The McCall Jazz Festival, held in September in McCall, Idaho had its priorities set right… focus on delicious food, great music, and a beautiful backdrop. This combination is sure to draw a crowd, and that it did at over 1,300 attendees. That’s not only a boost for the local community, but a huge success for the true focus, to raise funds for two outstanding charities, The Shepherd’s Home and Interfaith Sanctuary.
Jenna Edwards, Assistant Vice President and Area Manager for AmeriTitle in Western Idaho shared her excitement about being part of this event. “AmeriTitle was a big supporter of the event. We had several employees who really enjoyed being part of it, working in the ticket booths. It is inspiring to see how much good can come out of a truly enjoyable day.”
Viewpoint Letter Oct. 1, 2015
The McCall Jazz Festival was held September 12, 2015 at Brundage Mountain Resort. The day couldn’t have been lovelier—blue skies, arched above the golds and reds blazing on the mountain, and world class jazz performed a perfect duet. The McCall Jazz Festival – music, food, sunshine and the beauty of Brundage Mountain Resort. The McCall Jazz Festival is a fundraising event for The Shepherd’s Home of McCall and Interfaith Sanctuary of Boise. … Funds raised help both places move forward with their parallel missions; The Shepherd’s Home provides a “safe haven” for children in need, and Interfaith Sanctuary provides shelter and service to homeless adults and families.
While these two non-profits directly benefit from the McCall Jazz Festival, the town of McCall benefits in a big way as well. There were over 1,300 attendees at the Festival this year. The majority of these visitors were from out of town. Our local stores, hotels and restaurants felt a ripple effect from these “one more weekend in McCall” visitors. McCall also benefits from Curtis Stigers’ ability to attract the best jazz musicians in the world to play at the McCall Jazz Festival. The opportunity to hear them in our town is priceless, as is the exposure the Concert brings.
The choice of the new venue, Brundage Mountain Resort, was a forward looking decision made by Curtis Stigers and Jodi Peterson (Stigers/Peterson Productions). The Brundage Mountain Resort venue allows for the growth envisioned for the McCall Jazz Festival. Stigers/Peterson Productions is laying the foundation to help the McCall Jazz Festival become a world class destination event. Their goal is to add smaller, intimate concerts throughout the year, culminating in the McCall Jazz Festival. The smaller concerts would be similar to the hugely popular Nosh and Sip event held at Rupert’s Restaurant the night before the main concert.
The Shepherd’s Home is incredibly blessed to be adopted by Curtis Stigers and Jodi Peterson. For us, they are the “makers of music and the makers of dreams.” Our mission has been forever affected by their support and passion. We are grateful.
The Shepherd’s Home Mission:
The Shepherd’s Home nurtures and protects children in need by providing a loving family home. We serve publicly or privately placed children of all ages. Our trained and compassionate team values each child, offers unconditional love, and encourages in each child a sense of self-worth. As a result, we play a part in breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect.
The Shepherd’s Home Board of Directors
(Letter shared with permission from Kelly Miller.)