Purple & Gold Foundation

April 15th was the 2nd annual Purple & Gold Legacy Foundation event and the turnout was noteworthy with a little over 300 people attending. The Foundation was created by Michael Lerwick and the purpose of the foundation is to create funding for existing and potential Pine Bluffs youth organizations. Their mission statement outlines “This funding will provide opportunities for success and growth of the youth of Pine Bluffs.”

2022 was their launch year with around 250 attendees. Raising around $115,000, the foundation was able to assist the 4-H shooting sports organization pay for their range memberships, buy cold gear and gps watches for the cross-country team and so much more. Overall, the organization helped fund over 28 youth projects in the area through their first event.

The committee now consists of approximately six members who plan and host the event and determine the best ways to distribute funds. The community itself comes together to provide items to help make it the success that it is. “Not only do the local businesses and individuals show up to the event, but they are also integral in getting the banquet together, by donating items or their time. They are a huge part in making this happen. Whether it’s food or items purchased, we try to support local as much as we can through the process.” said Allie Leitza, a committee member.

During the event, there is a prime rib dinner, a silent auction, live auction, a pick a prize event/activity, and a 50/50 raffle to name a few. The 2023 event raised funds to distribute $85,000 worth of needs for local youth organizations. “We were humbled by the turnout and the number of people who showed up for the youth in our community,” said Allie.

Hats off to Michael Lerwick, the committee members and the Pine Bluffs Community for their dedication to their youth. The Purple and Gold Legacy Foundation banquet is an inspiring event held by a community of inspiring people.

If you would like to donate or attend next year’s event, please contact Allie Leitza at 307-640-2019.

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