On August 25, 2014 the Community Foundation of Teton Valley invited nonprofits, Challengers, donors and volunteers to the 7th Annual Tin Cup Challenge Awards Party held at the Wildwood Room in Victor, ID. “The night serves as the close to the 7th Annual Tin Cup Challenge, a time to gather in celebration of the spirit of generosity in our community and give thanks to all those who make this event such a huge success each year,” said Communications & Events Director, Dawn Banks. And, once again, the event did not disappoint as Community Foundation of Teton Valley Executive Director, Carrie Mowrey, announced that the 2014 Tin Cup Challenge event raised $1,193,370 for the Teton Valley nonprofit community.
“Together as a nonprofit community we raised over $1 million for the fourth year in a row. In seven years, the Tin Cup Challenge has raised over $7 million for Teton Valley’s nonprofits, a truly remarkable achievement for a population of 10,000 residents and only one stoplight!” Said Mowrey.
With the support of 113 Community Challengers, 83 Friends of the Challenge and 948 designated gifts to participating nonprofits, the 7th Annual Tin Cup Challenge has been the most successful event to date with 56% of participating nonprofits raising more funds than last year and 9 organizations raising $25,000 or more. The air of excitement carried through the evening as Executive Directors, Board Members and representatives from the nonprofits celebrated their success and excitedly discussed what they could now do with the funds awarded. “We nearly doubled the amount raised for HAPI Trails this year. In fact, with the money that we raised we will be able to cover the cost of our currently fostered horses for the year!” Said Julie Martin-Stacey, volunteer Executive Director for HAPI Trails Horse Adoption Program.
According to Mowrey, “The Tin Cup Challenge is truly a remarkable opportunity for the Teton Valley nonprofit community and this year was no exception. These nonprofits serve critical needs and provide excellent resources within our community and we truly appreciate the incredible work that they do. The Tin Cup Challenge is a way for the community to support all the great work being done to make the Teton Valley a better place to live.”
Food for the hungry, education for our children, protection of our natural resources, shelter for the abused and abandoned, quality healthcare, cultural and artistic opportunities; the list goes on and on when it comes to what these nonprofits provide. And today, thanks to the Tin Cup Challenge, participating nonprofits can do more of this work in their efforts to make our community a better place.