Gallatin Ice Foundation raises more than $250,000 at annual fundraiser

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

Live Auction Items announced for Gloves Off Gala

We are looking forward to another exciting Gloves Off Gala on Saturday, March 21. Below are the Live Auction items! The Gallatin Ice Foundation would like to thank our generous donors for their support and helping us elevate this event with such spectacular items!

1. Anaconda Golf Getaway

Head West and enjoy two full days of golf in historic Anaconda, MT. This package includes four 18-hole rounds at Old Works, four 18-hole rounds at Fairmont Hot Springs and lodging for one night at Fairmont Hot Springs.

Generously donated by: Geoff Wendt

2. Yellowstone Club Ski Day

Explore the spectacular beauty and superior amenities of the world’s only private ski and golf community as you and five others partake in a day of guided skiing at Yellowstone Club’s private mountain. Package includes lunch.

Generously donated by: Dan Lakatos

3. Bar Tending Party for 6

Grab your friends for a private bartending class at Bozeman’s own 14 North. Sip and savor delicious cocktails as you learn fun techniques and creative recipes while dining on tasty dishes prepared by Chef Palmer. Let 14 North inspire the budding mixologist in you!

Generously donated by: 14 North and Integrated Audio

4. Sidney Crosby Autographed Penguins Jersey

Sidney Crosby, nicknamed “The Next One,” was one of the most highly regarded draft picks in hockey history (2005). He is current captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins, a Stanley Cup Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist.

Generously donated by: HomeBase Montana

5. 7-nights at The Summit at Big Sky

Spend seven nights in a two bedroom suite at The Summit at Big Sky – one of the finest slope side properties, with lifts only 100-yards away. Guests can enjoy a fitness center with outdoor heated pool, valet car service, and on-mountain ski storage. Included in the package are daily breakfast and two Big Sky Resort lift tickets.

Generously donated by: Jon and Renae Pine

6. Wayne Gretzky Autographed Rangers Jersey

Wayne Gretzky, “the greatest hockey player ever,” played in 20 seasons in the NHL. He is the leading point-scorer in NHL history, and is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season- a feat he accomplished four times. Gretzky finished his storied NHL career in the Big Apple playing for the New York Rangers. The NHL retired his jersey #99 league wide.

Generously donated by: Peter Belschwender

7. Minnesota Wild Game

Journey over to the “State of Hockey” to watch a Minnesota Wild game during the 2015/2016 season. Four tickets and two-nights at Minnesota’s landmark hotel, the St. Paul Hotel, located just steps away from the Excel Center are included!

Generously donated by: Minnesota Wild

8. 7-Night Accomodations at Wyndham Vacation Resorts in Hawaii

Embark on a Hawaiian adventure! Choose from a 2-bedroom unit at one of the following Wyndham Vacations Resort: Wyndham Ka’eo Ka, Wyndham Bali Hai Villas, Wyndham Kauai Beach Villas or Wyndham Mauna Loa Village.

Generously donated by: John Cushman

9. Vintage, English hand made side by side shotgun by CG Bonehill from Birmingham.  c.1910.

This light weight, long gun is well-balanced and field ready. Details: 2 ½” chamber 30″ choked Sk1/ Improved Modified. Straight stocked, splintered forend, 14 ¼” length of pull, featuring highly figured wood, checkered side panels, drop points and original horn butt plate. Scalloped, double triggered action with Greener style cross bolt has gone grey – both the design and engraving made to suit the tastes of the English elite.

10. Miracle Jerseys

Do you believe in miracles? The 1980 US Olympic hockey team will forever remain etched in our memories as one of the greatest sporting events of all-time. In fact, Sports Illustrated selected the team’s victory over the Soviet Union en route to winning the gold medal as the No. 1 sports moment of the 20th century. This set includes a Lake Placid-era USA Olympic team adult-sized jersey and similar youth-sized jersey, both signed by Mike Eruzione (#21), Mark Johnson (#10), Dave Christian (#23) and the late Bob Suter (#20).

Generously donated by: Mike Eruzione, Mark Johnson, Dave Christian and Bob Suter

Gallatin Ice Foundation announces Gloves Off Gala Silent Auction Items

The Gallatin Ice Foundation is grateful for the support and generosity of the merchants and members who have donated to make the 5th annual Gloves Off Gala such special evening.

