Change Your Pace challenge kicks off June 3

SEELEY LAKE - The seventh annual Change Your Pace Challenge (CYP) kicks off next week! The Seeley Lake Community Foundation's (SLCF) CYP is a campaign for community-wide giving, motivating community members to give to their favorite participating local nonprofits, knowing the impact of their gift will multiply, thanks to the CYP Match Fund.  

Seventeen local organizations are participating this year, raising money for important projects benefitting the greater Seeley Lake area. CYP runs from June 3 - June 30. Look for a CYP donation brochure insert in next week's Pathfinder. Beginning June 3, supporters can give online through the SLCF website, both to participating organizations, and the CYP Match Fund Mail checks, made out to the Seeley Lake Community Foundation and accompanied by the Donor Form section of the CYP brochure, to the SLCF at PO Box 25, Seeley Lake, MT 59868.  

Everyone is invited to the first-ever CYP Kickoff Party and Community Appreciation Lunch on Friday June 3 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Foundation Building (3150 MT Hwy 83 N.). Headlining CYP sponsor Energy Partners is providing lunch, and at 12 p.m. the CYP begins with an opening ceremony.  

"Everyone who donates through CYP will be part of something special!" said SLCF Executive Director Claire Muller. "This year, we will roll over half-a-million-dollars total raised for local nonprofits through the Change Your Pace Challenge! CYP raised $80,000 last year, which brought the total raised to $450,000. If we're anywhere close to those numbers this year, we'll tip over $500,000. That's pretty incredible for this small rural area. Every dollar makes a difference. Giving through the Change Your Pace Challenge is a concrete way to help local groups that support the Montana you love." 

 This year's CYP will kick off with over $11,000 in the CYP Match Fund - the highest it's been at this time of year for several years. This amount will grow throughout the next month. A special thank you to Energy Partners, the headlining sponsor of this year's CYP Match Fund. Thanks to Citizens Alliance Bank and Lindey's Prime Steak House, other major CYP Match Fund sponsors. 

 This year's participating CYP organizations: Alpine Artisans, Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Blackfoot Challenge, Clearwater Resource Council, Missoula Aging Services, Seeley Lake Community Foundation, SLE Community Park, Seeley Lake Historical Museum and Visitor's Center, Seeley Lake Nordic Ski Team, Seeley Lake ROCKS, Seeley-Swan Community Food Bank, Sela Senci (Seeley Lake Senior Center), Sparrow's Vine, Sullivan Memorial Community Park (Community Hall), Swan Valley Connections, Upper Swan Valley Historical Society and Veterans & Families of Seeley Lake.  

After the donation period closes June 30, each organization's donation totals will be tallied and the match percentage will be calculated based on how big the CYP Match Fund grows.  

The Seeley Lake Community Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit that is proud to encourage community philanthropy and increase support for all the great work our local groups are doing. 


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