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IBR partners with Idaho Stampede for Women of the Year fundraiser

Anne Kunkel, one of the 2012 IBR Women of the Year, was named honorary caption at the Women of the Year Night at the Stampede for raising the most money for the Women's and Children's Alliance by selling the most tickets.This year's nonprofit recipient is The Cabin. Photo courtesy of Idaho Stampede

Blake Ahearn of the Reno Bighorns, left, and Tony Bobbit of the Idaho Stampede congratulate Anne Kunkel, one of the 2012 IBR Women of the Year. Kunkel was named honorary captain at the Women of the Year Night at the Stampede for raising the most money for the Women’s and Children’s Alliance by selling the most tickets. This year’s nonprofit recipient is The Cabin. Photo courtesy of Idaho Stampede

For the 10th year, Idaho Business Review is celebrating 50 successful businesswomen. And for the fifth year, it’s partnering with the Idaho Stampede to offer a fundraiser. This year, The Cabin is the nonprofit recipient.

The IBR Women of the Year at the Idaho Stampede Night has become an annual tradition that blends friendly competition and a worthy cause into an evening of professional basketball watching.

Here’s how it works: The IBR Women of the Year are invited to buy and sell Idaho Stampede tickets at $10 a ticket, a discounted price from the normal $15. For every ticket they sell, $2 goes to The Cabin. The person who sells the most tickets is named honorary captain of the game, meets with the game captains to go over the rules before the game, gets four premium seats for the game, and is introduced at center court. And all of the IBR Women of the Year who attend are recognized during the game.

“It’s a way for us to offer these successful women a fun night out with family and friends, and a chance to network with one another – and a way to give back,” said Ty Carter, Idaho Stampede media and public relations coordinator.

The fundraiser has brought in close to $5,000 for local nonprofits including Idaho Foodbank, Girl Scouts of the Silver Sage Council, and the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. The most raised for an organization so far was in 2013 when the women tallied more than $1,300 for Idaho Foodbank.

Britt Udesen, executive director of The Cabin, a nonprofit that offers writing classes, workshops and camps for adults and children, said the organization’s most popular programs include Idaho Writing Camps for youth and adults, Writers in the Schools, which brings local and professional writers into classrooms throughout the Treasure Valley, and the Readings and Conversation series.

Britt Udesen is the executive director at The Cabin, this year's designated nonprofit for the IBR Women of the Year. Photo by Jeanne Huff

Britt Udesen is the executive director at The Cabin, this year’s designated nonprofit for the IBR Women of the Year. Here she is pictured with her dog, Loulou, holding Cambia Writers in the Schools 2014, a compilation of students’ stories and poems, published by The Cabin. Photo by Jeanne Huff

“We’re very excited. Seventy percent of our programs are free or subsidized,” Udesen said. “We don’t turn any kid – or adult – away.”

The Women of the Year Night at the Stampede is Feb. 21, with Idaho Stampede v. Bakersfield Jam. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the game starts at 7. That night is also Military Appreciation Night. The Marines will present a color guard and the Navy is conducting a swearing-in ceremony prior to the singing of the national anthem. An added bonus that night: national halftime performer Aleysa Gulevich, a Hula Hoop performance artist who has set three Guinness world records and was a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

You can support The Cabin by purchasing tickets to the Idaho Stampede game by phone – (208) 287-3805. Don’t forget to say the name of one of the women of the year’s names so she can get credit.

The Idaho Business Review is honoring the 2015 Women of the Year at an awards event at the Riverside Hotel on Feb. 26. The event is sold out. The women and their stories will also be featured in a special publication published with the Feb. 27 Idaho Business Review.

For a list of this year’s IBR Women of the year, click on this link: https://idahobusinessreview.com/2014/12/16/from-record-breaking-numbers-come-50-outstanding-women-of-the-year/

Alysa Gulevich, hula hoop performance artist, will perform at halftime at the Idaho Stampede Feb. 21. Photo courtesy Idaho Stampede

Aleysa Gulevich, Hula Hoop performance artist, will perform at halftime at the Idaho Stampede Feb. 21. Photo courtesy Idaho Stampede

About Jeanne Huff

Jeanne Huff is the special sections editor at IBR, editor of Women of the Year, Accomplished Under 40, CEOs of Influence, Money Makers, Leaders in Law, Corporate Guide to Event Planning as well as editor of custom publications including Welcome to Boise, Dining Decisions, Idaho Heartland Living and Travelog.