By Joseph T. O’Connor Explore Big Sky Senior Editor

BIG SKY – The Spanish Peaks Community Foundation raised $19,350 by selling VIP tickets at the July 3 Beach Boys concert, during which Morningstar Learning Center amassed a total of $170,000. The nonprofit daycare/preschool plans to use the donations to hire a new executive director and for faculty and staff benefit options.

“It also allows us the opportunity to offer the community and families discounted [tuition] rates,” Jacobson said.

SPCF has contributed $40,000 to Morningstar, Yellowstone Park Foundation and the Big Sky Community Corp., with money raised between the Beach Boys show and its Calcutta sponsorship during the Big Sky Professional Bull Riders event at the end of July.