The bar was set high: a $75,000 matching challenge of new and increased year-end gifts. And true to form our community responded, resoundingly.
Thanks to the tremendous outpouring of support, Five Valleys is very pleased to report that we have met our matching challenge! A sincere thank you to each and every member who helped us reach our goal. Your support means that we can continue our mission to protect and preserve our watersheds, wildlife habitat, family farms and ranches, and our ability to enjoy the open spaces we all cherish.
In addition to our matching challenge, donors who gave new or increased gifts online were entered to win weekly premiums, as well our grand prize drawing to win two-night stay at our Rock Creek Confluence Property cabin. We hope you had as much fun winning premiums as we did drawing winners! Congrats to Anne Stone, the winner of the two-night stay at the Confluence Cabin!
"You have to remember: the land owns you. You never own the land. You're looking after the old ones that came before, and all their hard work, by keeping the land in an ag-based, wildlife-friendly conservation easement." - Joe Boyer, Five Valleys conservation easement landowner
“When I think about the open spaces around Missoula, I feel grateful for those in the past who had the foresight to protect such a priceless resource for our community. I also feel a duty to carry on the work and legacy of keeping open spaces accessible for all. Our open spaces are an integral part of who we are as a community, and they directly impact our public health, economy and so much more.” – Mike Foote, Five Valleys member
"Growing up in a city, I am so thankful our daughters get to grow up in a place that they can hike and bike out their back door, where they are able to see and understand our need for working farms and wild lands. I hope as our next generation of conservationists, they will value this by living in it. I feel like the work of Five Valleys is making this possible for them." - Amber Sherrill, Outgoing President of the Five Valleys Board
Header photo by Mark Mesenko
Joe Boyer photo by Paul Lebel
Mike Foote photo by Steven Gnam
Amber Sherrill photo by Five Valleys staff