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Grand Teton Lodging Company Employees Participate in EpicPromise Week 2017

Jackson WLRA Members Give Back


The WLRA hosted our 8th annual golf classic at the Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club last September. While driving there from Cheyenne and spending the week meeting members and preparing for the tournament, I was reminded what a truly special place Jackson is. Obviously it has natural beauty, but it’s the sense of community that really makes it stand out. We were in Jackson to raise money for the WLRA and our Education Foundation, and the generosity and giving spirit was abundant everywhere we went. 

Joe Madera, the General Manager at the Spring Hill Suites has been the WLRA Golf Classic Chairman for all 8 years that the event has been in existence. “Assisting with the annual WLRA Golf Classic has been very rewarding in knowing the money raised helps support and educate our future workforce. It’s been a pleasure to see the event grow over the years and to know that collectively we are working to create a sustainable workforce for our industry.” said Madera.

Other organizations that Madera and his team support and engage with are the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Jackson Hole, Central Wyoming College, Elks Club fundraisers, Community Foundation of Jackson Hole and of course the WLRA.

The Grand Teton Lodge Company  (host of the WLRA golf classic at their beautiful course for the past 8 years) had over 50 employees participate in EpicPromise Week, volunteering in the park clearing 1,052 feet of brush at the Jackson Lake Dam parking area. At String Lake they moved 20 cubic feet of materials to repair the boat launch, replaced 104 feet of buck-n-rail fencing, installed 25 restoration signs, rehabbed 1,578 feet of trails and completed the installment of 6 bear boxes. 

When we stopped by Jackson Hole Still Works to pick up some generously donated prizes, owners Travis Goodman and Chas Marsh gave us a tour of their still and their unique and sustainable production process. By reusing and recycling heat and water from the process, giving by-product waste to a local farmer for feed and only using Wyoming corn, oat and other products, they cut down on their eco footprint and are a productive partner to their town and state. Jackson Hole Still Works was also an Ace level sponsor of the golf tournament.

The day before the tournament I stopped in Pizzeria Caldera for a delicious slice, and visited with owner and WLRA member Chris Hanson where we talked about ways that they give back to the community.  Hanson and his team work with Jackson Cupboard and Hole Food Rescue to help eliminate food insecurity for those in need. Chris and his wife also support local art, animal rescue organizations and the cycling community. 

We met the Zach Padilla (aka the Bomb Sommelier) who uses wine to help many different causes in Wyoming, and Laura with the Clear Creek Group who supports various groups focused on the arts, sustainability and outdoor recreation, and these are just the people I met getting ready for the golf tournament. The WLRA is proud to have so many Teton County members that all give back to their community in many varied and generous ways. Not only did Jackson WY, play a big part in helping the WLRA raise over $16K for our association and our Education Foundation, but your WLRA members play a significant role in your community making it a great place to live and visit.  


Tom Miller

 Sales and Membership Director

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