photo of a purple blazing star, rattlesnake master, prairie grasses, and brown-eyed susans with following text: Missouri Prairie Foundation's Annual Dinner, Saturday, August 19, 2023, Columbia, Missouri

2023 Annual Dinner

MPF invites prairie supporters to a celebration of prairies on Saturday, August 19 in Columbia, Missouri at the Stoney Creek Hotel. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Lisa Schulte Moore, who is a 2021 MacArthur Fellow, landscape ecologist, and professor at Iowa State University. MPF will also present its annual awards, and there will be a silent auction. Doors open at 5 p.m. for the silent auction, drinks, and social hour, followed by dinner at 6 p.m., and subsequent presentation of awards and Dr. Schulte Moore presenting “Cultivating Connections through Prairie Strips.”

Tickets are $75 each for Missouri Prairie Foundation and Grow Native! Professional members, $85 for the general public, and free for MPF Lifetime members. Tables for six may be purchased for $450 by MPF or Grow Native! members, and $400 for MPF Lifetime members.

Registration for our 2023 Annual Dinner is now closed. If you have questions, please email

Scroll down for information about additional sponsorship opportunities. 

Many thanks to our in-kind sponsors:


                                                                And to our Silent Auction donors, including:


As well as: Hemlock Goods, Bluestem Missouri Crafts, Alpine Shop, Missouri Northern Pecan Growers, Mother’s Brewing, Moxie Cinema, Prairie Pie, Return to Nature, St. Louis Cardinals, World Bird Sanctuary, National World War I Museum and Memorial, Top Shelf Bartending and Beverage Catering, Ducks Unlimited, Jane and Allan Haslag, Vernon Elsberry, David and Judy Young, Martha Hill, Lisa Crawford, Marilyn Koshland, Ronda Burnett, Julie Weigand, Randal Switzer, Noppadol Paothong, Henry Domke, Hannah Berry, Glenn Longworth, Mike Leahy, Jerod Huebner, Doug Helmers, Bruce Schuette, Bob and Barb Kipfer, Bonnie Teel, and Steve and Ann Mowry.

Event tickets include dinner, dessert, and two drink tickets. When you register, please indicate whether you would like a chicken entree (chicken marsala with mushrooms, garlic and rosemary potatoes, and roasted asparagus) or a vegan entree (ratatouille-stuffed portobello mushroom, garlic and rosemary potatoes, and roasted asparagus). Entrees are dairy-free, but please inform us if you have any dietary restrictions or request other accommodations.

Stoney Creek Hotel is located at 2601 S. Providence Road in Columbia, and parking is available on-site.