Posted: Sep 5, 2013 6:01 PM by KBZK News
BUTTE - Mariah's Challenge, the Butte, Montana non-profit organization dedicated to fighting underage drinking and driving under the influence, received a $10,000 Challenge Grant from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation.
The grant is to help fund the scholarships of area seniors applying for and receiving the 2014 Mariah's Challenge Scholarship.
Mariah's Challenge is a scholarship program to fight underage drinking and driving under the influence.
The foundation began after Mariah McCarthy was hit and killed by an underage drunk driver in 2007.
The program has since awarded $195,000 in scholarships to Butte area seniors and has been featured on several media platforms.
"Mariah's Challenge has been a great tool of positive growth in our youth and community as a whole," Jon Wick, Executive Director of the foundation, said.
"We are very grateful to have the support from such a wonderful group in the Washington Foundation, who are helping us reach more youth and encouraging them to make healthy life decisions. This is an incredible opportunity to help make our community safer for every person who calls Butte home," Wick said.
This Washington Foundation Challenge Grant will match donations of any amount through the end of the year.
Mariah's Challenge is currently raffling off seats to the September 29th game between the Denver Broncos and the Philadelphia Eagles, a package worth more than $4,000, with the chance to see Butte's Colt Anderson take the field.
The package includes four 45-yard-line tickets, two hotel rooms for two nights and an airfare voucher.
All raffle tickets are $20 and will be included in the matching grant. Tickets can be purchased at the Hennessy Market, MacKenzie River Pizza, Fuel Fitness, Metals Sports Bar and Grill and at the KBOW/KOPR studios.
Individuals or businesses wishing to contribute to this effort can mail to Mariah's Challenge, PO Box 66, Butte, MT 59703.