CPMC Foundation cancels Gala

Submitted by Cabinet Peaks Medical Center


Traditionally, this is the time of year the CPMC Foundation is in full swing planning for their biggest fundraiser of the year. Preparations for another festive signature event fixing to entertain hundreds of our community members and hoping to raise tens of thousands of dollars for Cabinet Peaks Medical Center would have been well under way.  As you may have already guessed, the CPMC Foundation has announced the cancellation of this year’s event.

“We have had to make the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Festival Gala,” stated Allye Anderson, Executive Director of the CPMC Foundation.  “The safety of our community and our donor family is of utmost importance to us, and as much as we want to hold our annual Gala, we just don’t feel that it is the social responsible thing to do at this time.”

In a letter that went out to regular contributors of the Gala, Anderson acknowledged the difficult times local businesses are currently facing.  “We are aware of the financial burden our current pandemic has put on many of our local businesses and understand that some of our donors may not be able to give as generously this year as they have in the past, or to give at all.  However, if you have the means to support the foundation by making your annual Gala gift, we invite you to do so and would greatly appreciate your support.”

CPMC Foundation has had to cancel this major fundraising event for the year, but is still working hard to contribute to the medical center through fundraising.  In lieu of the Gala, they have announced a Holiday Extravaganza 5 Day Raffle. Winners will be drawn December 13th through December 17th. Three to four prizes are designated for each day. First name drawn will receive the first prize listed, second name drawn will receive second prized listed, and so forth. Tickets are $50 per ticket and available on the Cabinet Peaks website: or through any CPMC Foundation Board member.  Any donation to the Gala and proceeds from the Holiday Extravaganza Raffle will be used for the benefit of Cabinet Peaks Medical Center.

Anderson concluded, “I would like to thank our community for their history of generosity to our foundation.  It is our donors who make us successful in what we do.  We appreciate you and know wholeheartedly that without each and every one of your contributions, our local medical center would not be the outstanding healthcare facility that it is today.  Thank you!”

For questions about the CPMC Foundation, the Gala, or the Holiday Extravaganza Raffle, call 283-7140.

Gov. Gianforte kicks off Apprenticeship Week

Submitted by

Brooke Stroyke,

Office of the Governor

Gov. Gianforte greets apprentices and employees at Dick Anderson Construction. Photo courtesy of Brooke Stroyke

“Apprenticeship programs empower Montana workers, expand their lifetime earning potential, and ensure employers have a highly-skilled workforce,” said Gov. Gianforte. During the stop, the governor signed a proclamation declaring the week of November 15 to November 21,  to be Apprenticeship Week in Montana.

According to the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI), 48-percent of the new job growth in Montana over the next 10 years is projected to be in apprentice able occupations, equaling roughly 30,000 jobs per year. Promoting and increasing access to apprenticeship opportunities and trades education to build a stronger Montana workforce are key pillars of the Montana Comeback Plan.

One year after graduation, apprentices earn an average of $59,000, approximately $11,700 higher than the state average.

“Montana’s registered apprenticeship program plays a vital role in offering a pathway to good-paying careers for thousands of Montana workers,” Commissioner of Labor & Industry Laurie Esau said. “National Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity to build awareness about these unique programs and help educate Montanans about the benefits they provide both employees and employers.”

Over 2,600 apprentices were active in Montana in 2021 in 85 different occupations. In a huge boost to skilled trades, Gov. Gianforte signed into law the Montana Trades Education Credit (M-TEC) providing $1 million per year in 50-percent credits to businesses for their employers to learn a trade. M-TEC will support as many as 1,000 scholarships annually.