The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole had another incredible Old Bill’s Fun Run For Charities, the most innovative fundraiser in the nation. Over the past eighteen years, the event has helped local charities raise over $121 million and has touched the lives of thousands. Over the years, those dollars have helped house homeless pets, feed the hungry, teach our children and protect Jackson’s natural beauty. This year Old Bill’s Fun Run raised over $10.5 million for local charities bringing the lifetime total to just over an incredible $121 million. A truly remarkable testament to the generosity of our community. As co-challengers of Old Bill’s Fun Run, we are extremely excited about the funds raised to support our local charities.
The idea for Old Bill’s Fun Run for Charities, the first event of its kind in the nation, came from an anonymous couple affectionately known as Mr. and Mrs. Old Bill. Their vision was to expand the charitable pie in Jackson Hole by encouraging the entire community to participate in philanthropy. In the months leading up to the event, local donors make gifts of all sizes to their favorite causes. Old Bill’s makes giving easy as donors need only fill out one form and write one check to give to as many local organizations as they like.
In September, over 4,000 people come together for one of the biggest celebrations of community spirit and support in the country. The 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 has enabled them to raise over $121 million in the last eighteen years. As much as the money, the ideal of a broadly philanthropic, caring community is enriching Jackson Hole and the lives of its citizens.