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Choirs from around the world travel to Missoula for the International Choral Festival held once every three years. On Tuesday, July 16, two of those choirs were right here in Polson giving a free-of-charge performance at the Polson High School auditorium. 

The accomplished Eller Girls’ Choir from Estonia and the
Veus – Cor infantil Amics de la Unió, Catalonia/Spain Choir from Catalonian Spain shared their beautiful voices and a bit of their unique cultures as a part of the “outreach program” of the festival. The International Choral Festival is devoted to fostering cultural exchange and good will through the universal language of music by bringing world class choirs to other Montana towns before and after the main Festival in Missoula, July 17-20. It is sponsored by the Montana Arts Council’s Cultural Trust and the Greater Polson Community Foundation.

What an absolute treat for our community. We hope they will take fond memories of Polson, Montana, USA back to their countries with them.

GPCF Awards $50,000 and Pledges Another $50,000 to New Polson B&G Club Facility

The Greater Polson Community Foundation (GPCF) hand-delivered $50,000 to the new Boys and Girls Club (B&G Club) soon to be constructed in Polson, and pledged another $50,000. This donation is the largest the GPCF has made since it was first organized in 2008.

                Toni Young, GPCF president, on behalf of our generous donors, presented a $50,000 check to Aric Cooksley, executive director of the local B&G Club, at the annual “Great Futures Breakfast” held Tuesday, April 3 at the newly remodeled and expanded B&G Club facility in Ronan attended by 166 B&G Club supporters.

Another $50,000 will be awarded by the GPCF in the near future when the B&G Club fund-raising campaign committee needs a special “boost” to get them over the goal line of raising the required $4.5 million.  Then construction of the new Polson facility can begin.  GPCF directors and donors see this second installment as a “challenge match” that will inspire other organizations and individuals to get behind a project that will offer so many positive opportunities to our children and teenagers, both now and for future generations.  “We are all about permanent investments in our community,” said Penny Jarecki, Chair of the GPCF Philanthropy Committee.

This $100,000 has been accumulating in a special “set aside” fund the GPCF directors and donors created several years ago to jumpstart or complete projects that would make a significant and permanent impact on the greater Polson community. The new Polson B&G Club is exactly the kind of permanent project the directors and donors had in mind because it fills such a vital need in Polson.

Toni Young stated, “Our Foundation has a strong commitment to kids in Polson, giving them the best opportunities possible as well as the potential to change their lives.  The entire community of Polson, but young and old, will benefit from the addition of this wonderful facility.”

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The Polson Chamber of Commerce is asking for your sustaining support for the Polson Hanging Flower Baskets and Holiday Decorations.

Thanks to your generosity, we are able to continue a more than 20-year tradition that has enhanced the visual appeal and western welcome to Polson, creating an inviting place for residents and visitors. The Polson Chamber of Commerce has purchased, helped hang and with help from the City of Polson, cared for the flower baskets on Highway 93, Main Street and First Streets East and West. This amount includes purchasing the flowering baskets and paying the city’s expenses to water and care for them on a daily basis.

This year, the chamber is replacing aging holiday decorations on Highway 93 with new holiday banners.

Because the Greater Polson Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, your generous donation is tax deductible. Please fill out the pledge form below and mail your gift today to the Greater Polson Community Foundation, P.O. Box 314, Polson, MT 59860.

Your connection to the Polson Community and generosity is greatly appreciated.

In order to receive your tax receipt, please make checks, corporate matches, or others gifts payable to: Greater Polson Community Foundation (GPCF). Your donation receipt will be mailed to you directly.

Friday, April 5th – Ronan Performing Arts Center – 7 p.m.


Working together is a BIG DILL for Polson Pickleball
It was a cold chilly day but it was a big dill for the Greater Polson Community Foundation, board members of the Friends of Regional Parks and Trails (FORPAT) and local Pickleball enthusiasts to gather and celebrate recent project milestones. With matching grant funding from GPCF and FORPAT and a donation from Providence St. Joe’s, the City of Polson Parks and Recreation Department completed the 3 courts which included fencing, surfacing and painting.
It was reported in 2017 that there are 2.8 million Pickleball players in the United States – an increase of 12.3% over the previous year. Based on the growing popularity of pickleball in the greater Polson area, there was a clearly a need for public courts dedicated strictly for that use. The past two years, the Mission Valley hosted the Montana Senior Olympics which included Pickleball in Polson as the main draw.
The Greater Polson Community Foundation facilitates and invests the development of a robust and welcoming community and is the mission of the Friends of the Regional Parks and Trails group (FORPAT) to protect, preserve and develop Flathead reservation area parks and trails systems while conserving green space. This is another example of necessary collaborations for the good of our communities.
You can visit to find out about making a difference in your community or making an online directed gift to one of the many worthwhile projects in our area. If you would like more information about the Pickleball courts project please call Polson City Hall at 883-8200.


The GPCF is proud to be a Light Sponsor for the Lights Under the Big Sky Event that opens up on Friday December 7th and runs through Saturday, December 22nd. Create a memorable holiday weekend at Lights Under the Big Sky Event click links below to their website & schedule. Happy Holidays to you & your family from Greater Polson Community Foundation.

A Cheery Welcome to Polson

The traffic island at the intersection of Highways 93 and 35 received a bright and beautiful upgrade this summer. Twenty big pots of hot pink petunias were placed behind the traditional little rowboat also filled with flowers. Many thanks to Delaney’s Landscaping and Envision Polson Beautification Committee for making this entrance to our community so attractive. The Beautification Committee is funded through directed gifts to the Greater Polson Community Foundation.  This is another beautiful example of how a directed gift of your choice makes a difference in your community.





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