Two Rivers Strong becomes a non-profit

Published: Sep. 6, 2022 at 1:39 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Two Rivers Strong, an organization supporting the community of Two Rivers, has officially become a non-profit.

The organization was founded by Mac Lebeau after his mother and others in the community became victims of an arsonist. Since those attacks, the community has worked to rebuild. However the need to raise funds eventually out grew the community. Lebeau realized he needed to make Two Rivers Strong an official non-profit and he took it upon himself to register the organization, as a 501-C3 non-profit organization with the Internal Revenue Service.

Since then, Two Rivers Strong has increased it’s ability to provide funds for the community as it rebuilds and heals from all the damages. After the registration was confirmed the organization began to hold fundraisers.

The latest fundraiser took place on August. 27, which is the anniversary of arsonist, Jamison Gallion; the person accused of setting fire to 7 structures in the Two Rivers community. “The Two Rivers Strong Fall Fashion Show” was hosted by The Spur in Fairbanks, Alaska. Just under 100 people attended the event and over $8,000 was raised. Part of those funds came from a 50/50 raffle which was accomplished by partnering with the Sons of America Legion who let Two Rivers Strong use their gaming license for this fundraiser. Since the Two Rivers Strong non-profit is a new organization, they will need to register and take a gaming test before acquiring a gaming license through the State of Alaska.

Two Rivers Strong has found other ways to obtain donations through corporate partnerships. Locally, they have partnered with the Fred Meyers hypermarket company. This allows shoppers to have a small percent of their purchases be directed to Two Rivers Strong through the Fred Meyers rewards program. Two Rivers Strong has also partnered with Amazon Smiles, a part of the Amazon Corporation that partners with charities and non-profit organizations.

Lebeau stated he was grateful for those who have supported the community through the Two Rivers Strong organization and that Two Rivers wouldn’t be where they are today without that support.