In June the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole decided to change Old Bill’s Fun Run, which normally draws a crowd of 3,500 people or more to an all-day event celebrating the valley’s nonprofit community and the philanthropy that powers it, to something in keeping with COVID-19 safety restrictions.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to sicken and kill, those safety threats remain. So the Community Foundation has decided to change how the annual Old Bill’s awards ceremony works, too, turning it into an online affair.
At 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, the foundation will release a video message on its website and social media accounts from President Laurie Andrews that will reveal the total amount raised in the 2020 Fun Run. The winner of the Spirit of Old Bill’s award also will be announced.
“While we are disappointed that we cannot celebrate Old Bill’s in person this year,” Andrews said, “we are deeply grateful to the community for showing up during the Giving Season.”
After the online announcement, on Oct. 27 the foundation will hold a drive-by check distribution. Nonprofits that participated in Old Bill’s this year will be able to pick up their checks from their car outside the Community Foundation office, at 245 E. Simpson. Groups can drive by at set hours throughout the day, as scheduled alphabetically by organization names. Any checks not picked up will be held at the office until the end of November.
Anne Bradley, the Community Foundation’s director of marketing and communication, said 2020 was an incredible year of creativity and connectivity, despite the difficulties posed by the pandemic.
“On a daily basis, we saw organizations thinking outside the box and pivoting in response to COVID — both in terms of Old Bill’s and their operations as a whole,” she said.
Over the past 24 years, since it was envisioned by an anonymous philanthropic couple as an event to support nonprofits, Old Bill’s Fun Run has raised more than $173 million for the community.
For information on the virtual awards ceremony, or for information about the event, visit OldBills.org.