt Family Foundation

Rock Creek Fly-Fishing Trip

The perfect Montana fishing experience awaits you! Stay two nights at Little Bear Cabin, located just feet from Brewster Creek, 9 miles up Rock Creek. Spend a day on guided drift boats for world famous fishing and relax to the peaceful sound of the Montana wilderness. On your final day, be treated to a catered lunch back at the cabin. This is an ideal weekend getaway for fly-fishing fun!

Guided fishing donated by Missoulian Angler Cabin donated by PayneWest Insurance

2019 Phoenix Open Trip

You and five of your friends will fly to Arizona where you'll spend four days and four nights at the marvelous Tempe Mission Palms. Friday and Saturday, you and your friends will attend the 2019 Phoenix Open famous for "Hole 16" and dubbed the "Greatest Show on Grass!" On Sunday, you'll be treated to dinner and drinks while you watch Superbowl LIII! This amazing weekend only gets better - you'll be flown in comfort and style from Missoula on a private plan! Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity! 

Airfare donated by Neptune Aviation. Hotel donated by Destination Hotels

Our award-winning art department, Artists of Opportunity, will be providing all of the silent auction items including three-handed ceramic and porcelain pottery, and acrylic and digital paintings. Funds from all items purchased go directly to the artist. All art is uniquely created by a person with a disability. 

Visit the Artists of Opportunity page for more information about the program and the artists.