Genevieve block party

About 100 people came out for an April 26 neighborhood meeting about the future of the Genevieve block, a fundraiser that netted $342,000 in total.

A zoning meeting and block party Friday kicked off a $7 million to $8 million fundraising campaign to preserve historic cabins and green space on East Broadway.

The effort to save the Cafe Genevieve block raised $342,000 from 335 donors on Friday alone, according to Jackson Hole Land Trust Director of Advancement and Engagement Jenny Wolfrom.

That includes a $100,000 challenge grant from an anonymous donor — who offered the funding if 100 individual donors donated any amount — and an additional $100,000 from another anonymous donor.

The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole has also committed $100,000, a press release said.

Along with other gifts, the Land Trust said it is "fast approaching" its first $1 million. The deadline for the fundraising effort is August 4.

"The support that we have seen and heard has been so inspiring and incredibly rewarding after all of the work that the project team has put in thus far," Land Trust President Laurie Andrews said. "We have a long road ahead of us, but we are encouraged by the strong project backing tonight and continue to be energized by the community’s gratitude and optimism.”

Read more in the May 1 Jackson Hole News&Guide or visit SaveGenevieve.org to get involved.

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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