Old Bill’s Fun Run for charities held its annual race Saturday.
In 1997, an anonymous couple donated $500,000 to create an innovative, collaborative fundraiser that supports all local non-profits by inspiring everyone to give. They haven’t missed a year since.
Today, one out of every three households participates in this festive, casual event and its associated six-week giving period. Whether it’s $9 from a piggy bank or $9 million from a hedge fund, all gifts are important and impact the community.
On the second Saturday of September, over 3,000 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 $45 million in the last ten years. As much as the money, the idea of a broadly philanthropic, caring community is enriching Jackson Hole and the lives of its residents.