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Gianforte Recognizes Lohgan Dennehy of Butte With Spirit of Montana Commendation

May 8, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) recognized Lohgan Dennehy of Butte with his Spirit of Montana commendation for her work providing handcrafted personal protective masks to health care, school district, and community workers as Montana combats the COVID-19 outbreak.

At 10 years old, Lohgan is already making a difference in her community. A couple months ago, she heard about the demand for masks across the state due to the coronavirus outbreak. She immediately wanted to help. Lohgan has sewn more than 120 masks for essential workers and people who are at risk of contracting the virus.

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 honorees.

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

Gianforte’s statement in the Congressional Record follows:

RECOGNIZING LOHGAN DENNEHY OF BUTTE

Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor Lohgan Dennehy of Butte for her work providing handcrafted personal protective masks to health care, school district, and community workers as Montana combats the COVID-19 outbreak.

At 10 years old, Lohgan knows what she wants to be when she grows up – a fashion designer. To encourage her dream, Lohgan’s parents bought her a sewing kit, and her mother taught her how to sew. She’s become a natural.

Her parents say she has a heart of gold, that she’s one of the most kindhearted human beings you’ve ever met. She enjoys making a difference. It was no surprise when Lohgan wanted to help when she heard there was a shortage of masks in Butte.

Lohgan watched YouTube videos on the proper way to make a mask with her sewing machine and materials. She admits it was difficult at first, but eventually she mastered the process and can make one in just 20 minutes. Lohgan sends her special masks to doctors and nurses at both St. James Healthcare in Butte and the Community Hospital of Anaconda, Butte’s public transportation drivers, school district employees delivering meals to kids, soldiers at the local military enlistment offices, and anyone who has a pre-existing condition. Montanans throughout our state have also embraced Lohgan in her efforts, donating money and supplies to keep her going.

So far, she’s made 120 masks and has another 50 requests to make more. It’s a lot of work for Lohgan, who’s completing her fourth grade assignments from home, but she’s committed to doing her part to keep people safe and healthy.

Madam Speaker, for using her talents to help her fellow Montanans amid a public health crisis, I recognize Lohgan Dennehy for her spirit of Montana.