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Wild Rumpus to benefit “wild ideas”
Rebecca Rusch
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Wild Gift, a local nonprofit that supports young social entrepreneurs locally and across the globe, is hosting its inaugural benefit to celebrate Wild Gift alumni and to raise money for future Wild Gift fellows and their better world ventures.

            The Wild Rumpus will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, at Galena Lodge and will feature a BBQ dinner catered by Galena Lodge, local beer and wine, and whiskey tastings from Wyoming Whiskey.

National mountain bike champion Rebecca Rusch, known as the “Queen of Pain,” will be the featured speaker of the evening.

Jonathan Warren and The Billy Goats from Boise will play their unique blend of alt country designed for dancing. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased via Eventbrite or by visiting the Wild Gift website at

            A live auction will feature several “wild” auction items including a painting by local artist and Wild Gift board member, Deborra Bohrer, and a wilderness print from another board member, Matt Leidecker, local wilderness photographer and author.  Two 8-person yurts will be available for bidding prior to the event, with proceeds going to Wild Gift, for those who want to make an evening out of it. Camping will also be available on site. 

A shuttle service from Ketchum to Galena can be purchased for $15 per person roundtrip.

            “This will not be another run of the mill fundraiser,” said Christy Giles, Wild Gift Development Director. “How many fundraisers end with s’mores around the campfire?  It’s going to be a really unique evening!”

            “As a long-time supporter of young entrepreneurs, I love Wild Gift’s mission of getting social entrepreneurs out of the conference room and into the Idaho wilderness,” added Wild Gift Board Member, Rick LeFaivre. “What better place to celebrate this unique mission than with a party in the mountains!?”

            Wild Gift is a nonprofit based in Hailey. It has been supporting young leaders with “wild ideas that disrupt the status quo” for more than 12 years. It is the only organization in Idaho solely dedicated to supporting social entrepreneurs and offers a unique concept that combines traditional social entrepreneurship support with a wilderness component, fostering qualities such as grit, resiliency, and collaboration among fellows.

To learn more, visit or call 208-471-5091.


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