When the Jackson Hole Cutter races shut down in 2019 due to climate change and low participation, the local Shriners weren’t sure how their organization would continue to fundraise. That was until the Wilson family, which runs the Jackson Hole Rodeo every summer, reached out, offering to donate all of the proceeds from two late-season shows. The tradition has continued ever since.

The Jackson Hole Shrine Club is part of Shriners International, which supports a network of teaching hospitals that focus on nonemergency procedures to improve children’s quality of life, such as bone deformations, burns and cleft palates. Since partnering with the Wilsons, the Jackson club has raised over $100,000 each year for its partner hospital in Salt Lake City.

Contact Evan Robinson-Johnson at 732-5901 or ERJ@jhnewsandguide.com.

Evan Robinson-Johnson covers issues residents face on a daily basis, from smoky skies to housing insecurity. Originally from New England, he has settled in east Jackson and avoids crowds by rollerblading through the alleyways.

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