2013 President’s Message – Richard Hader

Richard2013 has been another busy year for the Montana Hope Project. We will end the year granting 15 wishes and start off 2014 with 10 children on our wish list with 3 already booked for travel in January and February. I think that when the project started back in 1984, no one had any idea of just how big and successful it would become. We also said a final goodbye to two long-time and important individuals to the project. Retired patrolman Bob Marshall, who was the builder of our wagons that we gave away for years at the summer reunion, passed away after a long illness. Bob also spearheaded the drive to bring the horses and wagon to the reunion. They have been popular ever since.

Montana’s own famous artist and story teller, Stan Lynde, also passed away this summer. Stan was the man behind “Rick O’Shay” and “Latigo” that ran nationally for years. As everyone knows and can see on our famous “Bears that Care” logo, Stan was the man that drew it. Over the years he drew several more versions of the bear that met our needs at the time. Stan was a true Montana gentleman. Both of these great men will be missed and may they rest in peace.

2014 will mark our 30th year in granting wishes. Since 1984, we have been able to make dreams come true for 364 children and their families. None of this would be possible without the generous support we continue to receive from individuals and businesses that allows us to grant wishes. To everyone over all these years that have stepped up and gave their time and finances to us, THANK YOU!!!

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