Today, the Genevieve, Persephone, and Healthy Being Juicery are protected by historic preservation easements held by the Teton Historic Preservation Foundation. Photo: Buckrail // Nick Sulzer

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Partners of the Save the Block campaign today announced the successful completion the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s Million Dollar May challenge.

At the Save the Block’s first Summer Concert Series on Wednesday evening, a lively crowd cheered as project partners announced the good news. The goal was met with over 1,500 gifts were secured in the month of May, resulting in an anonymous local family contributing their pledged $1,000,000 match to the campaign.

As of May 30, partners celebrated nearly 2,000 gifts for a total of $2,150,000 raised in the campaign to preserve the greenspace and historic character of the Genevieve Block, tucked into the busy corner of Broadway and Willow in downtown Jackson. With the inclusion of the Million Dollar May match, project partners remain hopeful of nearing the ultimate goal of $8 million dollars. The Save the Block project’s fundraising deadline is August 4, 2019.

“We feel so fortunate to be a part of a community that recognizes and shows up for priority projects like the Save the Block campaign with such huge passion, enthusiasm and dedication,” the anonymous local family said. “The support and engagement by the community for this effort has been inspiring and we are thrilled to be fulfilling our commitment to this challenge with a gift of one million dollars to the Save the Block campaign.”

The Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) is taking the fundraising lead on the project.

“We are reveling in the momentum that we’ve seen from the community through our outreach. As we begin to plan our next challenge and the next opportunity for donors to contribute, we hope to connect with an even greater breadth of individuals and families who want to support this incredible campaign,” JHLT President Laurie Andrews explained. “The JHLT is honored and grateful for the showing of extraordinary support. We can’t wait to share what’s in store for the rest of the summer.”

Alongside the monthly Summer Concert Series hosted on the block, the Jackson Hole Land Trust plans to add programming for yoga, lawn game nights, fly-fishing casting sessions, art projects, dance performances and more to the calendar. Large oversized letters spelling “Land Trust” currently sit on the greenspace, inviting the community to doodle, write, and share what the space means to each visitor, available to the public at their convenience.

The upcoming fundraising campaign will be announced in the coming days, while the project’s vitality flourishes and the community’s commitment deepens to protect a slice of serenity in the heart of a bustling, ever-changing downtown Jackson.

To donate to the campaign, visit the website, or call the Jackson Hole Land Trust office at 307-733-4707, or stop by the JHLT office at 690 S HWY 89, Suite 101, in Jackson, or by mailing a check to the JHLT, PO Box 2897, Jackson WY, 83001.