Save the Block map

The area outlined in blue on this draft proposal shows the section of the block that will be protected by Jackson Hole Land Trust green space and historic character easements.

The Jackson Hole Land Trust needs about 750 donations of any size to complete its fundraising effort to save a historic downtown block.

That will get the Land Trust to its goal of getting 5,000 gifts by Aug. 9 (extended from Aug. 5) and win the project a final $1 million challenge grant, director of advancement and engagement Jenny Wolfrom said.

“If you’ve already given, you can give again,” Wolfrom said. “It’s not number of donors, it’s number of gifts.”

Another $750,000 — plus the $1 million from the successful challenge grant — will bring the campaign to the $7 million finish line, Wolfrom said.

The Land Trust funding will go toward preserving the downtown Jackson block, which is home to historic cabins at Cafe Genevieve, Persephone Bakery and Healthy Being Juicery.

“This project has been totally about the community and about everyone being able to support it in their own way and showing up in the way that they can,” Wolfrom said. “That’s been really inspiring to us at the Land Trust. It’s been really inspiring to some of the lead donors that have come in with the challenges.”

After a pending sale of the block threatened to bulldoze the buildings last year for a hotel, an anonymous family stepped up in April to put the property under contract. Since then, the Land Trust has raised money to “Save the Block” by buying up easements to protect what the community values about the land, including the character of its historic buildings and the green space in between them.

Sweet Cheeks patrons can contribute Friday by eating lunch there, as $2 of every taco sold will benefit the project. And from 5 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 7, a portion of pizza sales at Hand Fire Pizza will also go toward saving the block.

“We’re just super excited about how everyone’s been rallying together and coming together and making this happen,” Wolfrom said.

For information on the project, visit savetheblock.org.

Contact Allie Gross at 732-7063 or county@jhnewsandguide.com.

Allie Gross covers Teton County government. Originally from the Chicago area, she joined the News&Guide in 2017 after studying politics and Spanish at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

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