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Big Sky fundraiser to support Nepali earthquake relief

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By Ersin Ozer Outlaw Media and Events Director

BIG SKY – Lone Mountain Ranch, in partnership with Tsering’s Fund and the Montana State University Nepalese Student Association, is pleased to announce a fundraiser benefit to support relief efforts in response to the recent devastating earthquakes in Nepal. The Nepali Fundraiser is scheduled for 5 p.m. on June 14 at Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, Montana.

The idea was born after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the Nepal region on April 25, and a second quake measuring 7.3 struck the area on May 12. The two tremors left more than 8,500 Nepalis dead and destroyed nearly 500,000 homes.

Proceeds raised from the event will support Tsering’s Fund, a nonprofit organization run by Bozeman dentist, Peter Schmieding. Tsering’s Fund uses every penny from donations to help those in need and there is no overhead involved – 100 percent of every donation is put to direct use in Nepal.

“The world may have moved on, but the needs of Nepali people have not,” wrote Schmieding in a recent social media post.

The fundraiser will feature a live and silent auction. Auction items include a 18-day guided trek to the Mount Everest region in Nepal; 10 days of lodging in the Bahamas; and a round of golf at the Big Sky Resort Golf Course, among many others. All proceeds from the auctions, and a portion from ticket sales will support Tsering’s Fund.

Rounding out the evening will be a video and photo slideshow from recent aid efforts presented by Peter Schmieding, as well as live music from Ragged Union and Nepali guitarist Diwas Gurung.

Tickets are $25 per person and include appetizers prepared by the MSU Nepalese Student Association and Lone Mountain Ranch Executive Chef Nick Steen.

For tickets, visit or call Lone Mountain Ranch at (406) 995-4644 for more information.

The mission of Tsering’s Fund is to provide help to the needy in Nepal through private donations. Tsering’s Fund was originally established to find deserving children, families and elderly individuals and provide them with educational scholarships, medical care and basic living assistance. All donations are used completely in Nepal to help those in need. Any administrative costs are paid for personally by Tsering’s Fund board members. Due to the recent devastating earthquakes that have affected the region, efforts are now focused on providing food, shelter and supplies to villagers. Tsering’s Fund has a team on the ground helping directly with locals, and 100 percent of donations go to purchasing much-needed supplies.

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