VICTOR, Idaho. — This week, Teton Valley Foundation announced that their fundraising goal for a new Zamboni at the Kolter Ice Arena had been met. The new Zamboni is on its way, due to arrive in Teton Valley at the Kotler Ice Arena on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m.
Last winter Teton Valley Foundation received a donation from Jackson Hole businessman, the late Foster Friess and his wife Lynn Friess. The gift on behalf of Kristin Woodward and her sons, Austin and Braden Vanskike, provided the seed money used to kick off the “Zampaign,” a matching $50,000 fundraising effort to purchase a much-needed new Zamboni, along with the construction of essential capital improvements to the rink.
“Since January, we have been working hard to raise the additional funds necessary to complete this project at the rink,” Board Chair Jenny Wade said. “We are very grateful for the support we have received throughout the Zampaign. It is evident that the community is as excited as we are to welcome our new Zamboni to Kotler Ice Arena and take rink programming and ice quality to the next level.”
While the construction projects are wrapping up, winter programming is lined out for the season and TVF is on track to kick off the Kotler Ice Arena season on Nov. 6th.
“Several key components needed to come together to make this happen,” said Amy Fradley, Executive Director for Teton Valley Foundation. “First we had to assess where our focus needed to be in terms of upgrades to the rink. We quickly honed in on the Zamboni Room that some are now dubbing the ‘Friess-er’ and the outdoor ice dumping pad, which will double as a summer dry-land training area.”