Celebration planned to honor Mt. Jumbo avalanche volunteers


MISSOULA, Mont. - Missoula residents are planning to honor the volunteers who helped during an avalanche on Mt. Jumbo that killed one person.

A Celebration of Community event will recognize all volunteers and emergency response teams who were involved with efforts around the February avalanche.

The slide, triggered by a snowboarder, destroyed homes in the Rattlesnake neighborhood and buried three people.

At the time, dozens rushed to help and spent hours digging out the three- a couple, Fred Allendorf and Michel Coleville, and a young boy, 8-year old Phoenix Scoles-Coburn.

Colville later died. The snowboarder was not charged with any crimes.

Volunteers also spent several weeks salvaging what they could from the homes, and cleaning the area up.

The Celebration of Community is planned for Sunday, May 11 from 2 to 5 pm at Ten Spoon Vineyard & Winery in Missoula.

It'll be a potluck and guests are encouraged to bring a dish to share, as well as utensils and a chair.

The celebration will include kids activities, live music, materials to make prayer flags to fly during the event and an information table by the Western Montana Avalanche Center.

Donations are needed for the event- including food and non-alcoholic beverages, plates/cups/utensils, and gift certificates or small gift items for volunteers.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information on the event, or to donate, click here or call 549-7933.

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