New $50,000 match announced for MTN Montana Wildfire Relief fund

GREAT FALLS- MTN and the Montana Community Foundation have announced a new $50,000 match to the MTN Montana Wildfire Relief Fund.

The money for the match has been generously donated by Carl and Kay Carbon of Great Falls. Their donation will match funds contributed after 5 p.m. on Sept. 29.

As of Friday, the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund had received 44 new donations representing $4,450. That brings the total number of contributions to 1,030 totaling $287,646.

Montana Television Network parent company Cordillera Communications matched the first $50,000 raised. The Mountain Sky Guest Ranch Fund and Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation also matched $50,000.

The Montana Shirt Co. contributed $25,000 to the fund. American Bank and PureWest Christies International Real Estate have contributed $10,000 apiece.

The Shopko Foundation and the Alice Lee Lund Charitable Trust of Great Falls have each donated $5,000.

Every donation – no matter how small it may seem – can help make a difference, and demonstrates that people across Montana and beyond care about the Treasure State and the people who make it special.

More than 4,000 firefighters have been involved in the battle against the fires this season; two of them lost their lives fighting fires in western Montana. An estimated 1,295,959 acres have burned this year across Montana (as of September 20).

The grant application for the funds begins Oct. 9.

GIVE BY MAIL: Mail your check payable to the Montana Community Foundation, PO Box 1145, Helena, MT 59624-1145. Write “Montana Fire Relief Fund” in the memo line.

GIVE ONLINE: Click here