Last night, the Community Foundation of Teton Valley hosted the Awards Party for the 9th Annual Tin Cup Challenge, inviting nonprofits, Challengers, donors and volunteers to the Wildwood Room in Victor, ID where we announced the results of the 2016 fundraising event.
“This year, we had our most successful Tin Cup Challenge yet, raising $1,263,829 directly benefitting our local nonprofits. Our group fundraising efforts through the 2016 Tin Cup Challenge raised over $1 million for the sixth year in a row and $9.5 million in just 9 years!” exclaimed Carrie Mowrey, Executive Director.
The news was met with a chorus of cheers from attendees who took a moment to celebrate how fortunate we all are to live in a community where generosity has become woven into the fabric of our lives. The celebrating continued as nonprofit representatives picked up their checks that included a 50% matching grant for all funds raised during the Tin Cup Challenge giving period, up to the cap of $25,000.
“Because of the 2016 Tin Cup Challenge, Seniors West of the Tetons will be able to continue to provide community lunches, home delivered meals, health and fitness clinics and classes, and just plain, good times with good friends to combat loneliness for the Seniors of Teton Valley,” said Bruce Mason, Board Chair.
With the support of 136 Challengers, 59 Friends of the Challenge and 964 designated gifts to participating nonprofits, the 9th Annual Tin Cup Challenge has been the most successful event to date. “We are a rural community with scarce resources. Sadly, there is a history of silent suffering in Teton Valley and our local government has limited resources to address the many needs of our citizens. Instead, YOU bring the solutions to these problems with creativity and collaboration. YOU provide our animal shelter, women’s shelter, food pantry, mental health services, recreational and cultural opportunities, support our schools and libraries, promote conservation and protect our environment,” said Carrie as she addressed the crowd.
Without the nonprofits that work tirelessly for our community, without the unwavering support of our donors, and without the generosity that is a part of the Teton Valley culture, this community would be vastly different than it is today. The health of our community is dependent upon the health and vitality of our local nonprofits, and the 9th Annual Tin Cup Challenge provided the funds that will help our local nonprofits continue their work to improve lives in Teton Valley.