GREAT FALLS — Over the past decade, the Montana East-West Shrine football game has raised more than $1 million for the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Spokane.
But with the 2020 contest called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Montana communities are stepping up to organize separate fundraisers to help defray the loss of revenue from the game.
In Great Falls, local Shrine game coordinators are hosting a golf tournament on Sept. 5 at Eagle Falls Golf Course. Just like the game itself, the goal is to keep Shriners Hospital patients at the forefront of the event.
“We have some patients and their families that will be there,” said organizer Mandy Brumwell. “The golfers will get a chance to visit with kids while they’re waiting at the Par 3 holes and learn their stories and find out why we do what we do.”
Brumwell’s 12-year-old son Grant is a Shriner’s Hospital patient who was born with bilateral clubbed feet.
“I don’t know where Grant would be without the Shriners,” Mandy said. “For me, this is my way to give back to help fundraise for the hospital.
The tournament is limited to 26 teams. For more information, call Mandy Brumwell at (406) 868-9315 or John Hayes at (406) 590-5646.