Teton Valley Foundation: $2,500
The Community Foundation of Teton Valley is honored to award this $2,500 grant to the Teton Valley Foundation for purchasing 15 new fencing sections to replace sections that are in disrepair. The Community Foundation strongly supports new fencing to provide safe and effective fencing for Music on Main and additional nonprofit events.
Since 2005, Teton Valley Foundation (TVF) has served a broad community sector by providing skating and hockey programs for kids and adults of all ages, first by flooding to create a rudimentary outdoor “rink,” then at the Kotler Ice Arena each winter. During the summer months, visitors and locals by the hundreds flock to Victor City Park for Music on Main, TVF’s free all-ages-welcome eight-week concert series. Its programs and music series have grown each year exponentially—this past year saw a 20% increase in weekly users at Kotler Ice Arena, and Music on Main continues to attract more and more attendance each year.
Behind the scenes at both Kotler Arena and Music on Main, dozens of intricate pieces must fall into place to ensure the success of TVF’s programs. One crucial piece of this puzzle is the portable fencing that borders the park’s perimeter. This fencing is a permit requirement of both the City and County and serves as a key safety component by directing patrons to the front entrance each week. The fencing is key to making Teton Valley Foundation programming happen successfully. Without safe and reliable fencing, TVF cannot safely cordon off spectators from snow slide areas at the Kotler Arena or control crowds at Music on Main. Over time, some of the organization’s existing 100 fence sections have fallen into disrepair. The need for functional fencing is not limited to its own use. TVF prides itself on collaborating with other Teton Valley nonprofits and its partnering businesses to support their events and, in turn, their contributions to the community. For safety reasons, TVF is no longer willing to loan all its fencing due to the disrepair of some sections.
This grant will allow the Teton Valley Foundation to purchase 15 new fencing sections, by which TVF can ensure a smooth-running concert series, abide by its permitting requirements, and ultimately increase Teton Valley Foundation’s ability to work together to support other nonprofit organizations through loaning its fencing in support of other events.
The Community Foundation commends the important work of the Teton Valley Foundation and supports the purchase of 15 new fencing sections. New and reliable fencing is an integral part of fulfilling TVF’s mission to provide safe, quality programs while also giving it the ability to help others fulfill theirs.