Leading Montana Lewis & Clark Organizations Join Together to Conduct Fundraising Campaign - 7/20/02
HELENA – Five of Montana's leading Lewis and Clark historic perservation, education and cultural organizations have united to conduct an integrated fundraising campaign to prepare for the upcoming Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commemoration.
The five organizations include: the Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission, Helena; the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center Foundation, Great Falls; Travelers' Rest Preservation and Heritage Association, Lolo; Pompeys Pillar Historical Association, Billings; and the Montana Historical Society, Helena. The fundraising campaign will be called the Montana Lewis & Clark Legacy Campaign, and it will be managed by the Montana History Foundation, headquartered in Helena.
"Given the extensive number and the diversity of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial events being planned statewide, it made sense for the organizations to join forces to raise money for the top priority projects through a coordinated collaborative campaign," said Clint Blackwood, executive director of the Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission.
The campaign has been organized by a Coordinating Committee, consisting of two representatives from each organization. In addition to the Coordinating Committee, a Steering Committee, which will help raise funds, is being developed. It will include business, civic, education, and philanthropic leaders from throughout the state.
"The partnership of these five cultural and historic preservation associations is unprecedented," said Loren Flynn, executive director of Travelers' Rest Preservation and Heritage Association. "It is our goal to create an opportunity for Montanans and visitors alike with our collaborative effort. It is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to help create a legacy that will last beyond the Bicentennial commemorative years."
The Bicentennial is a national multi-year event that will culmimate in Montana in 2005 and 2006. Montana's state and federal agencies, communities, tribes and organizations will commemorate the Bicentennial in a variety of ways. For information on the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commemoration in Montana, visit http://www.montanalewisandclark.org.