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FALL RIVER HELPING HANDS INC's Fundraiser:

Swan Safe Project

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THE STORY:

Fall River Electric members and the general public are invited to join a fundraising effort to reduce trumpeter swan deaths in the Texas Slough area located southwest of Rexburg, in Madison County Idaho. The Texas Slough is a tributary to the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River but what makes it attractive to trumpeter swans is, because the slough is spring-fed, it remains “open water” during the winter when most other water areas are frozen. This open water feature, nutritious sago pond weeds that are plentiful in the slough, and the increasing population of trumpeter swans have made it a swan “hotspot” each winter. Historically, this area was not frequented by swans but as the population has rebounded the Texas slough is now frequented by swans year round.

About a half dozen years ago, local conservation groups and Fall River Electric Cooperative recognized an increasing number of swans were colliding with overhead power lines, which were built along the slough roadway several decades ago. Together significant efforts have been made by all parties to install bird “diverters” on the lines. Diverters are reflective devises attached to the overhead lines which help waterfoul see the lines as they land and take-off. Diverters work well in most situation but there are times in the Texas Slough area when conditions are just right and a thick fog forms obscuring the lines and the diverters. With your help we can implement a solution for this emerging swan habitat. This fundraising effort is intended to secure funding to place the electric lines underground.

Unlike typical profit-based utilities that have sizeable funds for community projects, Fall River Electric Cooperative is a customer-owned, nonprofit utility, charged by its members to keep rates as low as possible. Fall River has joined an effort spearheaded by members of the Cooperative, Tim and Wendy Brockish, in an effort to raise the needed funds to allow interested organizations such as the Teton Regional Land Trust, the Trumpeter Swan Society, and others to join forces with concerned Fall River Electric members to provide assistance with the “Texas Slough Swan Safe Power Line Project”. We want to give our members and the public an opportunity to join in the effort as well.

FALL RIVER ELECTRIC WILL MATCH DONATIONS OF $50 OR MORE UP TO $15,000!

Members or anyone from the general public who donate at least $50 will have their donation MATCHED by Fall River Electric up to a total of $15,000, which would mean a total contribution to the "swan safe project" of $30,000 when Fall River Electric's match is combined with the donations of individual members, member businesses or the public.

We would like to get construction completed prior to the ground freezing and so this fundraising campaign will go through October 31, 2015. With your help we can make a difference!

$34,945

MONEY RAISED
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  • Doug & Stacey Schmier

    $100

  • Calamity Jane

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Esther Mae Rumohr

    $50

  • Ronald and Nancy Lechelt

    $50

  • Glen Devoe

    $100

  • Joann Rose

    $50

  • George Magdich

    $75

  • Tim Cramer

    $100

  • Robert Dobbs

    $50

  • Robert Kern

    $100

  • Bruce Raskin and Kathy Boone

    $50

  • Savannah Wake

    $50

  • FALL RIVER ELECTRIC MATCH

    $3,670

  • Kathleen Carlyle

    $1,000

  • Nancy & Jim Hershey

    $100

  • Richard and Madeleine Linck

    $30

  • Pegge McGuire Steele

    $50

  • Pat & Connie Korab

    $50

  • Kimmon Richards

    $250

  • Ricahrd and Orma Barker

    $50

  • Endless Winter Farm

    $50

  • Catherine Crowder

    $200

  • William F (Brad) Bradley Jr

    $1,000

  • JOSEPH GERLACH

    $50

  • FALL RIVER MATCH

    $2,775

  • Craig and Misty Bosley

     

  • Todd and Astrid Warden

    $50

  • Home and Away Cash Donation

    $181

  • Kathleen Stillman

    $20

  • Emily Sellek

    $150

  • Donald and Joan Hammer

    $250

  • Stephen and Andrea Moss

    $100

  • Suzanne & Richard

    $100

  • Susan Fox Rogers

    $50

  • SARAH EWING

    $20

  • CAROLYN SANDMANN

    $50

  • HELEN TURNQUIST

    $50

  • SANDY MASON

    $20

  • Marty & Karen Voss

    $250

  • Calamity Jane

    $50

  • Garney Hardy

    $100

  • Gerald Engstrom

    $50

  • Teresa Meachum

    $60

  • Aleen Orr

    $50

  • John and Martha Tanner

    $100

  • Larry Staker

    $50

  • Dave & Lois Yates

    $50

  • Ted & Julie Brockish

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Lisa Reid

    $100

  • Ken Smith

    $100

  • Laney Hicks

    $100

  • Trish and Mike Boyd

    $100

  • John E Decker

    $250

  • Rich and Elissa Novy

    $50

  • Lee Nellis

    $50

  • Andrew Cyril and Cynthia Woo

    $50

  • Marsha White

    $50

  • Cheri Baker

    $75

  • Clinton Van Siclen

    $100

  • Exchange Club

    $20

  • FALL RIVER ELECTRIC MATCH

    $3,500

  • Robert Long

    $100

  • Swen Magnuson

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Chi & Rene Melville

    $50

  • Roy and Sandy Walters

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Sharon Kiefer

    $100

  • William and Mary Fausone

    $100

  • Virginia George

    $200

  • Jean George

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Sheri Thorpe

    $100

  • Don and Sheri Weber

    $250

  • Pricilla Hearst

    $100

  • Ludwig Long

    $50

  • Willow Creek Animal Hospital

    $50

  • Vancie Turner

    $50

  • Ronald Hansen

    $50

  • James Kirchner

    $25

  • Sabrina Derusseau

    $50

  • Ralph Friz

    $100

  • James K Kleine III

    $50

  • John and Babette

    $500

  • Ann Voda

    $50

  • Jack Evans

    $25

  • Janice Hansen

    $50

  • Lesley Mercill

    $50

  • Kyle Babbitt and Philip Chavez

    $50

  • Norbert and Larry and Betty Schmitz

    $200

  • Ron and Sue Rope

    $300

  • Sharron Shopper and Arnold Byrd

    $50

  • Kathleen May

    $20

  • Carol Smith and Larry Yuva

    $50

  • Brent and Linda Boodry

    $5

  • FALL RIVER EMPLOYEES

    $89

  • Kim and Dave Remien

    $200

  • Wes and Trip Brockish

    $1,100

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30% Raised of $115,000 Goal

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The Team: $34,945 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

FALL RIVER HELPING HANDS INC

Amount Raised

$34,845

 

30% Raised of $115,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Wes and Trip Brockish

Wes and Trip Brockish

DONATION: $1,100

With MANY thanks to the Fall River Electric Cooperative crew for working so hard to complete the job before the arrival of migrating trumpeter swans! 3 years ago

Kim and Dave Remien

Kim and Dave Remien

DONATION: $200

3 years ago

FALL RIVER EMPLOYEES

FALL RIVER EMPLOYEES

DONATION: $89

3 years ago

Carol Smith and Larry Yuva

Carol Smith and Larry Yuva

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Kathleen May

Kathleen May

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Sharron Shopper and Arnold Byrd

Sharron Shopper and Arnold Byrd

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Brent and Linda Boodry

Brent and Linda Boodry

DONATION: $5

3 years ago

Ron and Sue Rope

Ron and Sue Rope

DONATION: $300

3 years ago

Norbert and Larry and Betty Schmitz

Norbert and Larry and Betty Schmitz

DONATION: $200

Ruth Schmitz, environmetalist, educator and much more.. 3 years ago

Kyle Babbitt and Philip Chavez

Kyle Babbitt and Philip Chavez

DONATION: $50

3 years ago