Please make a note of the donors listed and help us thank them with your patronage! 

Pampering Spa Basket  Health Works Institute
Gear Fumigation  Buffalo Restoration
Coffee for a Year  Coldsmoke Coffee House and Waypoint Outdoor
DIRECT BUY: Family or Children’s Portrait Session  Winslow Studio
Ski Big Sky  Big Sky Resort
Snowflake Earrings and Pendant  Sarah Angst
Orignal Hand Painted Linocut  Sarah Angst
Greeting Cards  Sarah Angst
Dog Bed and Toys  West Paw Design
Golf Outing  Black Bull
Learn to Skate  Bozeman Figure Skating Club
Salon Treatment  Theory
Cake and Cupcakes  Sugar & Spice and Everything Iced
On Location Family Session  Erin Kaye Photography
Shabby Chic Antique Chair  Kim Harding Designs
Crossfit Starter Package  Bozeman Figure Skating Club
Family Portrait  Mariah Allen Photography
Car Wash and Wax  Kelli Javing
3-Nights at Lazy M Cabin  Laurel Koller
HHL Membership and New Gear  BAHA and Play It Again Sports
Isagenix Gift Bag  A Healthful Life MT (Jackie Gilmore)
Gordie Howe Autogrpahed Puck  Rob Tallon
Cross Training Classes  Main Street Fitness
Dog Adoption, Training and Grooming  Heart of the Valley, Paws & People, LLC and Dogs & Suds
Men’s Arc’teryx Bakset  Waypoint Outdoor
Women’s Arc’teryx Vest  Waypoint Outdoor
1-Hour Private Flight for Four  Dick Rodgers
Haynes Banner Advertising  BAHA
Haynes Dasher Board Advertising  BAHA
Scuba Lessons for Two  Halocline Scuba (Hunter Lacey)
Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two  Endeavor Ballooning and Mites
Hunting Basket  Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply
1/2 Day Guided Fishing/Sightseeing Trip on Yellowstone Lake  Xanterra Parks & Resorts and Delaware North
Cooler of Booze  Puck Ups
Pilates Basket  Bridger Pilates and Wellness
2015/2016 HHL Registration Platinum Package  BAHA and Top Shelf Hockey
2015/2016 HHL Pre-Season Team Package  BAHA and Bar 3 Bar-B-Q
St. Louis Blues Autographed Jersey and Alexander Steen Autographed Hat  Bob Mielnik and Jon and Renae Piine
Mike Modano Autographed Jersey  Bob Mielnik
Mountain Maids Gift Certificate  Mountain Maids of Montana
Cooking Class for Two  Olivelle
Sweet as Honey Basket  Bozeman Stingers Hockey Club
Jason Aldean Concert Date Night  The Bay
Red Army Premier Night for Two  14 North
Dinner for Two at 14 North  14 North
Hot Yoga Classes  Bend Beyond
Philipsburg Mountain Bike Trip  Discovery, Broadway Hotel, Philipsburg Brewing Co.
Brewery Basket  Madison River Brewing Co., Outlaw Brewery, 406 Brewing, Bozone Brewing, Bridger Brewing,
Framed Dog Portraits  Geoff Wendt
Two 90-minute Hot Stone Massages  Mountain Massage Therapy
$50 Party Gift Certificate  Arts on Fire
Digital/Mixed Media Giclée Print  Orlando Piva
Icedogs Fan Basket  GM Sports LLC/Bozeman Icedogs
(2) 1-Night Stays in Mountain View Room  Holiday Inn
(1) 1-Night Stay in the Executive Suite  Holiday Inn
MSU Basket  Renae Pine, Waypoint Outdoor and Montana Title and Escrow
Steampunk Guitar by Brian Zimmer  Brian and Chanelle Zimmer
Sitka Stormfront Jacket  Sitka
Three Forks Getaway  Sacajawea Inn and Space Cowboys
1/2 Cord of Seasoned Hardwood  On Site Management
Storage Space  Your Storage Space
Oboz Swag  Oboz
Kauai Wire Rooster Sculpture  Antler Creek Wildlife Creations
Lanny McDonald Autographed Jersey  Lanny McDonald
Antler Lamp
Montana Sign made of Recycled Pallet Wood  Peter Moore
Red Army Premier Night for Four  Dave’s Sushi
Delectable Wines and Woodturned Stoppers  John Angst – Vellinga Real Estate
Hand Crafted Live Edge Sofa Table  An Old Guy
Framed ‘Gloves Off Gala’ Series Posters  Old Main Main Gallery
Dave Christain Autographed Puck and Miracle Movie  Dave Christian
Phranchise Phun Bundle  Glue Phactory, Phatties and Pharm Pharm
Bronze Sulpture  Mitch Billis
Miracle BAHA Pucks and Case   Mike Eruzione, Mark Johnson and Bob Suter
Fly Fishing Rod, Line and Reel  Angler’s West Fly Fishing Outfitters and Bozeman Reel Company (Matson Rogers and Ed Tompkins)
Guided Fishing Trip  Dave McKee

