Gallatin Ice Foundation and Ressler Motors announce naming rights partnership

The Gallatin Ice Foundation announced today a new 10-year corporate partnership with Ressler Motors Company. The deal includes rink naming rights within the ice arena that is currently under construction just west of Haynes Pavilion at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds.

The rink will be called Ressler Motors Ice Rink.

“We could not be more proud to have Ressler Motors’ as a long term partner,” said Chelsea Williams, executive director of the Gallatin Ice Foundation. “It is another shining example of their commitment to supporting our community.

Ressler Motors Ice Rink will be the only year-round refrigerated ice rink in the state and will host activities such as hockey, figure skating and curling. It is expected to be operational at some point during the 2016/2017 season.

“Entering into this agreement is more than just a naming sponsorship for Ressler Motors,” said Harmony Sochor, Ressler Motors public relations manager. “It’s an opportunity for us to invest in our community, our local economy and in the Gallatin Valley families who will use this rink for many years to come.”

Williams says that this is the first naming rights deal for the Gallatin Ice Foundation’s Ice Barn project, and that venue naming rights and other sponsorship opportunities for the new ice arena are still available.

In honor of the announcement, admission fees for the Bozeman Icedogs Feb. 6 game against the Billings Bulls at Haynes Pavilion will be waived.

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

Ressler Motors Ice Rink Rendering

Cheers to 2015



As 2015 comes to an end, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge what a great year it has been for the Gallatin Ice Foundation.  From receiving a record number of donations and breaking ground on Phase II of our project, to collaborating with community partners for events like the screening of Red Army at The Ellen and “Raise the Barn Wednesday’s” at Outlaw Brewing, it has truly been one for the books.

Thank you all for your continued support and for making our progress possible. I’m inspired by what we accomplished this year and know that we have so much more to look forward to in 2016.

From all of us at the Gallatin Ice Foundation, Happy New Year!



P.S.  TONIGHT is Hockey Night at the Rocking R Bar and the last night to enter to win tickets to the NHL Stadium Series at Coors Field between the Red Wings and Avalanche. Plus $1 for every draft beer purchased will be donated to the Gallatin Ice Foundation!

Stadium Series

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