Marne Hayes,Betsy McFadden,Sue Areneson and Stacey Chapman (L to R) dedicate time to Women In Action in order to help the community. PHOTO COURTESY WIA

Women In Action Virtual Par-Tee set for Sept. 2

Annual golf tournament fundraiser transitions to a day of celebration

Fifteen years ago, nine women with a big dream became a force for good in Big Sky. Women in Action (WIA) was established as a grassroots nonprofit to help meet an assortment of community needs. Through WIA, scholarships are now available so children from working families in Big Sky can go to camps. The organization helps fund local educational and enrichment programs for children and youth. Also, notably, WIA helps provide mental health and substance use counseling services to the community.

Nonprofits used to having fun shindigs are mostly doing the virtual shuffle – a necessary precaution during COVID times. WIA is no exception. Many golfers would be getting out their irons and preparing for some good-natured competition for a good cause with the Par The Peaks Golf Tournament, but that has shifted this year. Instead, the virtual day of celebration will include stories from board members and supporters, raffle prizes, giveaways, live social media events and a virtual happy hour, according to WIA board member Betsy McFadden.

She outlined ways for people to participate:

• Follow Women in Action on Facebook and Instagram – and share social media content during WIA’s Day of Celebration

• Host a watch party – following proper social distancing guidelines – for a virtual happy hour

• Donate a raffle prize

• Give – “any amount you are able to give will provide Big Sky kids with camp scholarships, enhance arts education at Ophir School and offer access to crucial behavioral health services.”

While the pandemic has changed many aspects of dayto-day life, McFadden noted that “WIA’s commitment to enriching the lives of everyone who calls Big Sky home” remains unwavering.

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