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Gianforte Announces Spirit of Montana Recipient: Montana Outfitters and Guides Association

June 29, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte recognized the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association with the Spirit of Montana commendation for the organization’s Big Hearts Under the Big Sky. The program provides guided and outfitted trips at no cost to those who need Montana’s outdoors and recreation most, including breast cancer patients, children with life-threatening illnesses, and veterans.

Gianforte’s Spirit of Montana is a weekly recognition of Montanans for their accomplishments, dedication, or service. Gianforte highlights the recipient in the U.S. House of Representatives and personally contacts the honoree.

Gianforte encourages anyone to nominate Montanans for the Spirit of Montana award by contacting his office at 202-225-3211 or by e-mail at https://gianforte.house.gov/contact/email.

Gianforte’s statement in the Congressional Record about the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association is available HERE and follows:

RECOGNIZING THE MONTANA OUTFITTERS AND GUIDES ASSOCIATION

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association. The organization started Big Hearts Under the Big Sky, a program providing guided and outfitted trips at no charge to recipients. The recipients include breast cancer patients and survivors, children with serious illnesses, and veterans.

The association identifies families and matches their recreation wishes with member organizations. Recipients get to experience Montana’s breath-taking scenery in backcountry outings. Some choose to fly fish the Yellowstone River, while others hunt trophy elk, moose, and other big game.

Celebrating its tenth year, Big Hearts Under the Big Sky is a testament to the restorative power of Montana’s outdoors, to the hard work of Montana’s more than 200 licensed outfitters and guides, and to the selflessness of the volunteers and sponsors who make this program possible.

For opening Montana’s outdoor treasures to those who need it most, I recognize the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association for embodying the spirit of Montana.

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