2016 Great Fish Award
The 2016 Great Fish Award was presented Project Whitefish Kids along with a special grant of $2,500. The award recognizes Project Whitefish Kids for their service to our community and for their participation in the Great Fish Challenge. Project Whitefish Kids put Great Fish banners up at the Heidi and Rollie Smith Youth Sports Complex, which they manage; helped set up the 5K Color Run race course; and were involved with the Challenge from beginning to end. The nonprofit was founded to construct the Smith Fields sports complex and today they maintain the 55-acre complex.
About the Great Fish Award
The Fish Award was established in 2004 to honor an organization or individual who has made a substantial and significant contribution to the betterment of the Whitefish community. The award was not intended to be given every year, but only when a worthy recipient was selected. The first awards were made in 2004 and 2005, but then not given again until 2008. In 2008, the award became known as The Great Fish Award, and since then, it has been presented each year to recognize a nonprofit that has made a significant contribution to the quality of life in Whitefish. In 2013, the award came with a $500 grant and in 2015 the award was increased to a $2,500 grant.
Beginning in 2016, The Great Fish Award will be presented at the conclusion of the Great Fish Community Challenge. The recipient will be an organization that participated in the Challenge and demonstrated commitment, enthusiasm, and creativity during the Challenge, and showed strong support for the Challenge and the Color Fun Run.
Previous recipients of the Great Fish Award have been the Glacier Nordic Club, Whitefish Figure Skating Club, Stumptown Art Studio, Whitefish Rotary “Magic of Christmas” program, Whitefish Community Library, Shepherd’s Hand Free Clinic, DREAM Adaptive, North Valley Food Bank, Whitefish Theatre Company and the Chamber of Commerce.
Doris Schumm Community Spirit Award
The 2017 Doris Schumm Community Spirit Award was presented to Project Whitefish Kids for their work on the Smith Field Playground Project. This special honor comes with a $2,500 grant.
About the Doris Schumm Community Spirit Award
In November of 2009, the Whitefish community lost a beloved community member and dear friend to so many, Doris Schumm. Dorie was a great friend to nonprofit organizations in Whitefish and an avid volunteer. She donated countless hours and support to the Whitefish Library, Whitefish Theatre Company, North Valley Food Bank, and the Whitefish Community Foundation, where she served on the Board of Directors and the Grants Committee.
In 2010, the Community Foundation was honored to receive a bequest from Dorie who had the foresight to set up a charitable remainder trust to benefit the Foundation even before it existed. She was ahead of her time and had always felt that Whitefish should have a Community Foundation. To recognize Dorie and the wonderful community spirit she embraced, the Foundation established the Doris Schumm Community Spirit Award in 2010. Each year, the Grants Committee selects the organization that will receive this award from the organizations that are involved with the Foundation and embody the community spirit Dorie valued in her own life.
Previous recipients include the Whitefish Education Foundation, Whitefish/Columbia Falls Swim Team, Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation (FVSEF), Whitefish Lake Institute, Whitefish Legacy Partners, Flathead Nordic Backcountry Patrol, and the Glacier Nordic Club.
Russ and Mary Jane Street Community Service Award
The 2017 Russ and Mary Jane Street Community Service Award was awarded to the Whitefish Lake Institute and accompanied a $2,500 special grant. This award recognizes the important work Whitefish Lake Institute is doing in our community with their aquatic invasive species prevention program.
About the Russ and Mary Jane Street Award
This award was established in 2014 to honor Russ and Mary Jane Street who were early settlers to Whitefish. Together they opened Streets Grocery in 1947. In the 1950’s they started Alpine Spice, and in the 60’s they developed Bay Point Cabins and Resort. They were on the original Board of Directors of Big Mountain and part of the original founders of the Whitefish Winter Carnival. Russ was a volunteer firefighter from 1950 through 1970. This award was established to honor the Streets and their service to Whitefish.
Previous recipients for this award include the Whitefish Firefighters Association, Whitefish Veterans Support Team and Whitefish Lake Institute.
Jean Howard Memorial Award
The 2017 Jean Howard Memorial Award was presented to the Halt Cancer at X-Montana Equestrian Events and accompanied a $2,500 special grant. This award recognizes the important work that Halt Cancer at X-Monatana Equestrain Events provides our community.
About the Jean Howard Memorial Award
On June 6, 2016, Jean Howard of Coto de Caza, California passed away after a long battle with ovarian cancer. Jean and her husband Bill had been part-year residents of Whitefish since 1993. Bill is a Community Foundation Advisory Council member. Although Whitefish was Jean’s second home, the Whitefish Community Foundation and the community of Whitefish always came first. Jean cherished the first rate performing arts in Whitefish and the wonderful sense of community. Each year, Jean supported various causes including the Whitefish Theatre Company, Alpine Theater Project, Glacier Symphony and Chorale, Whitefish Legacy Partners, North Valley Food Bank, and Shepherd’s Hand Free Clinic.
Jean loved to attend Community Foundation events and was an avid supporter of the Foundation’s mission. She and Bill were early supporters of the Foundation’s Circle of Giving and very instrumental in the success of the Whitefish Duck Derby that raised thousands of dollars for the Foundation’s grant programs from 2009 to 2014.
To honor Jean’s legacy of philanthropy, family and friends donated to the Foundation in her memory. This allowed the Foundation to establish the Jean Howard Memorial Award. Each year the Foundation will make a special grant of $2,500 to an organization that will honor Jean’s memory and her philanthropic heart. Tamarack Grief Resource Center was the 2016 recipient.