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Area business owners encouraged to ‘Paint the Town Blue and Gold’ for Cat-Griz 2015

November 5, 2015 -- MSU News Service

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Area business owners are invited to help Montana State University celebrate the annual Cat-Griz weekend and welcome visitors to town by decorating their businesses in blue and gold during the week of Nov. 15-21. Business owners are encouraged to paint their storefronts, hang Bobcat flags or signs and/or showcase Bobcat merchandise in the windows of their businesses, according to Amy Kanuch, MSU community relations and marketing specialist. 

Kanuch said businesses that are decorated will have the chance to win prizes, including tickets to Bobcat basketball games, MSU gear, Bobcat cookies, stickers and more. Windows must be painted and decorated no later than 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, to be eligible for prizes. Volunteers on behalf of MSU will visit local businesses on Nov. 20 to pass out prizes to those who show “exceptional Bobcat spirit,” Kanuch added. The promotion is sponsored by the MSU Community Relations committee.

Kanuch said the committee also encourages business owners to participate in the 16th annual Can the Griz food drive, an off-field competition between MSU and the University of Montana to see which community can collect the most donations for its local food bank. The competition begins Saturday, Nov. 7, and ends Saturday, Nov. 21, at halftime of the Cat-Griz football game. Organizers of the drive ask that nonperishable food donations be taken to collection locations throughout Bozeman to support those in need in Gallatin County. A list of participating locations can be found at http://www.canthegriz.com/.

Bobcat supporters can designate their contributions to MSU by telling the Gallatin Valley Food Bank or collection location host that their donation is for the Can the Griz food drive. Monetary donations may be made directly to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank by texting CAN to 444999. Donations can also be made online at www.gallatinvalleyfoodbank.org. This year, Can the Griz shirts will be available at the MSU Bookstore. Proceeds from the shirts will benefit the Gallatin Valley Food Bank.

Finally, fans are invited to cheer on the Bobcat men’s and women’s basketball teams as they play a double header at home on Friday, Nov. 20. The women face The University of Portland beginning at 5:30 p.m., and the men play against San Jose State University beginning at 8:05 p.m. Tickets are available at msubobcat.com/tickets.

Contact: Amy Kanuch, MSU Communications, amy.kanuch@montana.edu or (406)994-7462; or Ellie Staley, Downtown Bozeman Association, ellie@downtownbozeman.org