Trans-Montana Fundraiser

Celebrating a Decade of Dedication: Trans-Montana's Impact on Youth and Veterans Mental Health

Matt Kuntz

February 9, 2024

In the heart of winter, a unique event has woven its way into the fabric of our Montana's efforts to support mental health. For ten years, the TransMontana charity snowmobile ride, organized by the Montana Snowmobile Association, has rallied riders, donors, and volunteers to support NAMI Montana. This year, despite an unforeseen twist, the spirit of giving soared to new heights.

Due to a lack of snow, the much-anticipated ride was cancelled, but the resilience and commitment of our community shone through. A banquet in Butte, held in place of the ride, became a testament to the unwavering dedication of the TransMontana riders. Not one rider asked for a refund for their charitable donation to NAMI Montana, despite the ride's cancellation.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to every snow mobiler and donor that played a role in this year's event. Special recognition is due to Fred Bailey, President of the Montana Snowmobile Association, and Mark Smolen, Chairman of the TransMontana Ride, whose leadership has been instrumental. The Jackpine Savages and Mining City Trail Riders hosted a memorable banquet, with Mike Patterson leading as the master of ceremonies, creating an atmosphere of camaraderie and hope.

The funds raised in this event hold special significance, as they are earmarked to support NAMI Montana's work with youth and veterans. These populations face unique challenges. We have been able to go above and beyond in our veterans and youth efforts because of the TransMontana snowmobiler's decade of dedication.

Reflecting on a decade of partnership with the TransMontana charity snowmobile ride and its community, I am reminded of the Margaret Mead quote that acts as an unofficial slogan for NAMI Montana

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

Thank you to all of our NAMI Montana supporters and volunteers. Thank you for standing together with us in your commitment to improving mental health care for all Montanans.

Together, we are changing lives.

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