08 Jun First Interstate Bank and the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation bring SOMT closer to Endowment goal
Together we win! Long-time premier sponsors of Special Olympics Montanastepped forward today in a big way! First Interstate Bank announced it would donate $1 million to the SOMT Reveal the Champion in All of Us Endowment Campaign, and the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation awarded $1.75 million. To amp up excitement and engagement from other community partners, $250,000 of the Foundation gift is earmarked as a challenge grant given by Kevin Washington to help SOMT reach its final goal of $10 million. Those interested in donating can have their gift matched up to $250,000. Thus far, the campaign has raised $9.75 million and is within $250,000 of making its $10 million goal.
“In partnership with the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, the First Interstate BancSystem Foundation decided to step up and secure the future of an organization that we deeply care about by making a $1 million donation to the endowment,” said First Interstate President and CEO Kevin Riley. “As a premier sponsor of SOMT and the State Summer Games for many years, we’ve seen firsthand how the mission transforms the lives of the athletes, their families, and our employees.”
Through donation, volunteer, and sponsorship support, First Interstate and the Scott family have been proud advocates of SOMT for decades.
“This donation is a tribute to all our employees, to the Scott family, and in memory of Tom Scott who served as the endowment campaign’s honorary chairman before he passed away in 2020, and Randy Scott who served on the endowment leadership council until he passed away in 2019,” Riley said. “Tom and Randy recognized early on that when we lift up each other, everyone wins.”
The Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation Executive Director, Mike Halligan said, “While we donated $1 million to the campaign some months ago, we decided to push the campaign closer to goal by partnering with First Interstate and adding $750,000 to our earlier contribution.”
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