Native activists to be recognized at Forward Montana's Rockstar Hall of Fame

Forward Montana, the state’s largest youth civic engagement organization, is hosting its 6th Annual Rockstar Hall of Fame event.(Photo: Forward Montana)

Young advocates celebrate community leaders

News Release

Forward Montana

Forward Montana, the state’s largest youth civic engagement organization, will be hosting the 6th Annual Rockstar Hall of Fame event on Saturday, April 20th at Goodworks Place. At the event, Forward Montana’s staff, board, and members will recognize and honor those rockin’ the Legislature, lugging gear bags full of clipboards, and rolling Montana forward. The inductees have supported Forward Montana’s mission of engaging and mobilizing young Montanans in the democratic process, as well as standing up for values important to young people, including equality, public lands, and election reform.

“We're thrilled to honor community members who have made such an impact on our state for young people,” says Executive Director Rachel Huff-Doria, “Rockstar Hall of Fame is a way we can celebrate those individuals who are working for a Montana where young people feel empowered to get involved in their communities.”

In addition to celebrating the inductees, Forward Montana hopes to expand its monthly Rockstar donor program to continue to mobilize and engage young Montanans in the democratic process. Forward Montana strives towards equality for all, environmental protection, education, election reform, economic strength and fairness, and access to healthcare.

The event will be held Saturday, April 20th, 2019, at Goodworks Place in Missoula at 6:30 pm. Food and beverages will be provided, along with the ceremony. 

Tickets and sponsorships are available online at https://forwardmontana.org/rockstar-hall-of-fame/.

This year’s inductees are:

Chuck & Joanie Tooley, Billings

Chuck is the former mayor of Billings; Joanie is the Executive Director of Bright N Beautiful and a former Editor of The New Republic

Tammy Lacey, Great Falls

Tammy is the Great Falls Public Schools Superintendent, retiring in June after 30+ years being an advocate for students.

Ella Smith, Helena

Ella is the Program Director for Montana Women Vote and a skilled organizer for low-income women and families.

Pat Sweeney, Billings

Pat is the Godfather of Montana organizing, founding organizations such as Northern Plains Resource Council and Western Native Voice.

Amy Cilimburg, Missoula

Amy is making waves as the Executive Director of Climate Smart Missoula & a longtime Forward Montana Rockstar.

BethYana Pease, Lodge Grass

BethYana is a Lodge Grass Alderwoman and incredible community organizer on the Crow reservation.

Ivy & Ivan MacDonald, Missoula

Ivy & Ivan lift up the stories of young grassroots leaders through filmmaking and storytelling in their MMIW film "When They Were Here."

Forward Montana is a statewide non-profit organization that educates, engages and organizes young Montanans to use the democratic process to improve their lives and the lives of their fellow Montanans. Find more information at www.forwardmontana.org.

Contact Sarah Korn, Development Manager at sarah@forwardmontana.org for more information.

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