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Montana Wildfire Relief Fund rises to $421,825

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Donations to the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund through the Montana Television Network rose Friday to $421,825.

Donations include a $50,000 anonymous donation and a previously announced match from Carl and Kay Carbon of Great Falls.  All contributions made after 5 p.m. Sept. 29 will count toward the couple's match. It creates another terrific opportunity for people to double the amount of their donation.

The total also includes an initial $50,000 in matching funds from the Montana Television Network and its parent company Cordillera Communications.Earlier in September, the fundraising drive caught the attention of Arthur Blank and The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. Co-founder of The Home Depot, Blank owns the Atlanta Falcons and the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch. They announced an additional $50,000 match, which generated even more enthusiasm. The donation comes from the Guest Ranch Fund, an affiliate fund to the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.

As of Saturday, Sept. 30, 1,058 people across the state and across the country had donated to the cause. Other significant contributors include $25,000 from the Montana Shirt Company and $10,000 from American Bank. 

MTN stations, in coordination with parent company Cordillera Communications based in St. Paul, MN and the Montana Community Foundation, launched the unprecedented fundraising campaign Sept. 12. MTN includes KTVQ Billings, KBZK Bozeman, KXLF Butte, KRTV Great Falls, KBGF Great Falls, KTVH Helena, KXLH Helena, KAJ Kalispell and KPAX Missoula.

Through their websites MTN stations are directing donors to the Montana Community Foundation donation page. With this partnership, Montanans will be assured their contributions stay right here in Montana. In addition, MTN has dedicated substantial news time, on-air promotion, and digital advertisements.

GIVE BY MAIL: Mail your check payable to the Montana Community Foundation, PO Box 1145, Helena, MT 59624-1145. Write "Montana Fire Relief Fund" in the memo line.

GIVE ONLINE: Click here

RELATED: Application process opens Oct. 9 for MTN Montana Wildfire Relief Fund

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