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Ovando foundation grant caps
funds for new Health Center

Construction possible now with $150,000 grant

Jack Copps, left, and Tim Love accept $150,000 on behalf of board of trustees.

October 28, 1999
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana

by Gary Noland

A $150,000 grant from the Chutney Foundation, a foundation formed by an Ovando ranching family, has covered a shortfall the Seeley-Swan Health Center had in its plans for a $500,000-plus new health center.

Tim Love, trustee board chairman, said the grant, added to the interest-free $400,000 USDA and Blackfoot Telephone loan approved by Congress in July, is enough to begin construction.

He and board member Jack Copps expressed profound gratitude, on the part of the Health Center board of trustees, to the Chutney Foundation for this gift.

The Chutney Foundation was funded from the estates of Tom Edwin and Cora Buhl Barbour of Ovando. Tomas Edwin Barbour died in 1979, and Cora Buhl Barbour died January 20, 1995.

The couple were married on March 11, 1941. Together they developed the Monture Ranch in Ovando.

A spokesperson at the Missoula law firm of Knight and Maser, which administers the Foundation's work, said an article in the July 15 edition of the Pathfinder, explaining a need for an additional $150,000 for a new Health Center, was brought to the attention of the board, which then contacted the center, suggesting that the health board apply to the Chutney Foundation for a grant.

The Foundation is administered by a board consisting of three family members and three non-family members. Jim Maser is secretary-treasurer of the Foundation, which was formed to support projects for citizens in the Blackfoot Valley of Western Montana, and the communities which serve them, according to a brochure.

Love said the board is still negotiating on a possible site along Highway 83 for the new center's location.


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