Save the Block announces new million-dollar challenge

JACKSON, WY – With seven weeks until the fundraising deadline to save the historic block on the corner of Broadway & Willow in downtown Jackson, the Save the Block project partners are upping the anti to raise $4 million by July 4.

After a successful Million Dollar May campaign in which the Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) was challenged with securing 1,000 gifts in order to receive a $1 million grant from an anonymous local family, the Save the Block project still requires an additional $5 million to protect the land under threat of development by a 90,000 sq. ft. hotel.

This week an additional anonymous $1 million gift has been pledged to the JHLT in the form of another fundraising challenge, this time with a double call to action for community members. The first component asks the community for 1,000 new gifts for the bounty of a new $1 million match by July 4, 2019. The second component calls upon the community, for a dollar-to-dollar match of the $1 million, stressing that every dollar makes a difference.

Since its launch, the Save the Block project has received almost $2,500,000 with more than 2,200 gifts, as of June 15, 2019.

“The way that this community has rallied has been amazing and we are grateful for the participation in and excitement about this project,” said JHLT President Laurie Andrews. “This new challenge, if completed successfully, will be a significant stepping stone to our goal of raising $7.5 million to protect the historic character and community greenspace on the block. As the deadline looms, we need everyone who can to show up and be a part of this community solution to Save the Block.”

The JHLT is going to celebrate the success of the $4 million by the 4th campaign with a float in the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce’s Fourth of July parade. Staff, board, and project supporters will be marching in the parade to celebrate the ongoing progress of the campaign and the “superheroes” that have made it possible.

“We are hoping that the community’s participation inspires larger donors to step up and help us round out the final two months of this project,” JHLT Board Chair Jason Snider said. “It’s clear that this Block resonates with folks more than we could have ever imagined. Whether your kids watched clouds under the big cottonwoods, or you joined the outpouring of concertgoers at the Concert Series, or your parents and grandparents can recall the first time they enjoyed the shaded greenspace – this Block is filled with memories of joy and laughter from anyone that steps onto it.”

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