SHERIDAN — After the recent acquisition of a donation given by the Joe & Roberta Watt Foundation, the Antelope Butte Foundation has reached the $360,000 fundraising goal enabling recovery of the resort’s chairlift. This comes as a fulfilled matching grant offered by Tom and Joan Scott in April 2018. ABF has now raised more than $2 million toward the reopening.
Deb Wendtland, a Watt Foundation board member, applauded the dedicated efforts of the ABF community.
“Antelope Butte checks off all of the boxes; it builds family, community and personal health and that is good for everyone,” Wendtland said in a press release.
The chairlift is projected to be safely operable by Oct. 5.
However, the ABF community continues to excite more supporters and rally enthusiasts, resulting in increased fundraising matching opportunities that are steadily contributing to the mountain resort’s reopening.
As a longtime supporter of ABF, Kennon Products founder Ron Kensey has announced yet another fundraising challenge to benefit the recreation area.
Kennon frequently matches the contributions of its employees to worthwhile causes, but Kennon has promised to match contributions by individuals, groups and businesses during the next 90 days (through Sept. 15), up to $10,000 for people who are new donors to Antelope Butte.
“Kennon was early to support the Antelope Butte Foundation when the future of the project was less certain,” Kensey said in the press release. “Recently we visited the lodge. The new windows look great. The chairlifts are under repair and one was actually moving. I’m a believer. Let’s all help turn the vision into a reality.”
Donations are going to lodge improvements as the foundation works to reopen the area as a year-round recreation area.