The second weekend in June we had another successful fundraising event at the Flathead Valley Clay Target Club in Kalispell. Friday night we had a cookout at the club and our vets got to practice their trap shooting. Saturday one of our vets, Billy Beck of Kalispell, won the new shooter event and a very nice belt buckle. In the afternoon two local fishing charters, A Able and Mofisch, took our vets out on Flathead Lake. Sunday morning we had another winner in the new shooter event, as Charles Williams of Kalispell won a belt buckle. This is the sixth year the Clay Target Club has put on this fundraising event for Montana Wounded Warriors and we would just like to let Norm Nicholson and the rest of the board know how much we appreciate their continued support.
Montana Wounded Warriors recently partnered with Shock N Awe, a nonprofit organization committed to fundraising for charitable groups through sports activities. Well known in the Missoula community for their charitable contributions towards breast cancer research and prevention, this year they organized a tournament for Montana Wounded Warriors at Fort Missoula Park. With over 24 teams of varying levels of experience in attendance, it was an impressive display of athleticism and philanthropy.
Although cold, windy and rainy throughout most of the tournament, Shock N Awe’s commitment to the cause was evident in everyone playing until the end. Additionally, a benefit raffle was held at the Press Box, a major sponsor and local sports restaurant in Missoula. Over $2700.00 was raised during the weekend. We at Montana Wounded Warriors would like to thank everyone that made this event possible and we look forward to it next year. Thanks guys, job well done!
On Memorial Day weekend, the Havre Eagle Riders held a poker run for the third year in a row to raise funds for Montana Wounded Warriors. Board member Neil Baumann and his wife, as well as wounded vet, Jason Marheine from Belgrade, were able to join them this year. Over 90 motorcycle riders participated in what was a very successful event. The weather cooperated as we traveled from Havre, to Big Sandy, Fort Benton, Chester, Inverness, Hingham and Fresno, then back to Havre. We were welcomed at each stop, and multiple door prizes were awarded to the majority of participants. We had a lot of laughs and met some great people along the way. That evening we enjoyed dinner at the Havre Eagles Club. After dinner we moved out onto the street and enjoyed live music by the Milk River Band and dancing. A total of over $8000.00 was raised to help our wounded veterans. We cannot thank Brian Carpenter, Hosanna Hutchins, Lynette (Mama), and the rest of the Havre Eagle Riders 166 enough for the wonderful weekend in Havre.
The Bozeman\’s Sportsman\’s Warehouse had a Ladies Night Out fundraiser to benefit Montana Wounded Warriors. Pictured below is Chris Grudzinski, a MTWW board member, Teresa Snider, manager of Sportsman\’s Warehouse, and Adam Greenwell, a wounded warrior who assists Chris with activities on the east side of Montana. Teresa hosted this event, and they donated items along with Billion Motors and other vendors to a raffle. All the proceeds from the raffle were donated to our organization. Thank you to Sportsman\’s Warehouse and all who participated in this fundraiser!
The employees of Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) wanted to wear some casual clothes to work and were willing to pay for that option. The employees donated money to several charities for the choice of wearing jeans to work. They did this for several weeks and raised a sizable amount of money. One of the charities that they chose to donate to was Montana Wounded Warriors (MTWW).
Char Gatlin, board member of MTWW, met with several BCBS employees in Helena to accept a check of $528.00. MTWW would like to thank all the employees who participated for their continued support of our mission.
Montana Wounded Warriors was contacted by Burt Todd of the Charlo American Legion Post. The Legion made the decision to donate some of their proceeds of their 4th of July raffle to Montana Wounded Warriors. The Post invited board member Neil Baumann and his wife to come down to Charlo for a small reception. First, Neil thanked all the Legionnaires for their service to our country. Then he explained how Montana Wounded Warriors serves our returning wounded veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Post commander then presented Neil with a check for $1000.00 to support MTWW. MTWW would like to thank the Post for supporting our organization – there is nothing better than vets helping vets.