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Summer 2019


Bozeman Health Foundation’s 19th Annual Hospitality event was held April 27, 2019. Proceeds from the event, We Can Be SUPER Heroes: Celebrating the Hero in Us All will support our region’s first neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The event welcomed costumed heroes of all types, from The Incredibles, Wonder Woman and Thor, to NICU parents, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, healthcare workers and first responders. Total proceeds, all in support of our region’s tiniest and most fragile patients, surpassed $500,000 this year!

As part of the evening’s program, Matt Elwell shared his experience as the parent of a baby who spent more than 120 days in a NICU. His heartfelt remembrance of the tense days and sleepless nights culminated in attendees meeting his now 14 year old daughter, Campbell, who joined him as his date for the event. Her sweet, shy smile lit up the room!

The popular silent auction featured more than 90 unique items, while the live auction spotlighted 12 exciting packages taking donors on a tour of Italian Wine, a trip to Mexico, fishing in Paradise Valley, on an exclusive Montana golf tour, and so much more. Together, the auctions raised more than $94,000. Propelling the night’s success was the Live Drive with a total of $306,500 in contributions, including a match gift from the Lehrkind family and Dr. Mark and Sandi Williams totaling $75,000, and a $75,000 anonymous gift.

We’d like to extend our gratitude to our sponsors, live and silent auction item donors, match donors, Live Drive contributors, our friends and emcees John Parkes and Matt Elwell, and all of the event attendees who helped make Hospitality 2019: We Can Be SUPER Heroes a wild success. A special thanks to the Marvels, the Hospitality planning committee, for their countless hours and hard work that helped bring the event to fruition, along with the evening’s many volunteers.

Mark your calendar for the 20th annual Hospitality scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2020.

Campaign Dollars Raised Status Bar (2) <pull from cafeteria board>

ICU Remaining Capital Commitment ($6 million goal, $1,996,577 remaining to raise)

NICU Remaining Capital Commitment ($2 million goal, $1,142,966 remaining to raise)

Caring Forward Campaign Physician Giving thru July 2019: $1.1 million in gifts and pledges from more than 111 physicians. Special thanks to our medical staff for more than tripling their remarkable generosity made toward the Emergency Department campaign.

Murdock Charitable Trust Awards Top-Off Grant Toward ICU

Bozeman Health Foundation has been granted a generous $350,000 capstone grant by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust in support of the new Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital. Bozeman Health Foundation’s Caring Forward Campaign is committed to raising $6 million toward the capital expenses of the ICU. Toward that goal, to achieve the $350,000 grant, only $1.9 million remains. We are excited to soon offer opportunities to tour the site of the new ICU as construction moves forward, to spotlight the amazing new space, and welcome our community to learn more about why supporting critical care is so important.

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust was created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, who was a co-founder of Tektronix, Inc. in Beaverton, Oregon, and a resident of Vancouver, Washington. Since its establishment on June 30, 1975, with a bequest of about $90 million, the Trust has focused its grantmaking efforts primarily in five states of the Pacific Northwest: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. The Trust’s current assets are valued at about $1 billion, and over the life of the Trust, more than $900 million has been distributed through more than 6,000 grants.

Note for Jacy during design: Remove this paragraph if space is short: The Trust's mission is to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by providing grants to organizations that seek to strengthen the region’s educational, social, cultural, and spiritual base in creative and sustainable ways. Grants are awarded to a wide variety of organizations, including those that serve the arts, public affairs, education, scientific research, health and medicine, human services, and people with disabilities.

Gordon Davidson Scholarship Recipient

The Gordon Davidson Scholarship was established upon the retirement of Gordon Davidson in honor of his longstanding service to Bozeman Health. Gordon retired in 2018 as Bozeman Health chief financial officer after a career that began at Deaconess Hospital in 1997. Gordon’s service to the health of our community included decades of fiscal oversight, serving as interim CEO twice, and a long tenure with Bozeman Health Foundation’s finance committee, campaign committees and board.

Awarded annually, the Bozeman Health Foundation Gordon Davidson Scholarship is intended for students from Montana communities, attending Montana State University (MSU) at the junior or senior level, pursuing a degree in Accounting through the College of Business. One scholarship for $2,000 is awarded each year.

The 2019 recipient, Bronson Myrstol, graduated from Shields Valley High School in Clyde Park, MT. Bronson spent summers working on a cattle ranch outside Casper, WY, since 2013, instilling integrity, honesty, responsibility and true character in him. He’s a junior at Montana State University (MSU) pursuing a degree in Finance through the Jake Jabs School of Business and Entrepreneurship with the intention of completing a Masters in Accounting. An active and engaged student at MSU, Bronson is a member of the finance club, accounting club, Beta Alpha Psi accounting club, and a student member of the Montana Society of CPA’s.

After reaching his goals of achieving both a CFA and CPA, Bronson intends to pursue a career in wealth management right here in Montana, so he can raise a family in the Shields Valley where he grew up.

Staff Spotlight

Mindy Grobe

Mindy joined Bozeman Health Foundation in May 2018 as development coordinator, eager to start a new career in the non-profit sector. Prior to working at the Foundation, Mindy worked in the Conference and Event Services Department at Montana State University and has extensive experience in the customer service and planning industry. Originally from Pennsylvania, Mindy attended Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations. After graduation she started her career at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa where she worked for 5 years before deciding to start a new adventure in Montana.

In July 2019, Mindy moved into the role of system manager of special events and donor stewardship. In her new role, she is charged with managing the foundation’s annual Hospitality Auction, organizing other foundation events throughout the year, creating the foundation’s publications including Dividends, and helping ensure our donors experience our gratitude and realize the impact of their generosity.

With all Montana has to offer, you can find Mindy and her husband Matt hiking, skiing, fishing, volunteering and spending time with their four legged feline.

2018 by the Numbers:

$2.85 million in new gifts and pledges

$1.002 million in charitable funds distributed

$310,908 in pledges and contributions from just over 577 Bozeman Health employees

$28.8 million in total assets under management

$16.3 million in total assets in long-term endowment

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