In the wake of Jamie Pierre’s untimely death, the Big Sky community is coming together to support his family. The Big Sky Chaplain’s Association is working with the ski resorts and many individuals to host a fundraiser.

“Even though [the Pierres] are new to the community, I think Jamie had touched a bunch of people here,” said Moonlight’s Greg Pack. “Our goal is to help out a local family in need.”

Pack said everyone he’d spoken with was more than willing to be part of the fundraiser, asking how to help.

Amee (Jamie’s wife) wants to make sure the fundraiser is a celebration of Jamie’s life, Pack added.

“She said Jamie would want it to be a lighthearted event. To celebrate the fun in life. He was fairly easy going, and would want people to celebrate that way.”

Pack and professional skier Scot Schmidt will emcee the evening, which will include a “dine around” format with food from area restaurants. Items will be auctioned off, and all proceeds will go to the Pierres.

“The Big Sky Chaplains exist to communicate the good news of Jesus Christ and to help in tangible ways in critical times,” said Doug Timm, the Pierre’s pastor. “But we could not do it alone. The community has really helped.”

An anonymous donor has promised to match the first $15,000 raised in the auction.

Schmidt notes the mark Pierre left on the ski community as a whole, calling him a “true inspiration”:

“Although we moved in the same circles for many years, our paths only recently crossed,” he said. “Getting to know Jamie was easy. His approach was bold, and his courage was infectious. His death has stirred our emotions, but it is his life that will inspire us forever.”

Details:

Dec. 26, 7 p.m. at Buck T-4 Lodge
Evening will include silent auction, food and cash bar. $10 cover

To submit an auction item, contact Doug Timm at 581-0142, or drop items off at the Outlaw Partners office in the Big Sky Meadow Village.