‘Thankful Thursdays’ to do 300th fundraiser

Event has raised nearly $3 million for local nonprofits since 2010
Published: Mar. 1, 2023 at 11:36 AM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Brian Grzegorczyk thought his idea for a fundraiser would run its course and the world would move on. Thirteen years later it still hasn’t.

‘Thankful Thursdays’ is a fundraiser for local charities that began in 2010 and continues today. Since then, its raised $2.7 million with no signs of slowing down.

It was started by local Bryan Grzegorczyk, who’s better known to the community as “Alf.” Wielding eccentric sport jackets and well over 6-feet tall, he’s a character hard to miss. Though it was unlikely for anything to stand out more than his famous multi-colored wardrobe, his action in the community has done it easily. But Alf never expected such success.

“When we first started this it was just myself and a couple people. I thought after a couple years it would run its course and go by the wayside. But it hasn’t.” Alf said.

Just like the money raised, Alf also gave the credit for the event’s longevity to others.

“We have a great selection of volunteers and we couldn’t do it without our sponsors,” he said.

Beginning March 2, the 300th ‘Thankful Thursdays’ will commence for the next 13 weeks.

The evening will feature music, food, card games, a silent auction, and much more. As contributor, Melody Fenton, described it, it’s a party.

“It’s a party with a purpose.” Fenton said. “It’s a great way for nonprofits to share their story with the community as well as raise money for their mission.”

Fenton also said they won’t be stopping anytime soon.

“It’s not going anywhere,” she said.

The event takes place at the Lincolnway Event Hall at 3839 E. Lincolnway.

The doors open at 3 p.m. and the live auction begins at 6 p.m.