For anyone who has seen me talk, I have always made the point that the Hope Project is not just an all-volunteer organization made up of state troopers, but truly is a nonprofit Montana business that is made up of so many wonderful people and businesses that step up and help us grant these wishes.
All one needed to do to see if that was true, was to be involved this year. The Ride for Hope is our largest fund-raiser of the year, and although we went through two coordinators this year, we still managed to come out well. Thanks to Kathy Sangray and Wolfer's Diner in Havre for bailing me out on that! Other longtime supporters, Bruce and Kathy Johnson, donated their totally refurbished Ford pick-up for us to sell. We also saw a lot of new fund-raisers that were a huge hit. Mark Watkins, who is a Grandfather to one of our wish children, got together with Yellowstone Harley-Davidson in Belgrade to host the first annual chili cook-off. Beartooth Flyfishing owners, Dan and Nancy Delekta, started their fund-raiser in honor of his father who always had a soft spot for children and did anything to help them. Our annual Lake Mary Ronan ATV ride returned to the Lake Mary Ronan Lodge thanks to owners Mike Doran and Meg McLaughlin. Rhonda Huseby teamed up with the Elks in Helena to start her yearly silent auction. The Princess Ball in Kalispell was started by Josh Faith in honor of his daughter. Big Sky RV of Bozeman and Jayco teamed up with us to grant a special wish. And for the first time in many years, we had to fight off the rain during our summer reunion at Izaak Walton Inn, but that didn’t slow anyone down. I can’t thank these individuals and businesses enough, they all certainly stepped up to help the Hope Project out!
As everyone can see, this organization is not just made up of a few troopers, it is a true Montana business made up of real MONTANANS!!
Trooper Richard Hader MHP 160, Superior, MT