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Fundraising event hits radio waves because of Covid

On Friday, the Whitefish Community Foundation and KGEZ Radio will broadcast a live broadcast celebrating the achievements of the 61 local nonprofits participating in the foundation’s Great Fish Community Challenge.

“Great Fish On Air with KGEZ” will run from 7.20am to 1.00pm and feature interviews with representatives of nonprofits and other guests from the community. Over the course of the program, the Whitefish Community Foundation will award more than $ 5,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations.

The radio show is being hosted as a replacement for this year’s Great Fish Fun Run and community celebration at Depot Park, which was canceled due to the latest wave of Covid-19 infections and hospitalizations.

“As more and more local nonprofits cancel their fundraising events due to concerns related to Covid-19, the funds they are raising through the Great Fish Community Challenge are going to be from critically important to their programs and projects in the coming year, ”President of the Whitefish Community Foundation. Linda Engh-Grady said in a press release.

The Great Fish Community Challenge is a six-week charitable giving campaign that allows donors to give to multiple organizations in one transaction. This year’s challenge started on August 5th and ends on September 17th.

Donations of $ 50 or more made during the Friday broadcast will be entered into draws for a chance to win a grant of $ 250 for a non-profit organization selected by the donor.

Donations can be made online at, or in person between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell or at the Whitefish Community Foundation office.

“100% of your donation goes directly to the nonprofit organizations you designate, and your donation goes further with a percentage matching grant from the Whitefish Community Foundation,” said Engh-Grady.

The program will air locally on 96.5 FM and 600 AM, and on The station also has a free app for listeners to connect with their smartphones or tablets.