Support Slow Food in the Tetons in the 19th Annual Old Bill’s Fun Run for Charities! The Old Bill’s 2015 giving period begins on August 1, and all donations must be received by the Community Foundation by September 18, 2015 at 5pm. Please write one check payable to Community Foundation of Jackson Hole. All checks must be accompanied by an official red donor form. Donors may also give with a credit card online at www.oldbills.org. Information can be found at the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole office as well as various local businesses and nonprofits.
From the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole
Every September the people of Jackson Hole show their generosity of sprite through Old Bill’s Fun Run for Charities. In the months leading up to the event, local philanthropists make gifts – from 50 cents to $500,000- to their favorite causes. Participating is fun, because Old Bill’s makes giving easy – donors need only fill out one form and write one check to give to as many local organizations as they like. Then, as summer winds down over 3.600 people come together for one of the biggest celebrations of community spirit and support in the country. They day is filled with a Fun Run and Walk, entertainment, food and informational booths. The magic of a community celebration combined with ease of giving has increased awareness about the work of local organizations and raised nearly $91 million in the last sixteen years.
Old Bill’s Fun Run for Charities, produced annually by the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, is a unique challenge grant opportunity that benefits the entire community on a grand scale. The first event of its kind in the nation, the idea came from an anonymous couple known as Mr. and Mrs. Old Bill. Their vision expanded the charitable pie in Jackson Hole by encouraging the community to participate in philanthropy. In all, their challenge has totaled $8.5 million over 17 years to match a percentage of all money raised by the community. While Mr. and Mrs. Old Bill lead the effort , they are joined by many Co-Challengers to increase the match pool total to more than $2 million each year.
Old Bill’s Fun Run for Charities 2015 will be held Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 10am. There are several divisions including competitive and recreational 5k and 10k and a 2k fun walk. Rather than receiving prize money, winners recommend grants to their favorite charity or charities. Diaper derby winners, youngest participant and oldest participant are also awarded. Runners do not need to donate, and donors can give without running, but those who do both benefit the most!
For more information about the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole or Old Bill’s Fun Run, please visit: www.cfjacksonhole.org