Sublette schools raise more than $34,000 for Kickin’ Cancer


That's a lot of pennies

Sublette schools raise more than $34,000 for Kickin’ Cancer

By Cody Olivas, [email protected]

BIG PINEY – The sixth annual Penny Wars between the Pinedale and Big Piney school districts wrapped up Tuesday at the basketball games between the two high schools.

Not only did students from both school districts bring in their pennies, they also sold baked goods, T-shirts and reached out to businesses to help raise money. Big Piney’s cheerleaders even hosted a youth camp last week and instead of buying new uniforms or equipment, they donated the proceeds from their camp to the cause.

When all the pennies were counted, Big Piney had raised $14,140.87

Pinedale, however, won the friendly competition by raising $20,080.87.

Student councils from both schools then presented Steve James, from Kickin’ Cancer, with a check for $30,343.46.

The other $3,878.28 that Big Piney raised selling T-shirts was given to a teacher in the district currently battling cancer.

Kickin’ Cancer is a local organization, formed by cancer survivors, that helps Sublette County cancer patients undergoing treatment by helping defray the costs of travel, food and lodging that come from living in a rural location far from treatment centers.

SUBLETTE COUNTY – With the call out for economic diversification across the state and region, a new opportunity is here for Sublette County entrepreneurs and experienced businesspeople with the first Sublette County Chance Meeting on Thursday, Feb. 1.

The monthly meetings are a joint effort by Matt Murdock, entrepreneur and Pinedale official, and Sam Bixler, economic consultant, to bring together people with great ideas, wealth of knowledge and money, and a desire to help local entrepreneurs and existing businesses succeed in the county.

Murdock said the idea sprang from their interactions with local and state economic and business groups, to try and gather “like-minded people” in one place. It was in great part inspired by Teton County’s Silicon Couloir that matches entrepreneurs, businesspeople and investors with classes, mentors – and for lucky ones – seed money.

“We started having discussions with Lincoln and Teton counties about creating a tri-county economic zone,” Murdock explained.

Sublette County has its share of entrepreneurs and businesses that started from a “great idea” and grew into large successful enterprises, Murdock added, saying he has met “a number of people here who are on the edge of doing great things.”

JJ Healy of Daniel, a Silicon Couloir board member, rancher and former Yahoo! partner, will open the first meeting on Thursday night.

People might come to the first Sublette County Chance Meeting from Pinedale, Marbleton and Big Piney and in between, and can all benefit from others with experience, knowledge and wealth, according to Murdock and Bixler. It might be an idea for a coffee shop or a computer application no one’s thought of yet.

“Creativity is creativity,” Murdock said. “I know of several people right now who have extremely creative ideas. It’s not limited by geography.”

This first Feb. 1 Chance Meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at The Den Restaurant & Bar at Daniel Junction and entry is free to the public.

For more information, contact Matt Murdock at 307-749-0615 or [email protected] or Sam Bixler at 307-231-4546 or [email protected]

Big Piney student council members McKenzi Davison, center, and Grace Tanner present Steve James from the Kickin’ Cancer organization with a check for $30,343.46. Students from Sublette County school districts No. 9 and No. 1 raised the money during their sixth annual Penny Wars.


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