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Supporting ZooMontana

Did you know that ZooMontana is a privately funded non-profit organization?  In short, this means that they rely solely on private donations and volunteers to keep their doors open.

By March 19th (Next Saturday), Zoo Montana has to have reached its goal of $500,000 in donations, or the Association of Zoos and Aquariums will revoke their accreditation.

For every person who has ever sat in their house, whining and complaining that Billings is “Sooooo boring” and there is “Nothing to do here…” – take those loafers to the streets and go check out the Zoo! 

The kiddo, my Mom, and myself – did just that today.  (And boy was it a perfect day for it!)  The sun was shining and yes, the wind was blowing, but it felt like our first real taste of Spring…I’ll take it any way it comes at this point!

The pictures that follow give you just a glimpse of what ZooMontana has to offer.  I really encourage you to walk the grounds yourself.  Bring a friend – spend a sunny morning or afternoon catching up while you walk the trails and peer into the eyes of Bald Eagles and maybe a Red Panda (if you’re lucky!)

And please…don’t let it be something that you procrastinate and wait to do.  If you don’t do it soon, there may not be a ZooMontana for you to explore.

For those of you that may live too far to visit this amazing facility – please don’t hesitate to click HERE and donate.  Every penny counts!


(Charity) Out of the Darkness

Last Sunday I had the opportunity to photograph the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s “Out of the Darkness” walk in Billings.

The weather couldn’t have turned out any better.  🙂  After a few days of wind and rain, I was crossing my fingers hoping for clear skies…and that’s exactly what we got!

I showed up early, well before the activities began, to try and capture the essence of what was going on behind the scenes.  What amazing people!  I couldn’t even count the number of volunteers who took their Sunday and spent it manning stations, tying balloons, serving pizza, taking donations, registering walkers, and generally lending an ear or shoulder for a fellow friend.

My most memorable moments of the day, were watching friends and family members write “We Miss You” messages onto white sheets of paper – and then tying them to balloons.  Some let their balloons go at their own special time, some gave them to their children for them to release, and some waited until the Walk began.  There was a balloon archway and I distinctly remember one woman walking under and through the arch – spreading her arms to the sky, and releasing her balloon.  I know *someone* heard her message that day.

Here are a few images from that day.  I feel so thankful to have been a part of such a wonderful charity and organization.   If you would like to learn more about the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, please visit www.afsp.org.

These were some of the AMAZING items donated for the silent auction!! WOW!!!!

This last one is for you Jessica.