A little rain didn’t dampen the spirits of 400 people who gathered for Topography in Cuyahoga Valley National Park on Saturday evening.

“This is the first time in eight years we have had rain for Topography,” John Debo said.

Joanne Kim chaired the committee planning the event, with Cascade Auto Group as corporate partner.

However, because of the weather, the cocktail portion of the evening was switched from the Overlook to the Ledges Shelter, and a bevy of gentlemen with umbrellas escorted guests to the shelter.

Diana Snider came prepared with colorful rain boots as she enjoyed the rain with her husband, Jim, and Joe and Stacy Tramonte.

Stacey Rusher said 500 guests had attended Elevation at the park Friday evening. “We have had 900 people enjoying the park on these two evenings,” she noted while greeting guests.

Guests sipped lavender and hibiscus lemonade while Lisa Malyuk and Matt Dunkelberger entertained with toe-tapping music.

Bobby and Shelly Dinkins said they moved to Ohio from Vermont two years ago, and were delighted to find all the opportunities available in the national park, as they conversed with ranger Ryan Ainger. John and Bonnie Childs enjoyed conversation with Stan and Amy Brady.

Debo, former park superintendent, rang the dinner bell and guests retreated to the large white tent on the meadow where Hungry Bee catered a short rib and chicken dinner.

Gary and Laura Lobaza enjoyed dinner with Roger and Kim Jones, Craig and Susan Dukes, and John and Gina Wittenberg. Nearby, Aaron and Christine Hockman dined with Gary Lowry, Laurie Shrank, and Dave and Laurie Celik.

Following dinner, Park Superintendent Craig Kenkel welcomed guests and announced new mountain bike trails are opening in the park, and a new water trail on the Cuyahoga River will open next year.

Emcee Jim Nash introduced photographer Debbie DiCarlo, who makes the Cuyahoga Valley National Park the focus of her photography. DiCarlo offered an autographed photo to everyone making a donation to the Trails Forever Endowment Fund.

This brought a flurry of donations to the endowment fund, and CEO Deb Yandala thanked everyone and announced $55,675 was raised for the fund.

The money will be used for operation and maintenance of more than 100 miles of hiking, bicycling and horseback riding trails through the park.

After the rain cleared, guests enjoyed coffee and dessert and dancing under the stars to the music of Waxwings.