Both men and women can dine and dance for a cause at the Women’s Foundation of Montana Summer Roundup on Aug. 2, a fundraiser and celebration of Montana women and 100 years of their right to vote.
Money raised for the Polson-area event will go towards the Women’s Foundation of Montana million dollar endowment fund, which invests in the future of Montana women and girls.
The money will go towards “funding the next 100 years of progress for Montana women,” according to the press release. And the foundation just announced $60,000 in new grants to 11 organizations that benefit women across Montana.
Jen Euell, program director of the Women’s Foundation, said one of the most basic ways the foundation helps women and girls is through education funding from grants. One of their main emphases at the moment is funding STEM programs for girls, or education in science, technology, engineering and math.
Euell said Montana girls don’t have enough opportunity for exposure to those areas of education.
“I grew up in Montana and you don’t get to meet a lot of people who have diverse careers,” said Euell.
Euell said a lot of Montana girls grow up in towns where women are mainly small-shop owners, teachers or nurses. The grants give them an opportunity to expand their options, she said.
Another grant recipient is the Indigenous Scholars of Promise program, part of HOPA Mountain, which received $10,000. The program helps Native American women apply for college and helps them succeed their first year of college, Euell said.
“They all are in the interest of economic self-sufficiency for Montana women and girls,” said Euell.
Cailtin Copple, an advisory board member for the foundation and a Missoula city councilwoman, said Montanans earn low wages and her interest in the foundation is to help create high-paying jobs across the state for women.
“The endowment is what allows the Montana women’s foundation permanence,” Copple said.
The Summer Roundup includes dinner and a barn dance and starts at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Marchi Angus Ranches near Polson. A ticket to the fundraiser costs $50 and is available at http://tiny.cc/lszwhx.