Sweet baby Violet and her mother Leah visit friends early in the evening. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Big Sky residents unite for sweet baby Violet

$5,100 raised in a single night

Big Sky came together, residents donated their talents and $5,100 was raised for the Clendenin family for “sweet baby Violet’s” fight against Cerebral Palsy. It all took place during a single night of fun at Blend Big Sky and The Rocks Tasting Room.

100% of ticket sales, 100% of tips to bartenders, 100% of proceeds from raffle tickets and 50% of food/bar sales went to the family. 

“It was another successful fundraiser where this community did what it does best – took care of a family in need,” Jennifer Rau who bartends at The Rocks said. “That’s why Big Sky is such an amazing place to live.” 

The bands Double Barrel and Scavenger donated their musical talents – with Blend wine bar abruptly transforming into a venue for a metal show. No mosh pit erupted, but attendees certainly did dance. 

“We had donations from 22 generous businesses around Big Sky for raffle prizes,” The Rocks owner Kara Blodgett said. 

Of those prizes, Rau remembered that Big Sky Resort donated a night stay and lift tickets for two, most restaurants donated gift certificates, Grizzly Outfitters donated a backpack and Rhinestone Cowgirl donated a necklace. 

Drew Clendenin, baby Violet’s father, also auctioned off one of his tattoos. 

“I thought it was a good turnout and great success. All the Scavenger guys have known the family and especially Drew [Clendenin] forever, so we were happy to help in anyway we could,” Brenton Philippi, guitarist for Scavenger said. 

Josh Kone, owner of Blend wine bar, came-up with the idea, Blodgett explained. 

“It was his idea to help our friends out in anyway we could. I’m happy he asked us at The Rocks to participate!” she said.

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