Gallatin Ice Foundation receives $100,000 gift to ‘Raise the Ice Barn’

Bozeman – The Gallatin Ice Foundation announced today that it has received a $100,000 gift to continue progress on the “Raise the Ice Barn” campaign – a project to build a year-round ice arena at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds.

Chelsea Schmidt, development director for the Gallatin Ice Foundation, says the donor, who would like to remain anonymous, wanted to advance the project so that youth in the Gallatin Valley would have more opportunities to participate in ice-related activities.

“We are humbled by the generosity and thought behind this gift. Being able to provide more ice time for youth in particular has been one of our goals,” said Schmidt. “This gift will help us move forward into step two, making that goal a reality.”

Construction for step one of the project concluded in December, and included construction of the Ice Barn’s 36,500-square-foot steel frame and a new parking lot on the east side of Haynes Pavilion. Schmidt said that construction has been in a planned pause since late last year, so the foundation could focus on fundraising for step two.

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.

“It is the most critical phase of the project, as it gets us to a second sheet of skate-able ice,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt noted that construction of the Ice Barn will resume when funding is in place, which could be as early as April.

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

GIF announces matching donor for #GivingTuesday


It’s #GivingTuesday and we are excited to announce that an anonymous donor has pledged up to $5,000 in matching funds for any donations that are made to the Gallatin Ice Foundation today!

That means YOUR donation will be DOUBLED!

Visit and click Donate Now! or stop by the GIF’s log cabin between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. today!

 Can’t make a financial contribution? There are many other ways to support the Gallatin Ice Foundation, including volunteering your time/expertise and helping us spread the word to our community about the “Raise the Ice Barn” campaign. Contact me for more information on how to get involved!

From all of us at the Gallatin Ice Foundation, we thank you for your support!



Save the Date and Give Ice on Dec. 2



A week from today, the Gallatin Ice Foundation will celebrate #GivingTuesday – a global movement that encourages personal philanthropy. Following Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, it is a day that reminds us that the holidays can be about both giving and giving back.

 At the Gallatin Ice Foundation, our mission is to fund ice related activities and facilities for the health and wellness of our communities. We are doing that by uniting ice users, Gallatin County, the City of Bozeman and others under a common goal – to build an expanded year-round ice facility at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds. A testament of our efforts (and your support) thus far is standing just west of Haynes Pavilion.

But in order for this project to come to fruition, we need additional support in a variety of levels from individuals, families and businesses. To inspire you, we’ve asked skaters, families and friends what the new facility will mean for them. Take a look at what some of them had to say…

Louie Pertzborn Rob Tallon Eagle Mount 3 Bill Cochran Penguins GF Kelly Gorham

Find more photos on our Facebook page!

If you want to help us make year-round ice a cold, hard reality in the Gallatin Valley, we encourage you to make a donation to the GIF that’s significant to you onTuesday, Dec. 2.

Let’s finish raising the Ice Barn!


The Ice Barn: Standing Tall

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The Ice Barn (aka Haynes Jr.) is standing tall! Steel work will be completed later this week and starting next week, crews will begin working on the roofing panels (which should take 2-3 weeks). Martel Construction estimates that they will complete this project by Dec. 5th.

