Bozeman – The Gallatin Ice Foundation hosted its annual Gloves Off Gala to a sold out crowd on Saturday night, with the goal to raise $200,000 to support the “Raise the Ice Barn” campaign. GIF staff and board members were delighted by those in attendance and by the community at large. More than $250,000 was raised and will be used to continue construction on the new ice arena project this spring.
“This was beyond our expectations,” said Chelsea Schmidt, development director for the Gallatin Ice Foundation. “We are humbled by the generosity of this community.”
A handful of silent auction items were sold for double their value. During the live auction, popular items such as a vintage English shotgun and autographed jerseys donated by Sidney Crosby and Wayne Gretzky went for thousands of dollars. Other popular items included vacation getaways, art by local artists and date nights donated by local restaurants.
The highlight of the night was the cash call. Attendees were informed that a donor had generously agreed to match up to $50,000 in funds. After reaching that in a matter of minutes, the GIF was able to announce that another donor would match an additional $25,000.
“The energy and excitement in the room was electrifying! A total of 100 people raised their bid numbers during the cash call, anywhere from $10,000 to $100,” said Schmidt. “The people in the room collectively gave $156,000 in less than 10 minutes for this community asset.”
The Gallatin Ice Foundation would like to thank the Gala’s title sponsor, Ressler Motors, and all the additional sponsors, donors and volunteers who helped make the event a success.
Schmidt says that the money raised from the Gala, coupled with the $100,000 donation they received in February, will allow the foundation to move forward on Step Two of the project this construction season. The full scope of Step Two includes an extensive addition to the mechanical room, installation of the ice plant, refrigerated rink slab and floor, lighting and interim locker rooms and seating.
For more information, contact Schmidt at 406-579-5763 or firstname.lastname@example.org.