RL Fun Run Awards help Community leap ahead

By: 
Eleanor Guerrero
CCN Senior Reporter

Photos by Eleanor Guerrero Kelly Heaton Executive Director of DSVS accepted the largest award of Fun Run funds raised, $30,241.

On Thursday, Oct. 12, Red Lodge Area Community Foundation (RLACF) celebrated their 14th annual Fun Run by awarding 56 local charities the funds from the efforts of a combination of local communities, visitors, individuals and businesses,
RLACF Executive Director, Tracy Timmons said “This celebrates 14 years of doing good for the people, places, animals, and ideas that make Carbon County the place we all love!” The charities help people and animals of the region with varied things from homes for furry orphans to providing special expensive orthopedic shoes to diabetics.

The FUNRUN raised an amazing $222,638, of which $199,614 will be distributed to local charities for a total of $2.350 million raised since its inception.

“Things are changing!” raved Timmons noting the recent grand opening of Old Roosevelt School as a place for the arts, which also served as the site of the evening’s event.

Participating charity members donated volunteer time as well as ran for their respective charities. In fact, volunteers exceeded the minimum help hours required for the Run. Timmons noted with pride that year all prizes were local.
There were 8 major categories that received large sums for their various separate charities. Timmons welcomed the charities to explain “How this money is going to change our community over the next year or keep it great!”

Safe & Healthy received a total of $53,565 with DSVS receiving the highest at $30,241. Executive Director Kelly Heaton said she was “overwhelmed and just couldn’t be happier” by the generosity of the community. DSVS has spread to five Montana counties and their Power Up and Speak Out has reached over 500 teachers and 27,000 children. They are creating “tool kits” for outside Montana. The kits enable kids to have the tools for healthy relationships so they will “not show up at our doorsteps at DSVS.”
The Great Outdoors received a total of $40,893 with Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary receiving the highest amount of $22,333. In an emotional response, YWS Administrator Sue Glock said, “We made a promise to our animals that we’d give them the best forever homes that we can!” The funds will go towards “better or new homes” for the residents.

Heritage Preservation received “$26,431 with the bulk of funds going to Buses of Yellowstone Preservation Trust of $17,216.

Get Active received a total of $10,726 with the City Pool Endowment receiving the most at $2,578.

Connected Youth received a total of $33,052 with Hope Ranch receiving the highest at $14,119. Arts and Culture received at total of $16,342 with the Carbon County Arts Guild receiving $4,649. CCAG Executive Director Kim Kapalka said the funds will be used towards “art education and outreach: funding arts in rural schools and traveling art exhibitions. Resilient Community received a total of $12,193 with RLACF receiving $5,960. Serving Neighbors received a total of $29,431 with Operation Second Chance receiving $11,545. See full results at rlacf.org.

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