Fundraisers planned to help quadriplegic state worker buy vehicle


Two fundraising events displaying legislative bipartisanship are planned in the next few days to help a quadriplegic state worker purchase a vehicle that will give him some freedom and independence.

And the public may attend.

Several state lawmakers will kickoff a fundraiser 6 p.m. Thursday on the second floor of the Montana Club, 24 W. 6th Ave., and officials from both sides of the aisle will be tending bar. There will also be live music.

All proceeds will benefit Jack Racicot, who wants to buy a vehicle adapted for the disabled that would give him more independence.

Racicot serves as a clerk for the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee. During the 2019 legislative session, he was snowboarding at Great Divide where he suffered a debilitating accident that crushed his C5 vertebrae and left him paralyzed from the neck down.

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Racicot, 25, the nephew of former Republican Gov. Marc Racicot, returned to the Senate as an aide in the 68th Legislative Session in 2023.

Sen. Mike Cuffe, R-Eureka, who is organizing the events, said they have a fundraising goal of $75,000. Checks can be made to the Montana Chamber Foundation.

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