Gallatin Ice Foundation breaks ground on ice arena Aug. 11

Construction of a 36,000-square-foot building that will eventually house Bozeman’s second refrigerated ice skating rink will begin soon.

The Gallatin Ice Foundation says Martel Construction will break ground on the steel structure, which will be located on the west side of the existing Haynes Pavilion, on Monday, Aug. 11.

The groundbreaking concludes step one of the foundation’s ‘Raise the Ice Barn’ project, which also included construction of a new entry on the east side of Haynes Pavilion and parking lot paving, which were both completed late last year.

Chelsea Schmidt, development director for the Gallatin Ice Foundation, explained that construction will take place in multiple steps, and with step one complete, the group is now focused on raising $1.5 million for step two, which will result in skate-able ice.

“Our committee is working hard to get the money raised,” said Schmidt. “We are writing grants, looking at private and public partnerships and looking to the community for their support, as well.”

Currently, the Haynes Pavilion rink has skaters from 6 a.m. to midnight every day during the seven-month skating season, with no room for expanded ice times. The shortage of ice makes it difficult to meet current demands, add more skaters, offer public skating, host regional tournaments or provide training for competitive figure skaters.

Step two will include enclosing the building as well as installation of the ice plant, refrigerated rink slab and floor, mechanical room, building lighting and interim locker rooms, bathrooms and seating. Schmidt said construction for that could begin as early as April 2015.

Future steps will commence once the arena has a skate-able sheet of ice and is generating income. It will include permanent seating, expanded locker rooms, concessions, central entry and a skate shop.

The total project is expected to cost $4.5 million.

A celebration for the groundbreaking will be held at 406 Brewing Company, located at 101 E. Oak St., from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 11, where $1 of every pint sold will be donated to the Gallatin Ice Foundation.

About the Gallatin Ice Foundation: Established in 2006, the Gallatin Ice Foundation (GIF) is a 501c non-profit organization that has spearheaded efforts to raise funds for the expanded recreational and competitive skating experience the community desires. Aligning forces of all ice users as well as the hockey and figure skating clubs, it has diligently focused on raising funds for a second ice sheet adjacent to the current rink at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds.

For more information, contact Schmidt at (406) 579-5763 or

GIF announces new Board leadership

We are proud to announce that Todd Ward and Geoff Wendt have been selected to serve on the Gallatin Ice Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Todd Ward is the director of sales at the Comfort Company. He grew up playing hockey in Minnesota and spent 25 years in Cincinnati, OH, managing tennis programs at a private country club. Ward has sat on several local and nationals boards and brings extensive business and management experience to the GIF.

Geoff Wendt is an engineer with AE Dynamics. He grew up playing hockey in Waukesha, Wisc., before his family moved to Anaconda in 1995. Wendt graduated from Montana State University in 2007 and moved back to Bozeman last year, joining the Bozeman Amateur Hockey Association as a league player.

Ward and Wendt will begin their year-long terms on Aug. 1.

The members and appointed officers for 2014/2015 are:

  • Todd Ward, President
  • Shawn Black, Vice President
  • Doug Neil, Treasurer
  • Geoff Wendt, Secretary
  • Pete Geddes
  • Tim Stefan
  • Matt Kraska (ex-officio)

We would also like to recognize outgoing Board member Bill Cochran for his past and continued support. Bill came into the GIF during some difficult recession years and through his expertise and dedication he helped get us to where we are today, building a 36,000 square-foot structure that will soon hold Bozeman’s second sheet of ice. Thank you, Bill!




Gallatin Ice Foundation hires Schmidt as Development Director

The Gallatin Ice Foundation’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Chelsea Schmidt has accepted the position of Development Director and will join our team on Monday, June 16.

Chelsea comes to us from Montana State University, where her most recent role was Assistant Director of Business and Community Relations. She was named “Female Young Professional of the Year” by the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Group in 2012 and is a member of the Greater Gallatin United Way Board of Directors that the Downtown Bozeman Association Board of Directors.

Chelsea brings experience and a proven track record of success in event planning, community outreach and building relationships, which will be invaluable in helping us “Raise the Ice Barn!”

Chelsea is originally from Moorhead, MN, and moved to Bozeman in 2006. She received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Montana State University in 2009. In her free time, Chelsea enjoys golfing, hiking, trail-running and cheering-on Old Crush in the VHW league.

Please help us welcome Chelsea!

M. Kraska

GIF Ex Officio

Job Announcement!


Passionate Motivator, Communicator & Problem Solver.

Do you like:

- Leading a Team & Sports?

- Meeting Your Neighbors & Sports?

- Fundraising & Sports?

- Accounting & Sports?

- Event Planning & Sports?

Gallatin Ice Foundation is seeking Development Coordinator or Director


Please email resume and cover letter to:

Gallatin Ice Foundation President, Matthew Kraska

Questions? Call Kraska at 539-3657


Full Job Description:

Development Coordinator/Director Job Description


1)    Community Outreach – outward communication

  1. Chamber of commerce
  2. Businesses
  3. Sweet pea etc.
  4. Media & web – promotions
  5. Government Officials
  6. Supporters (e.g. msu, etc.)

2)    Internal Communications – manage expectations with members and partners

  1. BAHA and Figure skating members
  2. Past donors
  3. Supporters

3)    Lead and Direct the BAHA/GIF Fundraising team

  1. Develop and direct a fundraising and communication plan
  2. Direct and coordinate events
  3. Coordinate & lead meetings; Take notes; Follow-up
  4. Manage databases
  5. Collect letters of support
  6. Manage all gift acknowledgements
  7. Manage an annual calendar of important dates
  8. Work with GIF treasurer to insure pledge invoicing is done correctly


  • Marketing – Guide and promote a sophisticated, consistent brand image in a number of avenues (membership, fairgrounds, city, county, MSU, community at large, supporters and donors)
  • Communication – Ability to effectively convey message in public, to media, group presentations and in writing. Seek and utilize creative avenues to inform public on project and its progress.
  • Special Events – Creativity to develop and/or enhance theme or concept in big picture down to small details in support of an annual major fundraising event. Ability to plan and pull off a large, fun, memorable party.
  • Relationship Building – Promote inclusive nature of project to public, expanding knowledge of project and enticing potential donors.
  • Knowledge of DonorPerfect, Constant Contact and WordPress beneficial
  • Multitasking and organization of board and committees with advance scheduling


  • Extraordinary organization skills
  • Coordination skills
  • Problem solving and working independently
  • Digital expertise – web, excel, social media
  • Verbal communication and salesmanship
  • Written Communication
  • Highly organized with the ability to successfully manage multiple projects at a time.
  • A team player with the ability to lead.
  • Event coordination experience.
  • College Degree



This is a full-time position. Pay scale depends on experience. Hours and pay are negotiable.


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Bozeman City Commission to approve money for Haynes Pavilion

 Grace Ditzler, Butte Reporter,  10:22pm Jan 10 2014
BOZEMAN, Mont. -On Monday, the Bozeman City Commission is expected to approve a $175,000 grant that will help with the second phase of the expansion of the Haynes Pavilion.

“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.

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Gloves Off Invitation – Sponsor a Table!

Gloves Off Gala 2014


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.