Bozeman City Commission to approve money for Haynes Pavilion
Grace Ditzler, Butte Reporter, email@example.com 10:22pm Jan 10 2014
“The elements are coming together and we have completed fundraising for step one of the procedure,” said Jane Burns, the Development Director of the Gallatin Ice Foundation, “and we’ll be breaking ground on the shell of the new building in the spring.”
Step One of the expansion was adding a new entrance to the existing facility and a new parking lot.
“We will be starting construction on the shell of the new building and funding for Step Two which will do upgrades to the mechanical room, and the ice plant, and get the floor laid, so we will have skate-able ice when we are done fundraising for Step Two,” Burns explained.
The money from the commission is the second installment of their support. The county also took out a loan on the behalf of the Gallatin Ice Foundation to help them jump start the process.
Burns said the second step will open doors to new opportunities for the entire community.
“It would bring a lot of business into town and a lot of revenue into Bozeman and be a nice facility for the community to use,” she said.
Long time skaters at the Haynes Pavilion said the rink is scheduled to its max, and the new facility will improve the skating experience for everyone.
“The older folks and the rec league would love to have the expansion so we get a little bit better ice time,” Bozeman resident Russ Tuckerman said.
“As a spectator the amenities will be so much nicer, as a player the facility will be so much nicer and can be a regional rink so we can attract local tournaments,” explained John Wimberly, whose son plays hockey at Haynes Pavilion, “and I think the quality of all the hockey and ice sports will go up.”
Burns explained the money from the city couldn’t come at a better time.
“This is an Olympic year,” she said, “and this is a great opportunity for us because at no other time do people think about skating sports as much as they do in an Olympic year.”
Step 2 of the project is expected to cost $1.5 million.
The ground breaking is this May. When that’s finished, they’ll begin work on the final phase including permanent seating, a new entry, lobby, and concessions, a skate shop and event rooms, and more.
That will cost $2 million and is expected to begin sometime later this year.
Gallatin Ice Foundation started the ‘Raise The Ice Barn’ project to build a year-round ice arena at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds. Ice sessions are overly full, new programs are inhibited, and necessary growth is impossible. To help us reach this goal, GIF hosts an annual fundraiser, “Gloves Off Gala,” to enhance and supplement monies gathered from grants, corporate sponsors and other avenues. To maximize our attendees’ giving efforts on the evening of the gala, we are seeking local sponsors. The ability to announce on the evening of the event that ‘100% of each individual’s commitment will go directly into the project’ will be particularly compelling to our membership and the community, greatly increasing the impact of your support.
The 2014 Gloves Off Gala, held this year on February 6 at the Emerson Ballroom, will be attended by approximately 300 guests, at a ticket price of $75. Attendees come from far outside the skating community and include community figures from the city, county, chamber of commerce, and many well established local businesses. The skating population alone consists of close to 1000 individuals involved through youth and adult hockey, figure skating, learn to skate programs through the City of Bozeman, and therapeutic skating programs through Eagle Mount.
This year, we are offering table sponsorships, whereby local agencies can show their support for the new arena and be acknowledged in gala promotion. Sponsorship rates are $750 for a table of eight, and $900 for a table of ten. Gloves Off Gala 2014 table sponsorship may include, but is not limited to:
- Preferential placement in the room
- Your logo and special message in the event program
- Special thanks on display at Haynes Pavilion for balance of 2014 Ice Season
- Print Pieces and Promotion that evening at Emerson Ballroom
- Logo inclusion in slideshow at event
- Special mention by event emcee and other speakers that night
- Logo inclusion on Gallatin Ice Foundation’s website, as a supporter, linking to your site
Thank you for your consideration of this opportunity to be a part of our project. Your generous sponsorship of our event will support our efforts and work to enhance our programs with Eagle Mount, the city and our youth activities. I am certain the impact and appreciation from the skating community and the valley as a whole will be resonant. Please contact Jane Burns for more information or to commit to this exciting project.