Gloves Off Gala raises more than $250,000 for year-round ice

Last week, more than 330 people gathered together for the 6th annual Gloves Off Gala to celebrate and support the Gallatin Ice Foundation. It was nothing short of amazing {pictures coming soon} and I’m proud to report that we raised more than $250,000 for the ‘Raise the Ice Barn’ campaign. We are humbled by this success and feel incredibly fortunate to be part of such a supportive and energetic community!

At the Gala, we had the honor and privilege to premier four videos from the incredibly talented crew at Step 1 Films. The videos follow members of the Gallatin Valley ice community and truly capture the essence of why a second refrigerated ice sheet is needed in Bozeman to help our programs and participants grow and develop. I encourage you to take a few moments to not only watch these videos, but to share them with your friends, colleagues and family as well. 

Raise the Ice Barn 2016 Videos
Gloves Off Gala Appeal:
Adult Hockey:


Over the next few weeks, the GIF will be focused on completing construction on the mechanical room addition (update found below) and finalizing plans for Phase IIB. I look forward to sharing our official next construction step with you very soon. Again thank you for your continued support and for being champions of this project. Together, we are building an ice arena that will be enjoyed by our community for generations to come.


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