Coffee for a Cause

The Gallatin Ice Foundation (GIF) has been chosen as the Leaf and Bean’s specialty drink beneficiary from Nov. 16-30 – which means that a portion of sales of the following two drinks will be donated to the “Raise the Ice Barn” campaign:

Stanley Cup of Cider: Cider with maple syrup and whip

Warming Hut Mocha: Toasted marshmallow mocha with whip and a dust of cinnamon

Please consider supporting the GIF and the Leaf and Bean by purchasing a drink (or two) throughout the last part of November. Help us spread the word to make this the most successful “Coffee for a Cause” event yet. Share a photo of your favorite GIF specialty drink on Facebook and get entered into a drawing for two IceDogs tickets and a $15 gift card to the Leaf and Bean. Just make sure you tag Gallatin Ice Foundation!

As always,  if you have any questions or would like more information contact me at or 406-579-5763.


Week 12 Construction Update and Upcoming Events


We continue to make progress on Step 1 of the Ice Barn construction. Eight truckloads of steel arrived on Oct. 22 and crews worked through the weekend to get the roof panels bolted together. Next week, two cranes will move in to lift and connect the panels 50-ft above the ground. It should be quite the site!

The Gallatin Ice Foundation (GIF) would like to invite skaters, friends, family and other supporters to leave your mark on the new facility, by signing the last piece of structural steel before the building is topped off. Markers will be located in the GIF’s log cabin – just east of the Haynes Pavilion entrance. Consider stopping by at one the following times:

  • Thursday, Oct. 30, from 4-6pm
  • Friday, Oct. 31, from 3-5pm
  • Saturday, Nov. 1, from Noon-2pm

Other exciting things happening in the next month:

From Nov. 16-30, the Leaf and Bean will be donating 10% of their specialty drink sales to the GIF. Specialty drinks will be announced soon! Please consider supporting the GIF and the Leaf and Bean by purchasing a drink (or two…or three) throughout the last part of November.

On Nov. 20, the GIF will be partnering with Eagle Mount to host a sled hockey clinic at Haynes Pavilion. Thanks to the generosity of Eagle Mount Great Falls, 19 people (of all ages/abilities) will have an opportunity to be outfitted with sleds and equipment and try their skills on ice.

Also, on Tuesday, Dec. 2, the GIF will be participating in #GivingTuesday. Coinciding with Thanksgiving and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday encourages people to take a collaborative action to improve their local communities by giving back to the non-profits and causes they support.

For more information on any of these activities, follow us on Facebook or contact me at or 406-579-5763.


Development Director

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Week 9 Update on Haynes Pavilion Expansion


We are officially more than halfway through Step 1 of the Ice Barn construction. Concrete work has concluded and crews began backfilling the footings yesterday to prepare for the steel, which will begin arriving on Monday (Oct. 13). Erecting the steel frame is going to take approximately 4 weeks, keeping us right on schedule for a mid-November completion.

 The Gallatin Ice Foundation knows that Step 1 would not have been possible without you, our skating community, and we would like to give you an opportunity to leave a mark on the new building. So, in late October, we will be inviting skaters, friends, family and other supporters to sign the last piece of structural steel before the building is topped off. More information to follow soon!

 And while we may (quite literally) be raising the Ice Barn over the next few weeks, there is still a lot of work to do. Our team remains focused on securing the $1.5 million needed for Step 2 of this project – which will allow us to enclose and insulate the building, build the mechanical room addition, and install the ice plant and refrigerated rink/slab floor.

We are seeking support, from individuals, families, businesses and foundations that recognize the importance of extraordinary community support.  A limited number of naming opportunities are also available, including naming the facility and rink. So if you, or someone you know, would like to contribute or get more involved, please let us know.

As always, we appreciate your past and continued support and hope to see you at the rink!



Pouring Concrete Footings - Sept. 15

Pouring Concrete Footings – Sept. 15

Pouring Concrete Footings - Sept. 15

Pouring Concrete Footings – Sept. 15

Construction Site Banner - Sept. 24

Construction Site Banner – Sept. 24

Concrete Footings Waiting for Backfill and Steel - Oct. 6

Concrete Footings Waiting for Backfill and Steel – Oct. 6