Bridger man reaches fundraising goal as Yellowstone Valley Gives closes

Posted at 4:27 PM, May 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 15:06:32-04

BILLINGS – Yellowstone Valley Gives, the annual push for donations to local charities, wrapped up Friday and a Bridger carpenter said the event helped him break his fund-raising goal.

Rich Holstein said Friday that he surpassed his lifetime donation goal of donating $400,000 to charity.

Hosltein has been raising money for years, selling his handmade picture frames built with wood from Yellowstone National Park’s historic Old Faithful Inn.

Heading into Yellowstone Valley Gives, Holstein was about $5,000 short of his big goal. But now, he’s reached $400,750 dollars for charity.

The event featured over 100 local non-profits.

It was an emotional moment for Holstein, who has devoted much of his life to giving back.

He said his daughter will carry on this family value with the sale of a table she built for Fromberg 4-H at an event Friday night.

Reporting by Aja Goare for MTN News