Category Archives: Planning

Thanks, Breakfast Flakes!

A big Champion “THANKS” going out to Breakfast Flakes at Cat Country 102.9 for mentioning our Champions for a Cause events on their E-mail Segment this morning!

The attached PSA went out to local/regional radio and tv broadcasters last night, so they would have them to start airing today.

Champions for a Cause
2011—Bringing Business Home

What is Champions for a Cause and the “Bringing Business Home” Initiative?
Montana Silversmiths® and Special K Ranch are working together to Bring Business Home with fundraising events August 18, 19, & 20. The goal is to raise $75,000 towards a light manufacturing facility that will offer residents of Special K Ranch revenue generating opportunities. For more information on how you can help the “Bringing Business Home” initiative, visit or call 406-322-6036

Champions for a Cause is a non-profit initiative started by Montana Silversmiths to better serve our community and state.  2011 marks the first year that Montana Silversmiths will select a local non-profit partner and create a campaign to serve the needs of our community and local economy.  With a new building especially designed for production work, Special K Ranch will be able to generate new economic opportunities, such as making Montana Silversmiths’ signature blue boxes, to complement their agriculture and horticulture businesses. Special K Ranch and this building project will represent the first of its kind.

Each year, Montana Silversmiths will identify and put forth a non-profit partnership to benefit the community. All Champions for a Cause proceeds will benefit Special K Ranch! Each night of the MontanaFair Yellowstone River Round-Up Rodeo at MetraPark, a $1 of each ticket will be donated to Champions for a Cause.



Surprise visit from John Wayne Schultz

It was so exciting to get a visit from John Wayne Schultz! Sadly, he won’t be in town for the Champions events in August, but he treated us to a performance while he was here and allowed us to share with you!


Help us get 100 fans on Facebook!

As we prepare for the events this August, now is the time to get the word out, and tell as many people as we can about supporting this cause. You can be a champion for Special K Ranch by helping us surpass 100 fans on Facebook.

Ways you can spread the word: Like, Share, Link

First: If you have a Facebook page, “Like” the Champions for a Cause Facebook page (

Like Champions for a Cause on Facebook

Click on the "Like" button on the Champions for a Cause page

Next, Share the page with your friends

To do this, click on the “Share” link in the left column of the Champions for a Cause page, then write a short message to encourage your friends to visit the page and “Like” it too. It’s a great cause with great stories to share!

Share the Champions for a Cause page

Share the Champions for a Cause page

And last, share the link

This is optional since you’ve already shared the Champions Facebook page, but is another great way to spread the word. A third way you can help get the word out about Champions for a Cause is to share a link to our website ( . In your own Facebook page, click on the link option when you go to make a status update. As you fill in the blanks in the pop up window, you can click on the title and/or the description of the link to edit the details and make it more descriptive for your friends.

Share a link to

Share a link to

Help us pass ONE HUNDRED fans on Facebook, spread the word and be our Champion!



Telling the Story

Last night, Montana Silversmiths was proud to host a reception for the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce. It was very exciting to invite the local community in to see the newly remodeled offices and production area and introduct some of our new production technology.

*Note* this was a great preview of what’s to come in the Aug 20 Montana Silversmiths Production Plant tour. We want lots of people to come in for this rare opportunity to see inside!

Before the grand tour, Rick Ruebusch, Montana Silversmiths’ CEO, spoke with the Chamber crowd about the importance of supporting local businesses, and how Montana Silversmiths is firmly standing by that belief both in the plant’s practices, but also why Champions for a Cause was started.

Then Judy Wagner, Montana Silversmiths’ Marketing Director, presented the story of how the idea for Champions began, the work that is already done to towards our goals, and how the local community can participate, have fun, and “raise a barn” at the same time.

You can download the information packet here, with details on how to sign up for the tournaments, submit donations for the silent and live auctions, buy dinner tickets and more.

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A Champion of Inspiration

To participate in planning this giant fundraiser is truly empowering. Of course as time grows closer to the Champions for a Cause event in August, more and more people will join our ranks to help guide each individual event … the receptions, tournaments, rodeos, auctions. For those of us who took picked up this idea and set down to make it happen, it is an overwhelming thing to consider.

Judy Wagner, our champion of planning, started today’s meeting with a truly inspirational message. Admitting that she too is daunted by the task before us, she drew a circle on a piece of paper:

The big blue circle? Our task at hand. As one person, the skills I can use toward this task, the people I know to reach out to for help … it seems so small by myself.

But when we add our circles of influence together, suddenly the task is manageable. Working together, we can make this incredible thing happen! 

Your part doesn’t have to accomplish everything. It only needs to compliment our other parts to play – through volunteering, donating the places, pieces and prizes we need to make these events happen, sponsoring participants or just adding a little cash to the fund’s goal. How can you help?


Spreading the Word with Info Cards

It’s a great event to talk about – fun events, helping the community, boosting our local economy – and we need *lots* of people to get involved. Getting people to take action and sign up to volunteer, sponsor and participate is just made easier with Champions for a Cause information cards. They’re a little bit like a business card that you can hand out to spread the word so people can take them home, think about it, and hop online here to take action.

Need a stack of cards? Email with your request.


Planning Update

At today’s meeting we clarified the events hosted at the Bringing Business Home event, this August. Next week is the deadline to complete the event schedules so we can write the sponsor/info packet. Committees chairs are assigned with setting more details for each of their event scopes.

The next meeting is in two weeks.