Save the Date: #GivingTuesday set for Dec. 1


On Dec. 1 the Gallatin Ice Foundation will celebrate #GivingTuesday and kick off a super-sized month of giving.

What is #GivingTuesday? 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. It is a global movement that encourages personal philanthropy and proves that when ordinary people come together, they can accomplish extraordinary things.

Last year, 35 people helped us raise more than $10,000 for year-round ice on #GivingTuesday. This year, our goal is to receive 100 unique donations in only 24 hours. We humbly encourage you to consider making a donation that’s significant to you on Dec. 1; whether its $5 or $500, your donation will push us closer to the goal line. Donations can be made online or by visiting us at Haynes Pavilion on Dec. 1.

Additionally, the GIF has partnered with a few local businesses to super-size giving opportunities in December. Check out the calendar of events below and click on the links to learn more. We hope to see you soon!



Upcoming Events
Dec. 1 – Giving Tuesday
ALL DAY online and from 12:30-8pm at Haynes Pavilion
Dec. 2 – Hockey Night
starting at 6 pm at the Rocking R Bar
Dec. 5 – Christmas Stroll 
from 4:30-7:30pm at Taco del Sol in Downtown Bozeman
Dec. 9 – Hockey Night
starting at 6 pm at the Rocking R Bar
Dec.16 – Raise the Barn Wednesday
from 5-7pm at Outlaw Brewing
Dec. 23 – Hockey Night
starting at 6 pm at the Rocking R Bar
Dec. 30 – Hockey Night
starting at 6 pm at the Rocking R Bar

GIF Update: What’s the Status of the Ice Barn?


The Gallatin Ice Foundation has had an eventful fall, and since much of what we do is behind the scenes, we wanted to share with you an update on construction and fundraising as we head into the busyness of the holiday season.

As you may know, we broke ground on Step IIA – the mechanical room expansion – in August. Due to Zamboni travel every 90 minutes during the season, and that construction will take place in, over and around this critical space, it was necessary to lay some ground work before the ice went in.  If you look closely on site, you’ll see that a portion of the floor is already poured and the new snow dump is formed.

Now we are gearing up to continue work on the mechanical room later this month. The fabricated structural steel has been delivered on site, electrical transformers are in town and the electrical switch gear is on order. One of the most exciting parts of this construction step is that the ice plant, which was originally housed at the Valley Ice Garden, will be craned into place at its new home at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds.

What’s next for the project? We are in design development for Phase IIB, which will yield the second sheet of skate-able ice. It includes refurbishing the ice plant so that it will have the capacity to run both rinks, installation of the refrigerated rink slab and floor, boards and glass and enclosing the facility.  We are hopeful to start this step in the spring of the New Year.

How close are we to skate-able ice? We estimate that $1 million is needed to fully complete Phase II. The GIF is encouraged by our progress to date and excited about our future. We know that our success is largely impacted by the continued generosity of our community and are hopeful that with the combined effort of our community partners, we could be skating by next season.

As always, THANK YOU for your continued support and for championing this project. December is going to be an exciting and busy month for the GIF, so stay tuned for important announcements and events. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.



Ice Barn project now in Phase 2

Bozeman – The Gallatin Ice Foundation announced today that Martel Construction will break ground on Phase II of the ‘Raise the Ice Barn’ project on Monday, Aug. 24. The groundbreaking concludes the foundation’s planned construction pause after completing the first phase of the project late last year.

Chelsea Schmidt, development director for the Gallatin Ice Foundation, explained that construction will start in the mechanical room, which will more than double its current size.

“The mechanical room expansion is one of the most critical and complicated parts of the project.” said Schmidt. “Internally, we call it the heart, as it will eventually hold everything that is essential to making sure both the new ice rink and Haynes Pavilion rink run smoothly.”

The full scope of Phase II will also include enclosing the building, installation of the ice plant, refrigerated rink slab and floor, and building lighting. The completion of this phase will result in a skate-able sheet of ice, doubling Bozeman’s capacity for indoor ice sports.

Currently, Haynes Pavilion, which is set to re-open as an ice arena on Sept. 28, is the only refrigerated rink within 90-miles of Bozeman. It hosts skaters from 6 a.m. to midnight every day of its limited seven-month season.

“This new facility will allow us to meet current demands, add more skaters and programs, host regional tournaments  and provide training for competitive figure skaters,” said Schmidt.

The Gallatin Ice Foundation does not have an expected opening date for the new ice arena, but noted that they are actively pursuing fundraising opportunities to achieve that goal as soon as possible. The total project is expected to cost $4.5 million.

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

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust grants $222,000 for Bozeman’s new ice arena

Bozeman – The Bozeman Amateur Hockey Association, in partnership with the Gallatin Ice Foundation, has been awarded a $222,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to continue progress on Bozeman’s second refrigerated ice arena at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds.

The ‘Raise the Ice Barn’ project, which has been in a planned construction pause since late last year, has already constructed a paved parking lot, new entryway into Haynes Pavilion and the Ice Barn’s 36,500-square-foot steel frame.

“We are thrilled that the M.J. Murdock Trust has agreed to partner with us on this project,” said Chelsea Schmidt, development director for the Gallatin Ice Foundation. “Their support means we can take our finger of the pause button and get to work on the next phase of construction.”

Funds from the grant will be used towards the expansion of the mechanical room and installation of the ice plant. The full scope of the project’s second phase also includes installation of the refrigerated rink slab and floor, lighting and interim locker rooms and seating.

Schmidt said they are still roughly $1 million short from completing Phase Two.

“Fundraising remains our top priority and our goal is to develop the project into a revenue generating facility as quickly as possible,” said Schmidt. “Ultimately, we believe in forward momentum and will advance construction as far as the funding will allow.”

Schmidt said that drawings are being finalized and construction on Step Two is slated to begin once the building permit is received.

For more information or to make a contribution, contact Schmidt at 406-579-5763 or


Save the Date: Red Army at The Ellen, May 9

The Gallatin Ice Foundation will team up with the Bozeman Film Society on Saturday, May 9, to screen the riveting documentary Red Army at The Ellen Theatre. This award-winning film tells the Cold War era story of the Russian National Hockey team, its star player Slava Fetisov, and how the course of international hockey was changed through courage and dedication.

{Watch the trailer here.}

This all-ages evening kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with special guests from the Bozeman Senior A Stingers and Bozeman Icedog mascots. Raffle tickets by GIF will support the “Raise the Ice Barn” campaign. Movie tickets may be purchased by calling the Ellen box office at 585-5885, online at or by visiting The Ellen’s box office (check website for hours.) 

ELLEN THEATRE TICKETS: $9.75/GA; $9.25/SR & ST; $8.00/12 yrs & under


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