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Whitefish at its best

| January 18, 2023 1:00 AM

On Jan. 7, a big outpouring of love and support came out to celebrate the 75th birthday of Gary Cabell, longtime Whitefish resident and beloved member of our community. After a massive GoFundMe campaign (currently at $58,697), a huge group of longtime locals congregated at The Montana Tap House to celebrate, not only Gary, but the strength of our community as a whole.

It was an incredible experience. His granddaughter, Kimani Carson, sang a song for him, followed by a rousing “Happy Birthday” sing along. There was a raffle in which we raised another $3,342, and a beautiful cake. And many, many tears of love shared with people who hadn’t seen each other for a long time.

This night was Whitefish at its best: Loving, supportive, generous and fun!

So many local businesses supported this event and helped raise even more money to help Gary get the support and systems he needs to heal up. We want to thank each of you personally, and encourage everyone to support these businesses that really have all of our backs!

Whitefish Mountain Resort, The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Grouse Mountain Lodge, Hertz Rent a Car, Big Mountain Botanicals, The Montana Tap House, Sure Water Systems, Flathead Wakeboard Academy, Flip Spinal Care, Kandahar Lodge, Box of Rain, Third Street Market, World Spice Merchants, Vibe Wellness Studio, Velvet Touch Energy Works, Glacier Guides & Montana Raft, Legend Soccer Company, Stumptown Snowboards, Black Star Brewery, Walking Man Gallery, Glacier World, Karen Minton Creative, Schellinger Construction, Backslope Brewing, Montana Coffee Traders. Haskill Creek Farms, Galaxy Glass, Yoga Hive Whitefish, Firefly Horse Wellness Retreat Center, Fermata Biofield Tuning, Whitefish Lake Golf Club, Casey’s Whitefish, Alternative Wellness Montana and Forage 406.

We’re going to keep this GoFundMe going, so please share the word with friends and family. Thank you for making the world a better place!

— Gary Cabell, Lauren Walker, Jesse Miller, Cara Lederman and David Laing

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