By Andi Bourne

Building a legacy of service and philanthropy

Seeley Lake Community Foundation celebrates 20 years


January 7, 2021

Pathfinder file photo

The Seeley Lake Community Foundation hosted and cooked for the "Fire's Out" Community BBQ Sept. 23, 2007 following the Jocko Fire. The Pathfinder reported more than 300 attendees. Board member Addrien Marx made the flame-print aprons with the Seeley Lake Community Foundation and their name on the patch. "Up until then, some in our community felt like we were only for a certain class of folks in Seeley," said Loren Rose. "But organizing that event and being able to serve burgers to everyone proved that we were truly a 'community foundation.' There is something humbling about serving others and being served that is healthy." Pictured (L-R): Seeley Lake Community Foundation Board Members Loren Rose, Mark Williams, Carolyn Mehl, Kevin Wetherell, and Stan Nicholson along with event committee members Jackie Daniel and Kathy White.

SEELEY LAKE – Sitting around a table at the Elkhorn Café in the fall of 1999, Seeley Lake resident Stan Nicholson told Loren Rose and four other future board members that there were 28 nonprofits and quasi-government agencies in the Seeley Swan Valley.

"They all needed a 'boost' and bake sales aren't going to cut it," Rose recalled Nicholson saying. "How can we raise serious capital for all those entities to flourish?"

From this initial discussion and many more involving the community, the Seeley Lake Community Foundation officially became a 501c3 nonprofit Dec. 26, 2000. After 20 years,...

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