Tate Morell scholarship fund surpasses $ 21,000 | State / regional


A GoFundMe fundraiser to honor a Wood River high school graduate who went missing in Montana this month raised more than $ 21,000 by Thursday afternoon, five days after it was set up.

The Tatum “Tate” Morell Annual Scholarship Fund was established by friends and family on Saturday July 10 – on the same day authorities announced the 23-year-old man was presumed dead after going missing in the wild. outside of Red Lodge in Mt.

The Hailey native graduated from Wood River as a Co-Salvationator in 2015. She was pursuing graduate engineering studies at Montana State University when she set out on a multi-day solo expedition through the Beartooth Mountains on the 1st. July.

Red Lodge Fire Chief Tom Kuntz said on Saturday Morell was unlikely to be alive given the region’s dangerous terrain, harsh weather conditions and the time that had passed since his last contact.

GoFundMe organizers Tyler Connel and Tate’s brother Josh Morell quickly exceeded their initial target; it has since been increased to $ 30,000.

“The past week has been tough, but to see the generosity and the warmth here has been incredible,” wrote Connel and Josh Morell. “It’s still very early days, but please know that the scholarship will be dedicated to women from the Wood River Valley and Red Lodge areas of Montana just like Tate, strong, determined and kind, with an endless passionate love for the outdoors.” . “

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