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10.19.15 | Montana Rail Link donates $15,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County

By MIKE KORDENBROCK, Billings Gazette - Large in amount but small in size, Montana Rail Link donated $15,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County, earning it the first-ever Platinum Membership to the club's annual Be Great Ball, officials from the club said.

"I wanted a giant check, but I drove from Missoula," Jim Lewis, the Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for MRL, said laughing. "It would've been hard to fit in the car." Brian Dennis, the president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County, said the donation affirms the club's mission and is helpful in accomplishing its goals.

"To have a major corporation like Montana Rail Link step up and believe in what we're doing and want to give back to our community, that's just fantastic," Dennis said. "And it's a great opportunity for us to put more resources into the community we serve."

Lewis said the decision to give to the Boys and Girls Club was motivated by MRL's local workforce and the club's alignment with the interest of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, a philanthropic branch of MRL's owners the Washington Companies.

"It's a great organization; it fits right in our wheelhouse with early childhood education," Lewis said. "And with 500 of our dedicated employees stationed in Billings and the surrounding area, we felt that it was a great partnership opportunity."

In addition to recognition from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County, the Platinum sponsorship earns them a table at the Be Great Ball at the Northern Hotel, an annual fundraiser. Money raised at the event will go toward scholarships and other forms of club support

"If folks are interested to get involved to help the kids, we would love to explore opportunities for them to get involved," Dennis said.


Montana Rail Link's Jim Lewis, center, gets a tour of the Orchard Clubhouse of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County by, from left, the clubs' Karrie Owen, Brian Dennis and Sarah Bernd.  MRL gave a $15,000 donation for the clubs' annual Be Great Ball on Monday.

Photo credit: Larry Mayer/Gazette Staff

Montana Rail Link's Jim Lewis, center, gets a tour of the Orchard Clubhouse of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County by, from left, the clubs' Karrie Owen, Brian Dennis and Sarah Bernd. MRL gave a $15,000 donation for the clubs' annual Be Great Ball on Monday.

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